I have been in such a reading drought this year. However, I cannot complain too much. The drought was a result of an increase in editing clients and projects to publish. That’s a good problem to have! One of my personal goals for 2019 is to read a total of 24 books (at least) so I decided to try and get my mind back into the reading swing of things and start early.
However, I was still in a runt, not being able to connect to any personal development books I started. I decided to try Audible and landed on Soar! by T.D. Jakes. I listen to a lot of his sermons and figured this would be the perfect way to dive back into books.
I’ll admit, it was hard for me to stay focused on the words. This was always my fear with audio books. I tend to tune out words, especially when working, so it took me awhile to finish this just because I didn’t want to not be actively listening. This book is full of gems about business and how it relates to the Wright Brothers. Many people thought they were crazy to believe they could fly, yet they stuck to their plan, pushed through their failures and kept at it until they were successful.
Can you imagine a world without planes now?
What I love about this book is that it’s so personally timely for me. I often feel overwhelmed with responsibility for my business and begin to doubt that I’m the one to truly make it successful, even though I created it. What I’ve come to realize is, a lot of my obstacles are self-inflicted and this book hit the nail on the head.
“Most of us can relate to feeling like we’re going around in circles, lost in a maze of our own making unable to find an exit to the live we long to lead. Instead, we feel trapped in tunnels, constructed by too many responsibilities and obligations.”
I’ve come to the point in my business where I’m able to put my pride aside and look for others to help with things I’ve been failing at. Marketing being my biggest issue. I used to feel like asking for help was an indication that I wasn’t ready to run a publishing company. I know that sounds silly now, but that was my fear. I also didn’t want anyone on my team who wasn’t as passionate about my company as I was, which is also ridiculous. Thank God for growth!
“Anytime you can hone your talent and perform various skills, you will always be able to work. But if you know why each task within your business must be tackled, you can delegate others to work for you. The why and the when of a task are inclusive for entrepreneurial leaders.”
All in all, I loved this audio book. It was really a confirmation from God that humbling myself in order to build my dream is what will take us to the next level. I didn’t add a lot of quotes because there are so many to glean from, but do yourself a favor and pick this book up.
Have you read it already? What were some of your aha moments?