So, anyone who knows anything about me could tell you that I wouldn’t be the first person you would guess to join a book club!
I was approached this winter by another one of my Lindbergh High School alumni Dan Greiner about joining a book club. At first, I laughed at him and was not interested, but the more I thought about it the more I was intrigued by it. Dan owns his own recruiting firm in the St. Louis area and is the largest mortgage recruiter in the country. Check out his website here! Dan came up with the idea from another guy, Matt Kresko. Matt also owns his own business as a recruiter as well. Check out his site here. The focus of the book club was to be business/self-development, and that is what sold me!
Since I have started my business, I have been very interested in what separates successful people from those that fail. What better way to learn then reading from experts in their fields that must have had enough success to get a book published. When the idea of book club started, we had over 25 people interested…the first meeting it was only the three of us! We did add one member along the way Colin McNeil, who is an insurance salesman.
The first book that we read was “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and it blew me away. Some of the most productive times of 2020 to date came during this time period. I wont spoil the book but highly recommend it and may do a review in another blog at another time. Want to know what was the most effective part though? It was meeting with three like minded individuals who are striving for the same thing. Our book club meets once a week and I look forward to that hour every week because I learn more each visit we have together.
Since our first book we have read two more for our meetings which were “The Wolf of Wall Street” by Jordan Belfort which for me was an absolute bust and I say save your money! The next was “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. This book was just as good as our first and touched on a lot of the same processes!
We decided to switch up book club as time commitments for each of us is different with families and time being a commodity for much of us trying to grow our businesses. We are now recording a weekly podcast touching on the highlights of each week’s business and self-development influencers, books we read, and quotes that may have motivated us during the last week. It also selfishly for me expands my knowledges into different sectors I do not have any knowledge of, and in return helps me understand even more.
To me our book club is more of a fraternity and I wish all three of us nothing but the success and they themselves have driven me to try that much harder each week. I feel like I am being held accountable by a close group and lights a fire that is different then performing for your own success. It is without a doubt one of the farthest things from my comfort zone, but I am glad to be a part of it.
If you have any book suggestions, podcasts you can’t stop listening to, or quotes that change your daily life drop them down below in the comments.
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Until I decide to write again….