I often repeat the Frozen theme song, “Let it go, let it go…” to my two daughters with a big old smile on my face whenever my daughters are…well, just being 8 and 10. Funny thing is I never heard the phrase, “Let it go” the first time I watched Frozen. To be honest, I was asleep. However, as father of two girls Frozen has become habitual, now all of us know the meaning of “Let it go…”.
This leads me to my 2016 goal to “re-read” at least 25 of the best books which are currently on my bookshelf. It’s fun to pick up the best of the best and cut directly to the essence of the book. Here is what I learned when my bookshelf become unfrozen.
Teach better: I was helping my son understand history by re-reading one of my Lincoln books. I made a simple observation which helped both of us forever remember a few important historical dates. “Cyrus, when was your Father born? 1966. When was the first Super Bowl? 1966. When was the emancipation proclamation? 1863 (Civil War 1861-1865). When was the Revolutionary War? (1775-1783). About 100 years separate 3 major events which affected his life. (4 if you count the 1st Super Bowl)
Connect in Context: Re-reading will allow me to not only remember, but to remember in the context of where I’m at today.
Example: Re-Reading Raving Fans: yes, I remember many of the points of Raving Fans but now when he says, “Paint a picture of the perfect store,” I now see the perfect GoNetYourself.
Speed-Read: I’m only reading for the main points and the deeper points of significance. At those points I slow down, repeat, read again, highlight, take notes, and then speed on. I can re-read a book in one night.
Top Ten 2016 Re-Read List
1.The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Thomas L. Friedman (the United States is Michael Jordan and Russia is Gary Payton, Friedman describes every country as an NBA player, it was funny.)
2.Good to Great / Built to Last: Jim Collins (Right people on the bus, become a clock builder.)
3.The Black Swan: Nassim Taleb (Identifying Black Swans and creating on their tails.)
4.Henri Nouwen: Everything he wrote should be on the re-read list
5.Immunity to Change: Robert Kegan
6.Clued In: Lewis Carbone
7.Raving Fans: Ken Blanchard
8.Making Ideas Happen: Scott Belsky
9.The Goal: Eliyahu Goldratt “find out where the problems are and focus on them”
10.The Membership Economy: Robbie Baxter (subscription business? it’s a must re-read.)