Last week I asked a smart (and fun!) CEO what book changed his life and/or his way of thinking.
He told me about The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz.
But added that a book is for a specific time and place.
Hinting that maybe it’s not the right time for me to read that particular book I guess.
When I first read it, the comment made complete sense.
Then, after a few minutes, I wondered….
Can we really anticipate what will make a difference?
Does it not make sense to try as many things as possible, see what we enjoy and let go of what we don’t?
Shouldn’t we read as many books as possible, when we feel like it or when someone we trust/admire recommends it?
I’m not talking a heavy book about physics where I wouldn’t be able to decipher half the science.
But a book about someone else’s experience.
A book that Amazon describes like this:
While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies.
I don’t know about you but that appeals to me.
And then this?!
A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.
Count me in!! 😀
I’m definitely interested in knowing more.
Just as I was interested in the Autobiography of Ben Franklin. And I’m not planning on starting a public library or running for public office! 🙂
Anyway… The book is on its way now….
I simply couldn’t resist the name of the author….. Horowitz….