I recently began attending a peer group. The question for our meeting this week is: What book or resource has been essential to your business success?
Interesting question. The word business in the question automatically sends me down the business book path. There are a lot of great business books, but have any of them been “essential” to my business success? I’m not sure. Certainly there are great ideas in many books, certainly some books are inspirational. I just don’t know that I can say one business book has been “essential”…without it I wouldn’t be successful?
I pondered the question for a day or so. I reviewed the books I’ve read and the ones that creep to the top of the list. I couldn’t commit. A lot of them were helpful or gave me new ideas, but I’m not convinced any of them were “essential”.
Then I realized my error; I was only thinking about business books. What about other things I have read? I reviewed my bookshelf again and I realized which book, for me, answers the question: “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch.
This book really drives home the importance of living your dreams, seizing the day, and remembering what’s most important in your life. It’s a reminder that how “success” is measured is up to you. It’s doesn’t have to be about the money (although that’s a nice side effect). Redefining success is the whole reason I have my own business. I’ll tackle my definition of success in a future post…
What about you? What book or resource has been essential to your business success?