The first time I heard the phrase, life-long learner, was when my (now) husband used it a number of years ago to describe himself. Ah! So that’s what it is called. I believe this is what I am. I’ve always loved reading books that can help me learn something relevant to my life.
Years ago, I read a lot of self-help books. Today the term that seems to fit better is personal development. I believe I’ve become a better person due to some of the books I’ve read. There are so many authors that have been my mentors, although they don’t know it: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson, Napoleon Hill, Bob Proctor, Jim Rohn, Paul J. Meyer, Jeff Olson, Ken Blanchard, John Assaraf, and lots more. Some of these people have written more from a business perspective, although to me it’s all good.
In the fall 2009, I learned about Gary Vaynerchuk and Crush It! He wrote that book for me. At least it felt that way. It’s all about following your passion and creating a business from it. Outstanding!
Recently I’ve been reading Seth Godin. His daily blog is great, and his books just speak to me. The most recent book, Linchpin, tells us to be indispensible, not ordinary. Phenominal reading. At least for me right now, since I believe that just the right book will always present itself to me when I need it most.
In the past few months, I’ve discovered Chip Heath and Dan Heath, brothers who wrote Made to Stick (How to get your ideas to stick in someone’s mind) a couple of years ago, and recently have come out with Switch, (How to change when change is hard). Great insight about change and how to get people to do it.
Exciting to me to start a new book and see how it unfolds and what I can learn from it.
What do you read? How do you continue your learning process?