Using my ride for more than commuting to work
As the founder and majority shareholder of a law firm, I view myself as a small business owner first and a lawyer second. Don't get me wrong, I take representing my clients very seriously, but if I am to survive as a firm, so that I continue to be of value to my clients, I have to pay at least as much attention to the business of law as I do the practice. Of course, running a small law firm is time consuming and leaves very little time for the other important things in my life like spendig quality time with my family and taking care of myself physically. So, I have had to look for small ways to inject efficiencies into my day, in order to make room for everything.
Like many of you, my ride to work in the morning is long and can feel like a giant waste of time. I have tried many diversions and distractions like riding my bicycle the 18 miles to work or taking the local RTD (Denver's transit system) and both of those tools have been useful. However, starting in March 2015, I discovered a way to make the commute, however I was making it, more enjoyable and useful. I downloaded Audible and Overdrive to my smartphone and began listening to books on my way into work. Before anyone yells at me, I know I am likely late to the party on this idea. However, for me, this was an absolute game changer. The nuggets I found in the list of books below, felt too good to keep to my self. They have helped forge a new perspective on business and leadership. Some of the material has proven affirming (I felt like I was doing the right thing, even if I didn't know why) and some of it turned what I believed on its head. Each picture below is a link to the Audible® book that I downloaded. For those who are wondering, "yes," this is a full-throated endorsement of these books and a small, but meaningful insight into the type of culture I am very interested in instilling in my organization.