2010 Reads

I was smitten with the title of this book, so I picked it up and read it. His main message is to read a lot of good books and then share this knowledge with your network and this will in turn create a good experience for those who work with and around you. He offers a genuine insight on how to weave knowledge and compassion into the work world to create meaningful and lasting relationships. Those of you are already doing this will see this book as an old friend. ***/*****

I didn't exactly finish this one...I had to return it to the library before I could finish it and never bothered to get it again--not gonna lie, I got a little annoyed with the author, but what I took from it was to not waste time. Get out there and make connections with people that care about what you are doing and who want to help you.  **/*****

I really enjoyed this book because it really forced me to think about why I'm choose to create images. It wasn't easy to put my philosophy into words, because having a creative passion is more about how it makes me feel vs. how I verbally think about it. But this book gave me the inspiration to look within myself  and really articulate it before continuing on with my endeavors. One of his major stress points was that people care more about the ideas of why you are doing what you are doing and what you are all about vs. only  what you are doing. *****/*****

What I took away from this was that in order to become a master at your craft, you have to put in the time. Every master has put in 10,000 hours into their craft. Having opportunities is a huge factor in how your successes will play out, but those opportunities will fall short if you do not put in your time. Practice practice practice.  ****/*****

This is a very practical book for any employee or business owner to read. It gave me straight forward ways on how to get organized in a way that's effective and sustaining. It's not the most exciting thing to read, but if you are looking to get a system down for organization, then pick this one up. *****/*****

This book taught me to remember that while living on this earth, I'm creating a story...my life, and challenged me to think about whether I was creating an interesting character...me. With every good story has a  character who wants something and has to go through pain and conflict to get it. The more pain and conflict, the better the story is. Am I doing everything possible to create an interesting story for myself with this one chance at life?  Since I've read this book, I think about this message often and because it's on my mind I'm always thinking about how I can make my life a more interesting story. It's helped me to not get stuck in a rut. And if I do, I have the motivation to get out of it quickly! *****/*****

I'm not going to say too much about this because I wrote about this book Here. *****/*****

If you aren't striving to become the best in your world at what you are doing, then quit whatever that is. Contrary to societies belief that quitters are losers, Seth Godin explains that quitting one thing may lead to further success in another area. When you quit something, you are able to give more time to something else. Eventually the novelty of whatever you are doing,  weather it's starting a new job, personal endeavor, project, hobby, whatever: you will eventually may become bored with it and you may think about quitting. Well, that decision will be more welcomed if you know that  is eventually coming. It's the idea of Go Big or Go Home. ****/*****

I can't lie, I'm one of those people that reads the last page of a book (or chapter) to decide if I should read the whole thing. I could tell I was going to enjoy this book because it read, "If I had to condense this entire book into a line or two, it would read something like, 'Work hard. Keep at it. Live simply and quietly, Remain humble. Stay positive. Create your own luck. Be nice. Be polite.'"...loved it, so I read it. Sorry if I spoiled it for you, but if you like that little passage, then you should read it too. *****/*****