“Go to bed every night a little wiser than you were when you got up.”- Charlie Munger
A common trait among successful entrepreneurs and business owners: the love of reading. The desire to achieve more and make a difference in the world is correlated to a strong interest in lifelong learning. Whether you’re a business owner or a team member dedicated to your craft, it’s vital to keep an open-mind and passion to absorb knowledge if you want to be considered a dynamic individual and improve your skills. A few famous examples of dedicated readers include Bill Gates (reads one book per week), Mark Zuckerberg (reads one book every two weeks), Elon Musk (an avid reader), & Warren Buffett (spends 80% of his day reading).
At RD, our team loves to read. We are a group of bookworms, but each with our own favorite genres. We believe reading is an important habit to improve our minds, skills & processes both professionally and personally. We set a goal in early 2018 to start a business book club. The first book our team planned to read was Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk. The book was overall short and easy to read. Yet, somehow our entire team was not finishing the book. Discussion dates kept getting rescheduled. As a diverse group with varying interests, it became apparent that as individuals, choosing their own book with a writing style & relatable voice was important. Three of us actually read Crushing It and found the stories interesting but found the information was knowledge we already knew. We decided to scrap the book club idea and let everyone explore their own reading materials.