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GUEST BLOGGER: WHAT BOOKS HAVE GUIDED YOU TO PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS?

So I am a huge fan girl of my hubby!  He has grown so much as a man since I met him 8 years ago!  I have watched him become a better Christian, man, friend, and young professional.  Within the last 3 years he has been promoted 4 times and I have watched him take each opportunity with grace and humility but also an insane amount of drive.  Since it’s his birthday month, today he is my first featured guest blogger who will discuss what book has aided in his career success thus far!

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Hello everyone!

My name is Sekou and this is actually my first time ever being a guest on a blog so I hope I’m doing it correct! Thank you, Kim, for being a great wife and for allowing me to be a guest blogger on your platform!

Have you always been a reader?

I actually dislike reading, but I am trying to overcome that feeling. I work in data and analytics so my favorite subject growing up was math, and my least favorite subject was anything that involved a lot of reading (history, English, etc). Cliff notes was definitely my best friend growing up, and I can also thank my ability to make friends because they would summarize what we were supposed to read the night before for me.

When and why did you get inspired to read?

Honestly, seeing Kim read so many books while being superwoman inspired me. She found time to continuously read so I knew there was no excuse for me. I would always find time to do other stuff so I decided to dedicate a portion of my time to get into reading. I also wanted to read more because it is a big hobby of Kim’s. Some great marriage advice I have received is that you should invest time into your significant other’s hobbies so this is my attempt at doing that. I think one of the coolest things was being able to talk about the book “The Alchemist” with Kim and being able to keep up with the conversation with her. Before I started reading more I would always listen to what Kim had to say about a book, but now I can now contribute more to the conversation about a book since I’m actually attempting to read more and that is pretty cool.

Kim is still superwoman and is still able to read 100 books a month, but at least I can talk about one of her books with her :-D.

What books have been your driving force in your career?

There have not been too many books that I have just leveraged for my career, but recently a book that has made a major influence on me is Never Split The Difference by Christopher Voss. We negotiate every single thing in this life (fellas, trust me on this), and this book gives out really good strategies on how to approach various scenarios. Another book that was recommended by my friend Arthur is Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher. It is another negotiation book with strategies that can help aid in getting what you want.

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What books have you started but didn’t finish?  Why didn’t you finish?

I started Soar by TD Jakes and the chapters I read were really good! If you’re thinking about being an entrepreneur, then I highly suggest that book.  I wasn’t able to complete it because I rented the audiobook from the library (another maneuver that I got from Kim), and I ran out of time before I had to turn it in. I had a very intense deadline at work for a project that we were working on so I had to dedicate a good portion of my time to that. I literally traveled to Idaho from Nashville in order to meet with one of our vendors in order for us to make our deadline. I’m currently back on the waiting list for the book and I plan to complete it by the end of 2018.

What books have you heard about that you really want to read?

Good to Great by Jim Collins, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, and Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It by Charlamange are books that I plan on reading in 2018.

If you could suggest any book to my followers regarding your career, what would it be?

This book doesn’t directly provide advice on how to advance in your career, but His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage by Willard Harvey provides a lot of good information for married couples, and also talks about difference aspects of how your career will affect your marriage. Your career and the money you bring home is just a tool try that helps you achieve the goal of living out a balanced and fulfilled life. If you’re constantly spending 60-70+ hours a week at work then some area of your life will suffer, whether it is your health, marriage, social well-being and etc. This book provides a different perspective on how to manage your career while wearing several different hats in life.

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Happy Reading everyone,

Sekou

5 thoughts on “GUEST BLOGGER: WHAT BOOKS HAVE GUIDED YOU TO PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS?”

  1. Enjoyed your blog Sekou!! I highly recommend Good to Great and 7 Habits! I haven’t read the third book you referenced. Maybe I should check it out!! I’m proud of you and Kim for making time to read and enjoy something other than career! Keep living, loving, and learning!

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