Balance

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reading two books – roughly at the same time. The balance between them is pretty amazing. And, they’re best – I think – when read together in much the way that I read them. How I ended up doing so in parallel is totally coincidental – but full of serendipity.

The first book is REWORK by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals.com. Famous for their Signals vs. Noise blog, Fried and Hansson have written loosely organized short essays about how to do business in a new way – one that emphasizes building private and profitable businesses from the get go, not looking to outside sources of capital. To those of us who seek to remain our own bosses, REWORK is a manifesto of ways to try to do that.

The second book is LINCHPIN: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin. Seth is pretty amazing – he dispenses great advice on a daily basis on his blog – and his book builds on those snippets but in a more organized fashion. He’s striving to get us to realize our uniqueness – suggesting we learn to push away our “lizard brain” responses so that we can actually deliver on what we’re truly capable of. He’s an inspiration.

In the midst of reading these two books, I lost my Dad to his struggle with prostate cancer. While his life was truly a gift to all who knew him, our sense of loss was very real. In a way that I can’t really articulate very well, going back and forth in reading these two books has helped me along the way in dealing with the loss of my Dad and in reflecting on what’s important – along with the strong support from our family and friends.

I commend both of these books to you – and hope that they similarly provoke your thinking about your life – and your future.

One Reply to “Balance”

  1. I identify so much with your reading style. I’m always reading two things at once. Just finished How the mighty fall by Jim Collins and am in the midst of Sarah Lacy’s Once your good…
    Two, having lost my father a number of years ago, I know how hard it is to articulate what it does to your life. In my case what has struck me most is the odd sense that at the age of 39 when he passed, I was finally an adult. No fall back, no choice. It was truly now up to me. Married with two kids, a career and a home owner and it took losing him to make me realize what an anchor a parent is no matter what your age.

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