Oscar Wilde once wrote of books, “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
Wilde’s quote begs the question, “What are YOU reading this week?”
I just finished two leadership fables, Great Leaders Grow, by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller, and Lead . . . for God’s Sake, by Todd Gongwer. Both easy reads, but packed full of great principles.
It would be easy to make excuses and act like I don’t have time to read. Truthfully, I have been slammed these past few days and tempted to skip the books. But I chose to discipline myself to wake up earlier so I could get in some extra time between the pages.
I picked light books last week because my schedule wouldn’t allow for too much heavy thinking, but I still read. Why? Because I have so far to go as a leader.
Someone once said, “The direction of your life will be determined by the places you go, the people you meet, and the books you read.”
If you don’t like the path you are headed down, perhaps it is time to pick up a book? Remember, “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
What is the best book you have read lately?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.