By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer
People have asked if I would share the resources I have found that have helped me on my path of growth, so today, I’d like to share some of those with you as you develop your growth plan. For a more robust list of resources, listen in to The Next Page podcast as Marisa and I discuss more!
Books are certainly a powerful way to expose yourself to great thought leaders. The second most powerful book to speak into my life is John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth (the first most influential book in my life is the Bible). It was the 15 Laws that helped me understand that we never arrive because the needs keep increasing. This may seem to be discouraging, but I don’t feel that way at all. I really believe it’s invigorating. There is so much to learn, so much to experience.
My personal goal is to read one book each month. I have done well with this, but as time progresses, I now realize that I need a better way to record what I am learning from each book. If you are not a reader, try audio books. They are typically less expensive than a hard copy book and can be listened to during your commute.
In addition to reading, I truly enjoy listening to podcasts. Podcasts offer you the opportunity to connect on an ongoing basis with thought leaders throughout the world. A great leadership podcast is The EntreLeadership Podcast. This podcast interviews a variety of the leaders in business, entrepreneurship, and professional growth. Another podcast I enjoy is Perino and Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What. This is a podcast that offers me a great perspective on the happenings in Washington and major headlines from the World scene. Dana Perino was President George W. Bush’s press secretary and Chris Stirewalt is a news analyst. What I love about this podcast is the conversational style. You can never be sure what they might end up talking about. Chris is also an expert on the various types of food eaten around the country so if you listen when you are hungry it may cause you to eat more than you would like.
Lastly, people are a great source of information. Just remember that everyone can teach you something. The key is that you need to be willing to ask great questions and be an active listener. These people can be family members, friends, colleagues, mentors, reverse mentors, and more. Keep an open mind because you can truly learn from anyone.
Join Marisa and I on The Next Page podcast to learn more about some of my other favorite books, podcasts, virtual mentors, and influential people.