Diversifying your Reading

I know… I’ve not made the best start to my new journey of writing content on Medium.

In truth, it’s not that I haven’t had the time, it’s moreso that I have just been consuming as much content as time will allow me to do so over the past few weeks.

I’ve read some truly great pieces already (a number of which I have recommended via my personal page) and I have set myself a goal to read 5 different pieces a day, varying in length, topic and author. So far, it’s been great.

I also set myself a target to read 1 book per month — Not groundbreaking stuff, but considering the time and consideration I like to put into each book, it’s an achievable target.

In September I read ‘Leading’ by Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Michael Moritz, a truly fascinating insight into one of the most renowned leaders of any sports organisation in the past 50 years. (Side Note. Sir Alex sits atop my Mt. Rushmore of Sports Leaders with Nick Saban, Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning — men who have transcended the realm of being legendary coaches or sports superstars with great winning records into true leaders of organisations.)

In the future I will be writing different pieces about the lessons I learned from this book, and how they can be applied on a daily basis to better one’s self, and support those around us to achieve their potential. Today I just wanted to share one tidbit from the book that I found interesting.

Sir Alex talked extensively about many of the nuances of leadership, but something that went under the radar was his love of literature, and how he applied what he learnt from this into his daily activities and teachings. As a man obsessed with the game, it would have been easy for Sir Alex to immerse himself only in football and the literature that surrounds it… but it was his love of reading and genuine curiosity in World History and American Presidents that led him to important breakthroughs in his coaching career.

We need variety to grow, to challenge our mind and to develop critical new interests.

Variety, curiosity and creativity are the reasons why Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’ is such a popular business strategy book today.

In the coming weeks and months I will continue to diversify my reading, and I encourage you to do likewise to broaden your horizons and reap the rewards.