Well summer is over, and it is time to get back in the blogging saddle.
Do you find value in reading books on sales, management, or life skills training? There must be something to the craze because the percentage of self-help books in print has risen from 1.1% to 2.4% of books in print between 1972 and 2000 according to Micki McGee, Self-help, Inc.: Makeover Culture in American Life (Oxford 2005) p. 200.
“You cannot open a book without learning something.”
I can speak from personal experience only, and that experience leads me to write this post. I have had a fascination for sales training and other self-help books for over 10 years. I may not have always agreed with every point made within a book, heck, I may not have agree with a single point in a book; however, every read has given me an understanding of a perspective or idea. The fact that I do not always agree with the perspective may actually make the reads that I disagree with more valuable in that they force me to dissect my personal perspectives on the subject. In short, the read becomes a sharpening of the saw more than a read that you completely agree with. The read you disagree with forces you to dissect your personal beliefs on a subject and take them to test. The result is a sharper resolve and a better understanding of your own theories, or indoctrination into an already self-internalized new belief and / or process.
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
- Benjamin Franklin
Throughout my career I have read many books and articles on sales and management training. I have always had a thirst for knowledge and a desire to understand multiple perspectives on a subject. During the next few months of blog posts I will be breaking down several books for you, and I will discuss with you my perspectives on those books. You will find that regardless of your personal beliefs on sales that there is something to be learned each time you open a cover.
Today I am only looking to spark your interest in the idea that there could be more for you to learn. As we go forward, my goal is to bring out some of the highlights within the reading material in an effort to sharpen your sword on a subject. I want to get you interested in educating yourself to the top of your profession!