I’m reading a book on home remodeling right now. I’m reading it to review it and to interview the author on my radio show, but I’m also reading it as an opportunity to learn more about something I’ve never done. The book is: The Survival Guide: Home Remodeling (Amazon link) by Diane Plesset (who was one of my clients recently). And while I don’t know if I’ll ever need the information in this book (I probably will), what I do know is I’m learning more about Diane’s profession and world and as a result expanding my horizons.
I enjoy learning outside of my discipline because it keeps my mind fresh and focused on what I do, but provides different angles to consider what I’ve learned. I think to be successful, its important to learn and keep yourself open by going outside of what you know to learn something you don’t know.
And Diane’s book is already giving me some ideas on how I can improve my approach to business. Developing a checklist for example that my clients and I go over is an excellent way to help measure the ROI that clients may need to know in choosing to work with me.
By reading something in a field I’m not involved in, it makes me look at my own business and my life from a different perspective, I might otherwise dismiss. I think that’s very valuable for business development and self development.
What do you read that’s outside your usual comfort zone? What has it taught you? Listen to my radio interview with Diane to learn more about what she does and her radio show.
Book Review: The Survival Guide: Home Remodeling by Diane Plesset
This is an excellent guide to home remodeling. The author has put together a book which is easy to understand and explores the pros and cons of home remodeling as well as how to successfully navigate the stages of home remodeling. The surveys that are included are also very helpful as tools for mapping out how your family will be effected by the home remodeling. The author also did a job of seeding the book with anecdotes of successful and not so successful home remodeling case studies, which illustrated her points and also showed how important it is to pay attention to details. I highly recommend this book if you are going to be remodeling your home.