Inspired by this Original Article of Seth Godin. This actually hits very close to home. For someone who find most business books rubbish, Seth Godin’s books are the rare gems. And he’s managed to publish so many of them! They’re not tomes but are timeless principles and stories to take with you on the road.
The best books are there to change your life. If you allow it so. Seth’s advice to pick three things are powerful. The attitude change will have much longer lasting effects than scanning books for some “actionable tools”. Numbered list alone doesn’t change lives. But with an open mind numbered lists might actually do. I’ve had that happen on occasion and the liberation was delightful. Really just pick one thing.
You’ve finished the new amazing book. Hard won wisdom of another person floating around in your head. But does it touch your heart? Three weeks from now what is going on with the three things? If the book hasn’t touched your heart has been mere entertainment.
It also needs to be considered that true changes depends on many conditions. Maybe its the right book and not the right time. Rereading it years later might be what it takes. Maybe its not the right book for you. Just because a book has sold millions of copies and smart sounding people raved about it has nothing to do with you.
Physical books are not the only things that are hoarded. Most importantly, the knowledge and wisdom that could have been unleashed in the world. That can be out there helping a lot of people. Manifest the book in your lives. Use the principles in your business. Treat your customers with grown compassion. True wisdom is not hoarded in someone’s mind, it grows being shared with the world.