Boston & New England Wedding Photographer Deborah Zoe

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The Bookworm Club: Who Moved My Cheese & It's Not How Good You Are But How Good You Want To Be

It's doubleheader day for Bookworm! I lumped these two particular books together because they are VERY quick reads with easy topics to digest. I look at them as more of bite sized inspiration, little nuggets to tuck away into your memory.

Both of these books have been recommended to me. I LOVE when people recommend me a good book!

I found both of these books at the used book store. A quick wash of the cover and they were as good as new, ready for me to mark up and enjoy! And enjoy I did!

I would highly recommend both of these reads to anyone, not just creatives and business owners. They encompass life lessons that apply far beyond your business.

Because both of these books are so short and quick I thought I'd give a five bullet point review on each; my top five take away points.

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson -- A book about two lab mice and two miniature humans. It's an analogy about the way we look at change and how we handle it. It's a fascinating description of the various reactions people have to change in their life. You may view yourself differently after reading this book, I did.

  • Change is hard but inevitable
  • While change can hurt, not changing can be more painful.
  • Learning to move with change and to expand your thinking will not only help grow your business but you'll grow too!
  • There may be people in your life who don't want to move with change. While painful, sometimes the best thing you can do for them and yourself is to set the example and change.
  • Same is simple. Same is safe. Change is difficult. Change is hard. BUT the other side of change brings joy, peace, and can often times be better than the same you are living today.

It's Not How Good You Are But How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden -- A book of quick and easy stories that focus on the varied success of businesses, people and brands around the world. It's a book of advice and tidbits to help you overcome yourself, your doubts, your fears. As Paul states, "Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have."

  • "Do not covet your ideas. Give everything away that you know and more will come back to you"
  • "Do not seek praise, seek criticism."
  • "So how good to you want to be? Quite good, good, very good, the best in the field, the best in the world?"
  • "Talent helps, but it won't take you as far as ambition."
  • "It's not what you know, it's who you know."

 

Currently I am reading Love is The Killer App by Tim Sanders. (I'll fully review when I'm done reading) In his book he writes that people who change the world, read and SHARE what they are reading. I could not agree more with this statement. I love being able to pass on books that have changed or shaped the way I see the world. SO I will be giving away one copy of either Who Moved My Cheese or It's Not How Good You Are It's How Good You Want To Be to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner at random tomorrow! Happy reading!