“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” -Harry S. Truman
During my freshman year in college, the Arizona Star called and asked me if I wanted to subscribe to their newspaper.
“I’m a college student. I don’t read,” I answered before hanging up the phone.
What I meant to say is that I don’t read for fun. Over ten years later, that’s still true. I don’t read for fun. I read to learn.
That wasn’t always the case. When I was growing up, I read a lot, and mostly for pleasure. As soon as I could talk, I was constantly bugging my mom to read with me, and by kindergarten, I was reading chapter books. During the summer our local library ran a reading program for kids, complete with milestones and prizes. The go-getter that I was, I always won all of the prizes long before the program ended. Throughout elementary and middle school, I carried at least one or two books with me at all times. Reading was a priority for me.
Then during high school, I stopped reading for fun. I was taking so many honors courses that I didn’t have time to read for fun. Or rather, I didn’t make time to read. Back then, I thought that studying and getting good grades was more important than enjoying myself. The only books that I read were the ones required for class.
Several years, one diploma, and a bachelor’s degree later, I was stuck at a dead-end job I hated and so depressed I couldn’t even look at a book, let alone read one.
That all changed when one day, one of my friends challenged me to read a book that changed my life forever. What came next was a rekindled love affair with reading that not only reshaped my relationships, but positively impacted my business by empowering me to start one in the first place.
Here are three books that were game-changers in my life and business.
Nicole Starbuck is an intuitive business coach helping spiritual women entrepreneurs stress less, achieve more, and build 6-figure online empires online without the burnout. Click here to learn more.