How to grow fast without making a lot of mistakes

Today, I want to share something a bit personal about myself.

I love to read and I’m not saying this in a “what you put on your CV as hobbies” kinda way.

my books

I shared this picture on Instagram yesterday and this is the cross section of my books in my family’s library.

Yes! Let me take the words out of your mouth, I can read for Africa.

I have been a book girl for as long as I can remember.

In primary school, I used to read all those Enid Blyton books a lot.

In secondary school, I used to read so many novels, that my aunties started getting worried about whether I even read my school books.

While I was at the University, I used to visit bookshops and I enjoyed walking around, looking through all the book titles. I would use up all my pocket money to buy books, and then make up for it by making and selling accessories.

During my masters, I read every single page of those big red and blue binders in the picture above and I loved it.

I haven’t changed much.

I still like to hang out in libraries or  bookshops when I feel stressed.

It relaxes me, and I tend to read more about what I am interested in.

Sometimes I read craft books

Sometimes I read business books

Once upon a time, I was reading Computer Science books

These days, I read a lot on my laptop.

You know what reading does for me? It opens up my mind…in ways that I cannot even begin to describe.

Apart from the fact that I naturally love to read, I got into a discussion with a very successful business woman in Nigeria. If I mention her name, you will know her , and she said to me, “Stephanie, just read, anything you want to learn are in books”.

She gave me a long list of recommended books to read and a whole lot of resources to just go and read.

I am still reading some of the materials she sent me, and as I read these books, I make adjustments in my life and my business, I change the way I do things and I see that my life and business is changing as I apply the principles in the book (or online article).

The thing about reading books is that in a few hours, you can learn what has taken another person many years and hard experiences to learn.

That’s why I really don’t believe that “Experience is the best teacher”, you can just learn from the people who have gone ahead of you and in no time, you would have gotten the same knowledge that they have.

Let me use the example of my courses, do you know how long it took me to learn all the things I can now teach you in under a month, can you picture how much money I spent on materials that were wasted in the course of trial and error? 

Learn from people who have already achieved what you want to achieve…that is a fast way to grow without making all the mistakes.

Today I have an exercise I would like us to do, Pick a book and tell us the name in the comments box, read a chapter or two in the book, and come back to tell us what you learnt from the book.

I will start with myself.  I just read a book called Double Double: How to double your revenue and profit in 3 years or less by Cameron Herold.

I read Chapter 1, Vision/Painted Picture and I learnt how to craft a 3 year vision for my company.

I have done it now, I have my 3 year vision all typed out and I am pretty excited about our vision. The future is so bright, I have got to wear shades. Lol

So that’s my book and the insight I got from the book, share yours in the comments below.

One last thing, if you like this post, please share this post with your friends

Lots of love

Stephanie

 

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8 Comments

  • Adetoun

    Reply Reply March 26, 2014

    Great piece. I know reading does all the magic but I struggle to it. Any ideas on how I can overcome the struggles?

    • Steph

      Reply Reply March 26, 2014

      Lol, you can start small. Don’t try to read a book from cover to cover. Just read one chapter at a time. A chapter won’t take a lot of time, so you can squeeze it into your spare time

  • prisca

    Reply Reply March 26, 2014

    Hello Steph, Gud mirn, tnx so much for ur infor n help. I also enjoy reading books. Presently, am reading a an inspirational book entittled IMITATE their FAITH, is based on the Bible. Keep on the good work. The book is helping me to see n know wat to do when faced with problems n on hw to overcome my any problem I might encounter with God’s help, as well as on how to imitate the Faith of those who walked with God in tym passed. Takia

    • Steph

      Reply Reply March 26, 2014

      Thank you Prisca for sharing this with us

  • Adunola

    Reply Reply March 26, 2014

    Amazing insights! This is just coming in very handy at the moment. I recently launched a book reading club for children and I am more encouraged to go on with the initiative and to teach them the benefits of reading wide. I am currently reading a John Maxwell book called ‘The 15 Laws of Growth’. So far I have learnt that growth is an intentional activity or set of activities geared towards your success. Thanks Steph! You are going an amazing job!

    • Steph

      Reply Reply March 26, 2014

      Awesome! You are welcome

  • Cynthia

    Reply Reply May 9, 2014

    Woooow thanks a lot Steph ur a great inspiration to me……..even though I am not much of a bookworm like you but I would love to be…pls send me a list of books that helped you grow

  • Tanks steph ! am also a bookhead i just finished reading a book by STORMIE and its titled THE POWER OF A PRAYING WIFE and i learnt dat watever i want in my marriage and my husband’s life all i need to do is pray. currently am reading a book by DALE CARNEGIE titled HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE. And i learnt dat in business you shouldnt criticise people or yourself.

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