Happy February, everyone! Gosh, is it really ONLY February?? I'm ready for summer. These last few days have been SO nice outside and I know that winter is waiting and that makes me so very sad. Oh well, summer will be here soon enough and then I'll be too hot. I can't be pleased.
ANYWAY! On to the topic for today. Drumroll please! lkasfowinerlkjasdfkjwoeirnlsdf (that's the sound a drum makes, right?) Today I'm talking about
WHAT I'M READING
Let me just tell you guys right now, I don't really like to read. I get bored. I will start reading a book, get bored, start another, get bored with that one, go back to the first one, bored again, start a third book....and so on and so forth. I think I've been "reading" six different books at one time. That method has never really worked out well for me before (go figure).
I've been trying to be more intentional about actually finishing books and picking books that are relevant to my interests (mostly business/marketing/photography). My friend Sarah got me a couple of books for Christmas, Poke the Box and We're All Weird by Seth Godin and I finished those books super fast (they are so small and easy to read). I'm going to be honest, I was suuuper proud of myself for finishing not one but TWO books in like...two days. Yes, they are small, but still, I did it. #bossmove ? Yeah, I'm gunna go with that. As of this moment I am currently in the process of [actively] reading four books ... #bossstepback ? Nope, I'm gunna say it's still forward motion. I'm getting better.
So what am I reading? Well, I'll tell you! (in order that I started reading them)
Book #1 Group f.64 by Mary Street Alinder - I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of photography. There is a quote in this book that completely altered the way I think about my work as a photographer. That's for another post.
Book #2 Ansel Adams An Autobiography
Book #3 Rework by the founders of 37Signals
Book #4 Essentialism by Gregory McKeown
All of these books are so so good and I'll get to talking about all of them at some point but I'm going to start with book #3, Rework.
I found out about Rework through Dale Partridge's Startup Camp, which I enrolled in at the end of 2015. Startup Camp is an educational membership site for people who need some guidance in making their dream business happen but don't want to go back through traditional school and class work. It's been completely amazing so far and I'm excited to share more about it in a later post but right now the point is the book...Every module in Startup Camp comes with a book recommendation and the first module's book was Rework.
This book is broken up into really short "chapters" and "sub chapters" that make it super easy to read really fast. I got through 90% of it in about two days, while only reading it on my breaks at work! It's hard to really sum up what this book says and has to offer so I thought I would just lay out the chapters + intro and conclusion like they're found in the book. Each bold word is the name of a "chapter" and the list that follows is the "sub chapters" found in that section of the book.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS BOOK
It reinforced the challenges I've heard recently to almost everything I'd ever heard previously about business. This book completely supports my own internal struggle about how there HAS to be a better way. I don't want to go into debt over my business, I don't want to spend countless hours/days/nights struggling to figure out what else I could do to make something better and more appealing. I don't want gadgets and bling and spice. I've always felt like less is more but for so long I have felt bombarded with "YOU NEED THIS," "DO THAT," "TRY ME," etc., etc., etc. I've been so overwhelmed with all of the options and opinions out there and this book had a way of calming me down. I'm starting to see this more and more in the things and people I find, this less is more, or less but better, mentality. It is so refreshing and energizing! I finally feel like I can really do this. It's ok to take it slow and it's ok to want to stay small and it's ok to not toss tons of money at an idea. Here's what the inside jacket of the book says:
Right after I got my copy of Rework I stumbled across an interview on one of my favorite podcasts with one of the authors! #score! You can listen to it below! Also, if you've never checked out the #beingboss podcast, you're in for a treat! Kathleen and Emily are so awesome and I love love love listening to their podcast episodes. And hey, major bonus points because Kathleen is actually a local creative right here in OKC!
What are you reading right now? Cause, you know, I need another book to start... ;)