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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT YOUR SOCKS ON RIGHT THE BEST WAY TO LEARN SUCCESS
As a parent, there are a few signs that let you know you’re doing a pretty good job. I’d like to think one of those signs is if your kid likes reading because I was pretty happy when my daughter started showing an interest in books. My daughter really likes the read-along books you can download from Apple’s App Store. Our iPad has a full library of them! Lately, she’s really gotten into the National Geographic Kids books. She has “Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs,” “Little Kids First Big Book of Space,” and “Little Kids First Big Book of Why.” That last one has all those questions kids ask, like “Why do seeds grow?” and “Why do I have to eat vegetables?” It’s definitely a book I recommend to parents whose kids are in that inquisitive stage. I’d like to think my daughter has inherited some of her reading habits from me. I’m not a big fan of fiction books, but I really enjoy reading biographies or books on current events. As a business owner, I also read plenty of leadership and marketing books. My Kindle is full of books like Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” and “The Infinite Game.” These books really examine how we define success and what it takes to be successful. “The Infinite Game” came out last year, and I really enjoyed it. We have a habit of viewing life with a “winner takes all” mentality, like it’s soccer or football, where the goal is to win. But neither business nor life is really like that. Life is an infinite game where the only goal is to keep playing. By embracing this infinite game, we can become more resilient. I really like books that make me rethink my approach to life. Jeff Olson’s “The Slight Edge” is another book like this. Olson suggests that success isn’t the result of dedicating a huge amount of time into a massive undertaking. Instead, real success comes from giving yourself a slight edge with simple habits. If you want to be healthier, you don’t have to eat kale at every single meal. Instead, you could choose to drink water instead of soda at dinner. Every little decision adds up.
This mentality reminds me of another book I highly recommend, “Wooden on Leadership.” This book is by coaching legend John Wooden, and it’s all about how he created championship basketball teams. Wooden never focused on winning; he only focused on the process. For example, he taught his players the right way to put on their socks and tie their shoes to prevent blisters or injuries. Wooden never told his team to win games, but when he coached the UCLA basketball team, they won more national
UCLA Coach John Wooden Bettmann/Getty Images
championships than any other team. The building block of doing the small things right all add up. If you only read one book this year, make it “Wooden on Leadership.” That said, I think everyone should read way more than just one book this year. March 2 is Read Across America Day, so it’s a good time to reevaluate our reading habits. People ask me how I find time to read among being a lawyer, running my own firm, and being a dad. I don’t have a lot of time to read, so I have to make time. When I go to bed, I’ll read a book for 15–20 minutes. It’s not a lot of time, but it’s a great way to unwind. I also like having my Kindle with e-books on me, so if I have a chance to read at my desk during lunch, I can break out a book.
There’s a lot of great books out there that can teach us how to go further in life. If we don’t make time to read them, we can miss out on a lot. –Darl Champion
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