One of my goals for this year is to read more non-fiction – especially business related. I do love to read, but I love to read fiction. Let me give you an example.
For January I decided to read Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul by John Beckett. I started the very beginning of the month. Fourteen days later I’m still “reading” it. Why is that worthy of writing about? I finish 99% of fiction books in less than 24 hours. It’s rare that I’m reading the same book for 2 days – nonetheless 14 days!!! I’ve read about 5 fiction books in those same 1 days.
Wait, that’s not all. I started Personality Plus: How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself by Florence Littauer the end of December. I’m 3/4 of the way through that book too! It sits in a nice pile on my night stand with Loving Monday – under whatever fiction book I’m reading. And therein is the problem.
So why am I torturing myself? Why do I think I should read non-fiction?
- For learning – call it further education, acquiring information, or whatever you want to call it.
- For understanding more about business – the terms used and how entrepreneurs think.
- For inspiration, ideas, and courage.
I’ve been intending to read The 4-Hour Workweek for years because I’ve heard lots of recommendations for it. This year I’m going to do it. As a homeschooling mom working freelance as an online content creator I don’t really have a work week; basically, I work all the time. I want to learn to be more efficient with my time.
Another author I heard good things about is Jon Acuff. My friend enjoyed reading his book titled Start and liked it. While that one looks interesting I think I’m going to go for Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job because it says it has “inspiring stories and actionable advice.” Some of his points that I’ve read online I like and others I’m a bit skeptical of – so I’ll see.
1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire has been on my “to read” pile for over a year. I just keep shifting it around to get to the fiction books below it. Maybe I can learn something from it.
My curiosity is piqued to find out if The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change will be helpful or too simple after reading these other books.
For the 6th book I’m going to list How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life because it talks about focus, and that’s something I’ve been working on.
My goal is to read one non-fiction a month. That doesn’t seem like many to me, but my track record indicates that it’s gonna take me a while to finish a non-fiction so that seems like a good goal to me. Last week I took my daughter to the dentist and got through several chapters while waiting. I only took the non-fiction book so that I couldn’t reach for the fiction.
My plan is to give you an update in July on how I did with this list and the next 6 nonfiction books that I will read. Meanwhile you might see book reviews from the ones I get through.
Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear what you think about them. Do you have a business book that you would recommend to me?