I love books. I love the smell of books. I collect them. I download them. I listen to them. I strive to learn at least one thing from every book I read, and I usually read 2-3 books per week. One fictional book (historical fiction, mysteries, biographical, and sci-fi are my usual genres.), the rest are business related (sales, marketing, analytics, productivity, psychology, leadership and management- most have sticky notes and written notes in the margins).
As I was thinking about what lessons I found from the books I’ve read over the past year, I came across Adam Townsend’s post “Why I don’t recommend books about sales.” Obviously given the title of this post, I don’t 100% agree, but he has a very important point : “Books can’t teach you to shut up.” When we shut up we learn the most.