Do you remember what it was like growing up? I do… And I miss those days.
Not only because of the freedom I felt when I was riding my bike with friends. Or rollerblading down streets by myself trying to go faster.
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Those were great. But there’s something else I miss from my youthful days.
I miss the imagination I once had.
My imagination used to run wild. I would imagine myself as an astronaut. Flying into the dark abyss of space and discovering new worlds.
Or maybe it was the times playing G.I. Joe. I vividly remember Duke and Snake Eyes and Scarlett battling the evil Cobra. Snake Eyes would climb up the yellowed power cord of a light we had hanging in our living room. Read more...
Epic stories that span the length of time. Space operas telling the story of a battle never won. Fantasy lands brought to life in vivid color through the minds of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and other fiction writers.
There’s a magic behind fiction books. One that draws readers into a story deeper than themselves. One that helps readers to remember and understand the story better than any non-fiction book will ever do.
I still remember the stories I read as a child. Peter Cottontail, the various Star Wars novels, the Tortoise and the Hare. These novels and fables told a story that engaged my imagination and helped me live in another world.
They also did something else. According to research, reading fiction books transforms the readers. Not only do they get taken to far away worlds, readers become something new. Read more...
When I began diving deep into the personal development world, I was fed a lie. I was told not to do this one specific activity. Years later I regret buying into the lie.
Successful people don’t do this. Successful people run fast and far from this. And successful people don’t partake in this activity at all.
Lies, lies, and more lies.
So, what was this activity so many personal development and leadership gurus told me? These gurus told me and countless others to flee from the evils of entertainment.
Well, as Ash Williams said in the cult classic movie Army Of Darkness “Me? I’m through running.”
Why Leaders Should Enjoy Entertainment
There have been plenty of reasons given as to why leaders SHOULDN’T enjoy entertainment. These excuses range from
There’s no time in a leader’s day to listen to music or watch a movie Read more...
Reading is key to staying ahead of the curve as a leader. With reading, you’re able to stay up to date on the latest trends, discover old classics, and find enjoyment.
I’ve found all of that and more as I’ve expanded my reading library. There’s been must-read fiction books that I’ve devoured. And business books that have given me new insights.
With the new year just kicking into gear, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my list of books you should add to your reading list this year.
Remember, with just a little effort every day, you can fly through books. Reading as little as 10 pages a day (Approximately 10 minutes), you can finish an average 200 page book in 20 days. That means you can finish all twelve of these recommended books by the end of the year. Read more...