Good to Great by James Collins

From Good to Great by James Collins is a staple in large corporations and small businesses alike all across the world. It is one of those books that states the obvious in a clear and compelling way, and inspires immediate inspiration. If you are like me, that inspiration will expire quickly!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great read. My challenge with the book is it talks about the benefits of focus, doing that one thing great. Well, more than one thing, to do everything great, and nothing mediocre. Indeed, most people know this to be true, but how do you summon the will power and discipline to deliver greatness in everything in life?

I didn’t think the book offered enough strategies on how to sustain greatness in the long run. I thought I talked about a lot of common sense things, although it’s hard to know what common sense is these days.

Give and Take by Adam Grant

Welcome to my blog, and to my first post!

My first book recommendation is called Give and Take by Adam Grant. This book really opened my eyes about how I personally behave, and those around me behave and why we feel certain ways about people.

The general idea in the book is that there are people who are givers; those who give more than they receive. There are equalizers, those who always want to “re-pay” anything that was given to them, and there are takers; those who receive more than they give.

This applies to everything in life, even simple things, like how conversations go. Some people do all the talking, others balance it well, others only listen. What really opened my eyes is how some of my “closest” friends behave with me, where they are usually always taking and rarely giving. It seemed innocent enough, coming over to the house and consuming my food and drinks, while rarely inviting to host themselves.

While I accept others for being takers, it made me a lot more aware of my own behavior. I have always been a giver, but it does leaving me feeling resentful towards some people. Now with those people, I am more aware not to give as much, which should make me feel better about the relationship.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book, check it out on Amazon!