I just returned from managing a bookstore at a conference. With over 150 technical and business books available – the three most popular books were:
In fact many people bought what I consider to be the “Misery Bundle” – all three of the books together. I think many of us could use a few chapters of each. These books played heavily on my mind all week. Am I balanced? Am I happy at my job? How can I not let the turkeys get me down? On the last day of the conference I attended a genral session presentation given by a 44 year industry veteran. He is wildly successful. He ended his speech with a story that concluded with words of wisdom from his dad – “Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes”. Well – this was certainly an “AH HA” moment for me. Nothing changes if nothing changes, nothing changes if nothing changes, nothing changes if nothing changes…… This has been a flashing neon sign in my head for two days. I want to tattoo on my body, write it in lipstick on my bathroom mirror, make it my password. There are many gurus, smart people, authors – out there who talk about shaping your destiny, empowering yourself to create change. However, never before had I heard it so simply put.
For me – it negated any need to read the books. It all starts within and changing what needs change.
Enjoy the weekend.