I know this blog was to be about my learning journey as I recorded my travels to new discoveries. But the blog has taken a backseat to all the learning that I’ve been doing. I promise I will get back to it. Since I started this blog, I have graduated from the University of Wyoming, taken on a new job, traveled across the country and moved into a new home, started a new business, and started writing a book. A lot of learning has happened along the way. Let me take a moment to catch you up on one learning project—the writing of my book, The Power of Reading. Read more
History is always fascinated me. I love to look into other worlds and other times to see how people dealt with the day to day. Recently, Bernadette and I have started to watch Downton Abbey, a show about Victorian England and the different classes of people. So far, I have enjoyed watching how the aristocratic and servant classes work together in their society. It is interesting to see their struggles as well as the cooperation and support they provide each other. This series prompted me to learn more. I was fortunate to come across the book written by Elizabeth L Banks called Adventures of an American Girl in Victorian London*.
How is it that one civilization advances to the point of putting a man on the moon and another civilization is still using stone tools? Jared Diamond has provided the answer in a most fascinating book called Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. In this book, Diamond took me through a multi-continent journey, where he explored various civilizations. He explained why some civilizations advanced and dominated other civilizations throughout the course of history.
Over and over again, entrepreneurs interviewed on Entrepreneur on Fire have listed The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles* by Steven Pressfield as a best business book. In fact, as I write this blog post, it has appeared 31 times out of 1,755 interviews. I finally took a moment to sit down and read this book. On many levels, I can understand why it is been recommended. Read more
Last week, I received a book and the author asked me to give it a review. This book focused on Jonathan Hagmaier’s journey into entrepreneurship, the development of his company, and the final sale of the company. Aha to All In: Life Lessons From an Unexpected Entrepreneur is the name of the book. All in all, I am not sure what I think of the book. There are many great lessons in the book; but, I was not comfortable with the first person narrative of the book. Read more