I’m not easy to scare. I’m not an anxious or nervous person. In fact, I am so normal that I am often bored by my lack of lunacy. My kids say that the only thing I am scared of is missing out on a fun time. In the past, they may have been right.
But I have a new fear that seems to have crept up on me when I wasn’t looking. I feel it in libraries and bookstores. It makes me truly uncomfortable in these places that should be quiet and calming.
So What’s Up?
I have tracked and analyzed this feeling and have discovered its source. Libraries and bookstores make me anxious, because I am now comparing all of the books I want to read with how little time I have left to read them. The equation does not work in my favor. And this freaks me out.
I love to read. Reading a book is like being the recipient of an organ transplant. Because as you read, someone else’s knowledge gets transferred to your body of knowledge. Yet, unlike when you receive a new, kidney, heart or appendix, your body rarely rejects new reading material. Even when you disagree with what you’ve read, you incorporate it into your understanding and world view.
Entrepreneurship Makes Symptoms Worse
I have always loved to read. But ever since I founded my advertising and idea agency, The Weaponry, my reading pace has picked up. So has my phobia. My FOLAB (Fear Of Libraries and Bookstores) is like FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Except the FOLAB stems from the knowledge, perspective, and mental stimulation I know I will never receive.
I have read several sources that say the average CEO reads one book per week. This doesn’t surprise me. Because entrepreneurs are looking for as much knowledge as they can accumulate. I turn to books as my primary source of professional inspiration and education. I pick up something useful in everything I read. I always juggle several books at once (because they are safer than chainsaws). And most of my commute is done listening to audio books. Yet, time is slipping away.
I am confronting the finite amount of book-reading life I have left. And I am in desperate need of some knowledge donors. Please share some of your go-to books that you feel I should prioritize. The average age of my four grandparents was only 95 years old.* So I may only have 50 years of reading left. Oh, my gosh. Seeing that in print is totally freaking me out. Please help by sending your reading recommendations today.
*My Grandma Albrecht is 98 and still going strong. So the average is still going up. But still…
6 thoughts on “What this entrepreneur is suddenly afraid of.”
Your Grandma Judy has a lot of book recommendations!
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I got my inheritance from her in western novels!
I have the same fear…here are a few off the top of my head. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Was Kennedy’s favorite book. The Things They Carried by Time O’Brien, Vietnam Vet, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, my favorite book in the past 10 years! She wrote it while Grad School at U of M. The Polish Officer by Alan Furst, The Divine Comedy by Dante (everybody should read this poem!) A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (was for some reason a “kids” book, like the Hunger Games) Night by Ellie Wiesel, A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink (all his books are great-including To Sell in Human) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig (classic) Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, The Heart of Change by John Kotter
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Great adds Swanie! Thanks. The Alchemist was a key part of my journey to today. And I’ve read several books by Pink, (who I believe is from Bexley). The rest are new for me.
Pink is from Bexley.
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