It’s extremely important to stay abreast of what is happening with current events, whether related to business, politics, local happenings etc.. There are many sources to do this including your local newspapers (whether paper on online), magazines and other periodicals, news on TV etc (personally, besides reading a few newspapers online each day and going to the library weekly, I use www.news.google.com to see what is happening in various subjects around the world). However, it seems that many people neglect books these days as a way to further their learning.
While most books could be considered “out of date” by the time they are in print, the reality is many of the lessons from the past are still very relevant today. The old adage that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it is so true.
There are some books I have read over the years that I would consider to be useful for all to read. There are many more I could recommend but rather than listing a lot of books that might get skipped over, I would like to start with these three with the hope that some people reading this post might take the time to read some, or all of them.
The first book I would recommend for all is “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In”. While the subject might give the impression of only being applicable to someone who is involved in business negotiations, the reality is, every one of us is involved in negotiations every day of our lives. Whether it’s negotiating a contract to buy a company, or negotiating a plea bargain with a defendant or negotiating with a loved one about what to cook for dinner, we all negotiate on a daily basis. This book has some great reminders that we don’t need to be thinking in terms of zero sum agreements (which means for one side to win the other side must lose). Instead, in many cases, there are win/win solutions available. I have read this book at least once a year for at least 15 years and strongly recommend it to everyone.
The second book is Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search For Meaning“. This is a must read for many different reasons including learning how if you think things are going poorly for you, things could be worse yet you can survive, thrive and learn from all situations. This book can definitely make a difference in your life!
The third book is “Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson. This is an extremely quick read that teaches a great life lesson through a very simple story. I enjoyed the story so much and also found it to be such a powerful way to teach that it was the impetus for me writing the book SoccerAtEase (which can be found at www.socceratease.com). Considering it can be read in an hour or two, Who Moved My Cheese is well worth anyones time to read.
If you have any recommendations for books people should read, you can either send them to me or add them to the comments section of the blog
Have a great day!