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?

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Kevin Burrell

9 years ago

“Lead…For God’Sake”  – Is by far one of the best books I have ever read!  Big statement I know, but true.
 It just so happens that the guy who wrote that book is a very good friend (Todd Gongwer). It is now out in every major retail book store through out the USA. Every coach, teacher, pastor, athlete, corporate business leader, etc..needs to read this book!! RG, glad you were able to carve out margin in your life to read it. Good blog today, Thanks!


9 years ago

thanks KB. It was a fantastic read & has changed the way I look at some things in my life & leadership. Thanks!

Chris Patton

9 years ago

I also recently read Lead…For God’s Sake!.  I agree that it was a great read!  Our friend in common recommended it to me.
After that, I read Kisses From Katie.  Wow, what a story!  I highly recommend it.  I got to hear her speak at Catalyst and was very impressed.  The book raised that impression!


9 years ago

Good stuff CP. Thanks for commenting!

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