I know not everyone adores books and has not done so since they could first read.
I know not everyone has two giant towers of books (nearly 50 at last count!) waiting to be read.
I know not everyone insists on reading only book-books (as opposed to e-books!) and buying them from independent book stores in order to help them survive.
But what I don’t understand is why more business people don’t read books to improve and grow their business.
Since writing my own book about my first four amazing, wonderful and, frankly, terrifying years in business, the reactions from some have left me speechless.
The one that stood out the most was someone who wants to open their own business, but doesn’t need my book or any other book about business because “I’ve been managing a business for years.”
The key word there is “manage”; not own. My, how it’s a different reality when it’s your name on the accounts!
So, given my love for books (second only to my love of shoes!), and how they have helped me so much in my Shoe Garden journey, I was delighted when I was asked to nominate my Top Ten books on business by Kochie’s Business Builders.
I took it super seriously and had to cull quite a few as I had so many options. All the books I’ve included have made a difference to how I run my business.
Books should inspire, challenge and motivate you. They should open up new worlds, new ideas and new discussions. Perhaps it’s because I’m devoted to learning how to be a better shoe shop owner (something that will never end as, seriously, there’s always something new to learn) and that books have served me so well on this journey into business to date, that I am such a devotee.
I don’t care how successful you are (or think you are!) in business … reading about someone else’s journey is always something to seek out, enjoy, consider and learn from.
Until next time