I had a great conversation a few evenings back with a new friend. She had read many of the same books I used to read when you saw Book Reviews popping up on this blog on a very regular basis. I still read those books, but MUCH MUCH slower than I once did and consequently I found the conversation as challenging as I found it interesting. I felt a little “off my game” because of some of what I didn’t know or hadn’t thought about.
The primary reason that I was a little off my game was that I have largely turned my focus from books about sociology or management or politics or science to blogs and books on product management or technology. It’s lead to a ton of professional growth over the past 4 to 6 months and some fairly exciting things at my company.
Clearly I can’t both work at the level that I do AND read at the level I’d like to, but I think it is time to get back to a happy medium. I think it will help me both personally and professionally. A little bit of critical thinking and intelligent debate in your personal life can show a lot of value in your professional one.