my personal first aid kit contains a fave!
While this can be limiting at times, for the sake of today’s
navel gazings post, it’s not.
For today we are going to choose to view self-definitions as merely information on how we see/view ourselves.
A chunk of my self-definition is I’m a voracious reader.
A piece of my self-definition is:
I struggle to find new books to read as it seems I’ve devoured ’em all already!
When I first moved back from Guatemala I lost that second piece for a while & nothing made me happier than the day I realized I’d reclaimed it.
My self-definition also includes the words: lover of the memoir.
No matter who you are or what your life experience—if you pen a memoir I’ll read it.
one of my FAVE FAVE FAVES.
In which genres do I not define myself as a reader’s reader?
Two words: self-help and business.
I see people rave about their favorites, I write them down, I plan to read, I never do.
Sorry Kelly O…
It’s for that reason I’ve become kind of obsessed with a blog post by the inimitable Seth.
He suggested–paraphrasing–we identify 3 people who influence our work (friends, family, co-workers, mentors etc).
Next, he instructed, we choose 3 books which challenge our “normal.” Books we’ve read. Books we feel a need for them to read so we can discuss.
Finally, Seth wrote, we gift all 3 individuals the 3 books and ask they do precisely that!
I found his suggestion intriguing. I couldn’t do it.
It wasn’t I’m unable to ask for what I needed —I was stumped as to as which books I’d proffer.
So I did nothing.
I *have* read this one!
I’ve watched as the “book-ask” evolved into a status update on the Book of the Face
Friends, virtual co-workers, family making the ask there:
I was paralyzed with this as well (go me!) because books I read become like my
I love, love, love them all and even considering distilling to a list of 10 made me sad.
And so I ignored the Facebook tags and, instead, resorted to begging you to join me in what I was currently reading (which was typically trashtastic as life can feel slammed by serious):
The thing is, when I do the above sort of ASK it’s not only spray and pray (to borrow a PR term) —I risk nothing.
I’m not identifying my team.
I’m not making myself vulnerable.
I’m not imposing on others and asking they spend their most valuable resource.
I’m ready to ask.
Before I can, however, I need to complete an assignment of sorts.
I have to identify which book (3 feels like too many) I “need” my team to read.
Which leads me, in a circuitous way, to the point of my post.
- Imagine I’m on your team (because, really, we know I am): what BUSINESS or SELF-HELP book would you ask me to read?