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One of my favorite quotes about reading is by Haruki Murakami. In it he states...
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
This is one of the many reasons I love to read. Now, that wasn't always the case. In fact, I was a pretty poor reading growing up. Naturally, I'm a creative that enjoys taking in information through conversation, video, and events like going to see the author speak instead of reading the book. A few years ago all of that changed. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. The fact of the matter is that if you are continually reading, you likely lend all your learning to experience. Growing up, my employers would stress "learning by experience is the best experience." As a business owner, I see now that success is built upon the application of knowledge, not just applied experience. Through reading, you can gain the experience that people have yet to chance you. Through reading, you can travel the world from a singular location. Most importantly, through reading, you can expand your mind, increase your capacity and, as a result, take hold of opportunities that those who can't (or choose not to) read will never get.
That said, I have provided to you below a host of books that I know you will enjoy for one reason or another. These are books I found or was recommended to me that helped shape my life and helped me build the mental models that continue to make me a success as a strategist, business owner, coach and speaker.
Book of the Month
Unity is in high demand right now, but how did we become so deeply divided in the first place?
When it comes to race relations and the current political climate, I like to tell people that "Today is yesterdays tomorrow." Meaning, how things are right now is a result of how things were handled back then; moreover, tomorrow is dependent on how we handle things right now. If the state of our nation matters to you The Color of Law by Mr. Richard Rothstein would benefit you.
This book explores the division of American and the many (forgotten or intentionally hidden) trials, decisions, cases, arguments, movements, and laws that gave language, structure, and systemization to the very thing we, as a nation, are fighting to change or, in some cases, preserve.