There are books that you read and forget almost instantly. Then there are books that stick with you long after you’ve put them aside.
In this week’s Conversations from the Corner Office, ID Plans CRO Seth Garber talks about three books that have made a lasting impression on him.
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. This book is all about following your dreams. It tells the story of a young shepherd boy in Spain who has a vision of finding treasure in the Egyptian pyramids and then he sets off to do just that. During his journey, he meets many messengers who teach him valuable lessons, the most impactful of whom was an alchemist. The alchemist helps him clarify his goals and mission while at the same time encouraging him to stay true to his dreams. It’s a really beautiful story and I often think about its message when I feel discouraged or am tempted to give up.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Looking for a book on leadership? This is it. The guys who wrote this led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq war so I’d say they know their stuff. This book tells the story of their seemingly impossible mission to secure a city in Iraq and the lessons they learned along the way, namely that leadership at every level is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. The book also teaches you how to apply their leadership methods in your everyday life both at home and at work. I love how they break everything down chapter by chapter to make it easy for readers to implement change.
Living with the Monks: What Turning off my Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus, by Jesse Itzler. The title pretty much says it all. This book really resonated with me because I see a lot of myself in the author – someone who is go-go-go all the time and doesn’t always set boundaries between my work and home life. The author realized he needed a break and so he decided to move into a religious community where life was a lot simpler. During his time there, he found himself struggling to find the balance between inner peace and the need to be connected at all times, something I think we all feel! The lessons he learned – namely that taking a break every now and then is important for your well-being – are good ones. While I don’t always succeed in doing this, it does make me more aware when I’m getting too caught up in the chaos and it encourages me to take a step back.
What books inspire you? Leave your comments below.
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