What Your Bookshelf Says About You. What’s on Yours?
The other day I was chatting with one of the members of my Personal Board of Directors, and we got to talking about our personal libraries. He and I both enjoy thrillers by such authors as Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and Lee Child, so we have many of the same books.
He then told me that he was getting away from fiction altogether, that he wanted to focus more on the self development types of books.
Specifically, he was in the middle of reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Since we had that conversation, I've almost re-read the book for the second time and am so glad I did. If you haven't read Think and Grow Rich, you need to; it is on my EmpoweredU Reading List and I highly recommend it!
Our conversation gave me the idea for writing about my personal library, which brings me to my two main questions:
- What's in your personal library?
- Is your personal library a reflection of who you want to be, and an indicator of what you want to accomplish in life?
If your library is like mine, it is partially filled with spy novels and adventure stories. If you're a doctor, your library may be filled with studies done by peers, or articles on research. If you're an artist, maybe yours is filled with your work or work that inspires you.
If you're looking to develop yourself as a person, as a leader, or as a parent or sibling, does your personal library reflect that? If not in your library, is there other evidence of your journey toward success?
If it's true that what you spend your time and effort on is who you are, what does your bookshelf say about you?
Here are some things that I think you may find on a leader's bookshelf in their personal library.
- Books about self and professional development.
- Notes taken on ideas and outlines for future plans.
- Notebooks filled with quotes and thoughts jotted down while at a motivational seminar or leadership summit.
- Books about philosophy, business and management.
There are literally hundreds of items a leader may have in his personal library. Below is a low res image of my bookshelf today. Click the image to open the full-size picture (warning for mobile users, this is a 3.5 MB image)