My love of books goes back to when I was about three years old.
As soon as I could form the sentence “I want to go to the library,” my Mom or Dad would take me every week to get a new stack of books. I remember the smell as I entered the San Anselmo library and strolled through the aisles. My senses tingled as I saw new stories, and I would have to negotiate with my parents about how many I could carry home in a given week.
This love stayed with me my entire life. Picture books turned into Miss Piggle-Wiggle, then the Chronicles of Narnia, then books about world mythology, then school books, then a phase of intellectual books to convince myself that I was smart like The Archeology of Knowledge by Michel Foucault (it didn’t work; I would have to temper my pain at reading one chapter by reading People Magazine for a few minutes).
About fifteen years ago, I fell in love with business books and have never looked back. I never tire of reading new ideas and insights for how to start and run a business.
But the volume is overwhelming.
I jumped on the chance to talk with him about the book, since I was really fascinated to understand the process by which they selected the very best business books.
As an author, I was excited to learn the criteria they developed to select one hundred books from the hundreds of thousands in the business category. The criteria were:
- Accessibility: Is the book understandable, easy to read, engaging?
- Applicability: Does it apply to today’s business environment?
- Quality of Idea: Would we do this in our own business?
Favorite quotes from the podcast:
Listen and learn! The podcast interview is here.
And get your copy of the book here. This one is a definite keeper.