March 10, 2006

FundingUniversity’s Suggested Texts

I grew up constantly reading. My mother would ground me from my books. I’d hide in my closet with a flashlight and a Boxcar Children book when I was supposed to be cleaning my room. As I grew up, I found Nancy Drew, and read the entire original series. Probably, Carolyn Keene can be credited with any analytical skills I’ve managed to acquire. In the 6th grade, I discovered fantasy books, and stuck with Susan CooperMadeline L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkein for a while. Then I graduated into the classics, and fell in love with the writings of Dumas, Dickens, Austen, the Bronte Sisters, and Twain. I still try to keep up on these. In fact, just this morning before work Captain Ahab revealed his quest to the crew on the Quarter Deck to hunt Moby Dick to the ends of the earth.

It wasn’t until my summer employers (two remarkable guys) asked me to read Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen Lundin and co. that I took the time to crack a business book. I thought it was amazing! It changed the way I saw my workplace, my schooling, and my behavior in several facets. I handed it over to my mom, thinking I was doing her a huge favor by recommending this treasure trove of golden wisdom. Her response: “It was good, but pretty typical of this kind of book.”

Okay, so I’m a sucker for motivation. However, this assignment changed my productivity as an employee and my paradigm on reading. Reading material pertinent to our fields helps to keep us grounded (not by my mother anymore) and can provide clarity in situations where there’s too much pressure to execute only in the mundane. Innovation flows as imagination is allowed a little room to reign. Don’t get too caught up in the every day tasks that you forget to learn.

I recently compiled a booklist for FundingUniverse.com. I am fortunate to work everyday with entrepreneurs who’re dedicated to not only growing a successful company, but to building their knowledge base and becoming experts in their fields. They gave me some great titles, and as soon as I can, I’m gonna lock myself in a closet with a flashlight and skip cleaning my room.