I’m not really the sort of person who lives her life by books of any sort (unless you count Pratchett’s Discworld series?) but have been reading a few lately that have had me pondering life, the universe, everything…
I bought How To Win Friends And Influence People roughly around the time I returned to work. I am not particularly interested in the friends bit (because I have enough of those of course ;)) but I know that I have quite a negative personality at times and find it difficult to talk to clients specifically. So in an attempt to become a better colleague, and better at answering the needs of clients (to make and complete sales, as well as in a user support role) I invested a few quid. I’ve not finished reading yet but think it’s already made a difference.
Secondly, and more to help me answer questions and settle ghosts from my own childhood, I bought Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves. I’m not sure if it’s turning into a perfect mother … in fact I’m sure it’s not! However, it is also making a difference in that I have started identifying flashpoints which make me cross and helped me come up with ways to deal with my own feelings.
Both offer a lot of food for thought. I’m not sure what I hope to achieve in the long term by reading either of these but thinking and analysing oneself can’t be all bad (right?)