If you read a lot of books on entrepreneurship or business, you’ll find most of the authors say somewhere something like, “All successful people read a lot of books.” That’s not just self-interest in selling more books. What it really says is that successful people have a commitment to lifelong learning. It’s a requirement for success.
Many people are content to put their brains in low gear once they graduate from college, or even high school. After all, kids, family, and the typical 10-hour workday take so much energy, they don’t have a lot of extra energy available to actively learn new things—at least not new things that don’t have an immediate application. I understand. I’ve been there, too. A commitment to lifelong learning is hard. But it’s a requirement for success.
Why do I say that?
Because the world is constantly changing, and you have to constantly learn new things to adapt to the changing environment. For example, I recently wrote a series of posts about legislation in the Texas Senate that would outlaw a business practice my team has used to buy and sell properties. Granted, they good senators are trying to close some loopholes that allowed unscrupulous frauds to harm innocent—remember that the secondary definition of innocent means “ignorant” or “unaware”—buyers. I support their intent, but the action was akin to using a sledge hammer to pound hail dings out of a fender. (Please contact your legislator, to help amend the bills as submitted.)
I had to learn a lot about these proposed legislation in a very short time to both understand their impact on my business and be able to explain it to you, my dear readers.
In fact, all of us at Hermit Haus Redevelopment are committed to lifelong learning. We have each spent thousands—hundreds of thousands between us—of dollars on books, classes, and other forms of education. One of the primary purposes of this blog is to share the fruits of that investment with you.
To that end, I’m starting a new recurring segment under the tag Book List. I’ve mentioned individual books in posts before, but this series of posts will focus exclusively on important books and articles. But I don’t want to hog the “limelight” here. We know from our WordPress, Facebook, and Google Analytics data that there are thousands of you readers out there who read this blog, at least occasionally.
So here’s what I want you to do:
- If you see us talk about a book that has influenced you, let us know the good, the bad, and the ugly. Just comment.
- If there is a book that has influenced you, share it with us. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know about it. If you’re really excited, draft a review of the book. Don’t worry about it, just send us your thoughts. We have professional editors who will “pretty up” the spelling and grammar for you.
Together, we can help this community keep informed about all kinds of important subjects from self-motivation to the latest trends in business and industry. I look forward to hearing from you!