Each month I’m sharing the books I’ve read recently. Today I’m catching up on September and the beginning of October.
Entreleadership, by Dave Ramsey: I’ve been listening to The Dave Ramsey Show regularly for about five years now. I’ve heard Dave talk about his book Entreleadership repeatedly. It’s a guide to growing your business from the ground up, or “from the trenches” as he says. I actually purchased this book for my husband when it first came out. He read it and it has sat on the bookshelf since then. I kept looking at it saying I would read it, too. But it wasn’t until I started my own business that I finally decided it was time. Overall this book was an easy, quick read. Many of the chapters deal with aspects of business that do not apply to what I do – building a team, dealing with coworker conflict, encouraging your team. But I still read every chapter and found great benefit from the chapters on goal setting, creating a mission statement, watching the numbers and more. If anything, after reading this book you will walk away with a better idea of how to lead yourself and encouragement as you set out to achieve your dreams.
Eat Move Sleep, by Tom Rath: Somewhat coincidentally, author Tom Rath was a guest on the Entreleadership podcast at one point. I wrote down the title of his book after hearing his convincing story about the importance of diet, movement and proper sleep. Probably the most shocking part of this book came in the first few pages. It said that out of a group of three friends, one of those friends will develop cancer during their lifetime. I started reading this book on the patio on a warm summer day with – you guessed it – two other friends. Rath talks about many of the practices we are already familiar with but breaks them down into small, easy tasks. He tries to make healthy living an ongoing improvement process. I gathered several tips from this book and it’s the sort of book I could see myself re-reading simply because too much information was shared to fully remember in detail. But if you forget the details just remember – eat better, move more and get enough sleep.