Over the past few months I’ve developed a new morning routine – I pour my cup of coffee, sit down at my desk and review my Hootsuite streams. After I reply and retweet the posts I found interesting, I check my email for new articles from blogs I am subscribed to. While neither activity is reading a highly intellectual newspaper, I believe my parents would be proud. Like them, I am remembering to read.
I would like to confide a secret that only my husband and immediately family members know… My library fines keep the local public library going. Yup, that’s right. I’m a library book hoarder. No, not a hoarder like you see on TV, but the stack of library books next to my desk is… Ridiculous…
If you’re wondering why I don’t just buy the books, I have a good reason: Most often 80% of the books I check out end of sitting by my desk for the term of their loan. If I get bored of the book I’m reading I move on, but in the end I would be buying a lot of books that I never touched. PLUS, when I find a library book that I really enjoy, that’s when I may consider buying it. I consider the library to be a test-drive service for books rather than cars.
While my non-business related interests range from knitting to baking, playing games (board and computer/console) to writing, my passion for reading was instilled as a child. I never leave the house without a book and a notebook to take notes in. Whether sitting at a little league baseball game for one of our sons or sitting in the doctor office waiting room, I probably have a book cracked in front of me. And, most times the book is a non-fiction “How To” book. I am proud to profess I am a nerd who loves to learn.
Remembering to read is crucially important for any business owner or employee, client or contractor. Whether fiction or non-fiction, the ideas which can flow off the screen or out of a book are infinite. Whether you’re a video game designer/developer looking for inspiration or a CPA who loves crunching numbers all day long, I guarantee there is inspiration out there in the form of words to help you in your profession.
Kim Sutton is the Managing Partner and Chief Everything Officer of The Sutton Companies, including Sutton Strategic Solutions and Sutton Creative Studios. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture.
An avid reader and passionate learner, Kim is constantly researching, studying and developing business improvement strategies. When it comes to client work, Kim especially enjoys helping her clients develop innovative marketing strategies and sales funnels, particularly when they are using Infusionsoft to automate all the heavy lifting. To find out how you can further develop your company’s marketing and automation strategies schedule a 1-hour Business Boost Strategy Session by clicking here.
In her free-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and five children. She also enjoys reading, knitting, writing and playing video games.
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