Thursday, March 18, 2010


A vice-president of a Fortune 500 company was getting to know a newcomer in his division, so he asked him what he liked to read. "I'm not really interested in reading," the man said. To which the vice-president said, "Then you aren't really interested in succeeding around here."

Morton Blackwell of the Leadership Institute said: "People who don't read cheat themselves." In a speech titled "Read to Lead" Blackwell continued: "By not reading, they limit what they can achieve, make mistakes they could avoid, and miss opportunities that could improve their lives. Finally, as the gaps in their knowledge become apparent, they must reconcile themselves to not being taken seriously." (emphasis mine)

Glad that's not the case with the leaders of MonaVie Team. As near as I can tell, the top 10 leaders devour 75-85 books a month between them and they've been doing that for the past 7-10 years.  How confident are you that the leaders in your organization are that committed to self improvement? 

Leaders are readers. Period.  If you're not a reader, you're NOT a leader.  You may be a manager, but you are no leader.  And if that bothers you (as it should) then start reading.  Find a mentor who you know is well read and ask for guidance in selecting books.  I suggest you begin with these 5:

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz, PhD
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger
How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People by Les Giblin, and
Positive Personality Profiles by Robert Rohm, PhD

Don't like to read?  Then start with Read and Get Rich by Burke Hedges.  The info in this book will blow you away!  And if you haven't read the top 10 books ever written, he gives you the list. Any person who wants to be taken seriously would have these ten in his or her library - and will have read them!

So, how's your reading going?

Or have you just decided to not be taken seriously?