Each month we bring you a book we think is worth shouting about.
From the relationship between consciousness and thought, to how great leaders inspire action, we’ve handpicked a selection of texts that have enriched our lives and changed the way we do business. David introduces the idea behind the book club and gives a teaser of some of the content we’ll be sharing. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
The Book That Changed My Life
It’s funny because when I was a kid I didn’t like reading at all, but now I devour books. You may have heard people talking about ‘the book that changed their life’. I used to be quite sceptical about the idea that a single book could alter the course of anyone’s life. However, after reading a book called Manifesting Change by Mike Dooley everything…changed. I guess his book really did work!
Before reading Manifesting Change, I approached the ‘self-help’ genre with doubt. I didn’t think that I could connect with an author in such a profound way that their ideas could alter my approach to life and work. Thankfully, I was wrong. In the opening pages of his book, I discovered that Dooley and I had followed similar career trajectories. We both trained as Chartered Accountants with PWC and continued our practice internationally. I was fortunate enough to meet Dooley on one of his courses last September, and it turns out we were at PWC at exactly the same time! If a Chartered Accountant from Florida could write a book about living the life of your dreams, touching on metaphysics, creativity and happiness, a CA from British Columbia could certainly read one. I’ve been revelling in the power of the written word ever since.
I always endeavour to improve the ways I approach business and strive to learn and grow in my personal life. The books I’ve read have taught me so much, from the importance of vulnerability to how to take part in the entrepreneurial revolution and start a business that works. As an entrepreneur, it is vital to continually look at how you can improve and grow both personally and in business, and books are one of the best ways of doing this. If you are still sceptical, as I was all those years ago, perhaps you will listen to Elon Musk, one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time:
“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk
As a founder, you have achieved great things. You may have grown and taken on a few staff, most of the companies I’m working with now employ at least half a dozen people, some as many as 40. They’re doing a million plus in turnover, or have plans to get there. Yet I often find with these types of organisations that the visionary founder makes all the big decisions and has a bunch of people around them who do what they’re told, and may not necessarily have someone who can sit at the same table and challenge them, and question them, and urge them to improve.
Books can be a fantastic source of this, and can get you thinking about what you need to do to optimise not only your business but your experience of life. For this reason, each month I’ll be introducing a new book for you to read in the hope that it will be able to improve your life and work, as much as it has done mine.