I have really been enjoying my goal of reading 12 books in 12 months. I know it isn’t alot, but having a goal means that I am actively taking time to read adn learn, and that is such an important part of owning a business and life in general. This month I chose to read EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. Jeremy has read some of Dave Ramsey’s other books about personal finance and I knew I was a fan of a lot of his principles, but I wasn’t one of those fanatical Dave Ramsey fans….well after reading this book, I think I just might be one of those fans. The wisdom in this book is incredible, and I love the Biblical principles that he uses throughout the book. I highly recommend the book to just about anyone. It is amazing if you own your own business or are in a leadership position, but I think that anyone could get something out of this book.
Dave Starts the book talking about what EntreLeadership is, as well as talking about how we start with a dream and end with a goal. Such good stuff. I love when he said “You want to know what is holding back your dreams from becoming a reality? Go look in the mirror.” How true is that! We hold ourselves back because we are afraid to dream to big, or to actually put those dreams into actions. I have heard many people sneer at the idea of setting goals, being organized and thinking positively about business, but Dave points out that those people aren’t usually living the life that they want. I have become such a fan of goal setting and keeping things organized, and this book just confirmed that in me. I am such a firm believer in putting your goals out there. Dave said “One of the powers of goal setting is that it pulls you toward your goals because they are clearly set before you.”. I could go on and on about goal setting, but I already wrote a post here about it so go read that! My monthly goals will be on the blog tomorrow, so make sure to post yours too and comment with a link so we can encourage each other.
The book discussed building momentum in your business which was great, as well as his formula for success and growing your business. He has chapters on dealing with people, including customers, other businesses, and employees. I also loved his chapter on the art of selling by serving. It was full of information on how to really serve your clients, and help them have the experience that they want and deserve.
I really loved his chapters about leadership and how people are most important. he discussed how he builds unity in his company around common goals and principles, and how he rewards and encourages those that are getting out there and making it happen. He shared so much insight into his company, and though he has high standards for his employees, he also creates an amazing work environment that people want to be a part of. I learned so much about building community instead of just building a company. It is not uncommon to find financial gurus that are all about acquiring wealth, but Dave talks so much about giving it was refreshing. I finished the book with one of my biggest takeaways being “When in doubt, be generous.” I want to be generous with my money, time, and talents, everything we have has been given to us by God and we want to give freely.
I hope that wasn’t too terribly long….in case you didn’t read the whole post, and skipped to the end…the point is…go read the book. It is probably the best business book (besides The Bible) that I have read and I would recommend it to anyone.