As usual for a Sunday morning, Chris Brogan has gotten me thinking. Thinking about Indigo Girl and what the business and I need to focus in on for 2013. Today he’s challenged us to a Thee Book Diet (#3DB). The concept revolves around the fact that we are in an age of information overwhelm. We read vast amounts of material. We skim it, rush through it and rarely revisit it. So, how much of that information do we actually absorb and put into practice?
It’s a good point well made. The challenge is to pick three important books to read between November 2012 and November 2013, and read only those. Read them, reread them, absorb what they are trying to teach and adapt that learning to our daily lives.
This will be a difficult challenge for me as I always have multiple books on the go for business and for pleasure, but it struck me today that the books that I have in various stages of reading are contributing to the clutter in my mind. It’s something that I need to address. So, I’m going to take up the challenge and this blog is going to keep me honest!
It’s taken quite a bit of thought this morning but after a great deal of soul searching here are the three books on my shortlist. They won’t be final until 1st November – I’m open to suggestions – feel free to poke holes in my choices 🙂
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Steven Pressfield writes brilliant books in the self-help genre – Do the work and The War of Art have probably been the most useful books to me during my career as a professional writer. I haven’t read anything along these lines recently, and I am pretty sure that my process and attitude could do with a little readjustment. It’s a lifelong learning process, and I could do with being taken out of my comfort zone.
I’ve been trying to read this book by Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Viera since 2008. I’ve gotten to page 40 on several occasions! It’s a challenging book that delves deeply into our belief systems and helps you unravel and release the ego. A dear friend, Ron Rink, who passed away this year, recommended the book to me. I dearly miss his wisdom and counsel. It’s time to put the work in on this particular subject. Ron was an inspiration and a good man – his writings can be found here, here and here.
This is a bit of a no brainer. It doesn’t come out until 25th October. It’s Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s latest book. Content creation and digital marketing are a big part of my business these days so this seems like a good fit.
The thing that worries me is whether these books are varied enough. I might switch out The Impact Equation for Ctrl Alt Delete – by Mitch Joel that comes out in May. It might align better with what I am going to focus on in 2013 – the Indigo Girl business model and ongoing expansion.
What do you think of the Three Book Diet concept and which three books would you chose? I’d love your thoughts and advice why not share them in the comments section.