Our ever-inspiring editor in chief at REALTOR® Magazine, Stacey Moncrieff, brought an interesting experiment to my attention earlier this month, and I’d love to get your thoughts on it. I admit, I’m a little conflicted on it myself.
Chris Brogan, bestselling author and CEO/president of Human Business Works, has a proposition: Read three books—and only three—over one year. The point of the exercise is to move from quantity to quality, spending more time absorbing and implementing the lessons books have to teach us and less time collecting books in our “read” pile.
Here are his rules and suggestions:
- Choose 3 books to read from November 1, 2012 until November 1, 2013.
- They can be new to you or old favorites. Any genre. Any kind.
- Read these books for an entire year. Over and over. At least twice.
- Implement what you can.
- Pick books that represent different facets of your life (Brogan is choosing one for each of these three categories: body, spirit, and business).
- You have until November 1 to choose, but after you start, you have only one week to change your mind on only one title, so after that, you’re locked in.
- Students have permission to read outside of the 3 books, but only for school.
You have to admit, it’s an intriguing dare. But I don’t know if I could commit. Continue reading »
By Agnes Masnik, Freelance Writer for REALTOR® Magazine
To avoid complacency, think of one personal life change to focus on. It could be attending a networking event each month, brushing up on social media and technology-based marketing tools, or cracking open that book you have been meaning to read.
Making a small, imperceptible life change can be the secret to achieving your personal goal, says Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS Magazine.
In his new book, The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success (Vanguard Press; November 2011), Hardy reveals why small, consistent changes and smart choices on a daily basis can equal big rewards in the future.
With 17 years experience studying personal development and achievement, Hardy covers many of life’s bases and he helps readers explore options for creating good business habits, a healthier lifestyle, and a more fulfilling personal life. This book is not real estate specific, but it does capture the essence of Hardy’s passion for success.
Hardy got into real estate when he was 20 years old. He remembers entering an office of 44 veteran agents with thick Rolodexes full of clients. During a meeting, one of them even called him “a naive snot nosed kid.” That encounter, he says, was a turning point in his career. Three months later, he was outselling the entire office. Continue reading »