Good Books to Read: Part 1 is the first post in what will be a series. I will talk a little about each book and how it impacted me. That way you may decide if it is something you want to read or not, either way is okay by me.
This idea came from interaction on my last post Positive Thoughts : Positive Attitude : What has it Got to do with Business. Zach Spuckler from Spruckler Fitness said to me “I would love to hear more about the books that you read and what you get out of them!” He also shared what he is reading. So I decided to do a post and hope you will leave your book recommendations in the comments below.
My initial intention was one post but then I realized it would be very long as I have read many.
My next ideas was that I would do a series of good books to read on various topics – like money, business, personal development. But (and yes it is a big but) categorizing books is not all black and white. For example I have seen Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki in books stores in sections that vary from finance, personal development, business and new age! Probably because there are elements of all of that in the book.
Decision – I am just going to write in several posts without categories called Good Books to Read. I am sure I will miss out some of the books that impacted me earlier in my life as I no longer have some of them.
Before I dive in I just want to say I also have read some awesome novels however this series is about non-fiction and books that can create growth or change in a person.
Good Books to Read – Some Autobiographies
Richard Branson Losing my Virginity
I love the story of Sir Richard Branson and all that he personifies. His success is unquestionable and he embodies that fun and very alive – daring style.
The book was the first part of Sir Richard’s life and it ends in 1993 so clearly much has happened since. It is the story of the birth of Virgin Records and then various other businesses including the airline.
It tells of the brutal battle with British Airways and of the sell off of his first baby being the music and a few other businesses.
It is a book about business survival, determination and a will to succeed.
To answer Zach’s question “what did I get out of it” I love his ideas on team work and having a culture that can be fun. I have always aimed to have that sort of culture in our businesses.
Anita Roddick Body and Soul (sadly it is now the late Anita Roddick)
If you are unfamiliar with who Anita Roddick was she founded The Body Shop in 1976. The Body Shop grew to be an international company. It was founded with very little capital and is a rags to riches story.
As I write it just occurred to me that this second book here is another British person and also someone who was anything but conventional. She had a deep belief that business could and should be fun. A bit of a trend here 🙂
This book impacted me a lot when I read it many years ago. There were not very many women role models in businesses early in my business career so I was drawn to this woman’s success.
She was highly passionate and started the company out of a strong dislike for the cosmetic giants. That is obvious in this quote!
It is immoral to trade on fear. It is immoral constantly to make women feel dissatisfied with their bodies.
It is immoral to deceive a customer by making miracle claims for a product.
It is immoral to use a photograph of a glowing 16 year-old to sell a cream aimed at preventing wrinkles in a forty year old.”
– Anita Roddick
What I got from this book was that business can be fair and ethical.
Born to Win – John Bertrand as told to Patrick Robinson
Unless you are an Australian or a keen yachting fan in the USA you probably have never heard of John Bertrand. He was the skipper of the yacht that won the America’s Cup from the USA in 1983 which was the first time the United States had been defeated in the 132 years of the race.
John Bertrand of course became an overnight hero here in Australia. People here stayed up all night to watch the race. If we are old enough to remember it we will never forget it.
It is a book about life, love and the triumph of the human spirit. It is about total team commitment and hard work.
It is a book that in Australia was studied by many business people. Bertrand’s most famous quote after his win was “Dennis (Dennis Connor) had a team of champions ; we were a champion team”. And in that quote lies my biggest lesson from the book. It applies in sport and in business. A champion team will win every time!
I know nothing about sailing and I loved the book.
So there it is… my first three books in my series good books to read. These are all books I read years ago and are jam packed with lessons.
Good Books to Read : Part 1 became only 3 books. I see this could be a long series. 🙂
Have you read any of these books? What is one book that has impacted your life?
Make it a great day.