When I started the book club about three months ago, I had a fuzzy idea of what it could be, I've tried to define what it would be and how it could benefit its members. But it's difficult to limit what books can do for any particular individual, everybody derives different kind of value from books.
I just knew that I wanted to read more and I wanted to have friends I could discuss the books with. In business and entrepreneurship, it really helps when you interact with people who are like-minded so I thought this would be a great way to carry out that idea and bring people together.
The definition of the club is still morphing, but each week it becomes clearer that the book club is a good thing. We've learned about why we do things out of habit, why social media marketing and social media are game changers, and now we're studying grit as it relates to success and perseverance.
I'm not sure what book is next, but I do know that we're having a great time reading and talking about these books. And as we grow, I invite you to come and join us. I've been thinking about expanding the club to have a virtual meeting as well, but we haven't had enough interest so far. If you can't join us in person, let me know if you would attend virtual meetings like a Youtube live meetup, or some other video conference meeting.
So how can someone join the book club?
There are no dues, joining is free. All you have to do is get the book and show up for the meetings. The first step is to join the newsletter and email updates here. This is where we announce which book we're going to read and what we're going to talk about each week.
Then you also want to join our Meetup page to get the exact date, time and location for each meetup; you can do that here.
We usually meet in Irvine for lunch and we talk about the book. Usually the meetings last between 1 to 2 hours, depending on the discussion and what's going on. We have a loosely planned agenda each week based on the reading assignment.
What are the benefits of joining the book club?
The first and most obvious benefit is the expanding of knowledge and understanding by reading some of the best books that we can get our hands on. Another benefit is the camaraderie developed between the members of the club because of a common interest: to grow and develop our business to new levels.
The books are carefully selected and curated with the goal of helping us learn more about marketing, psychology, business, sales and other related business topics. Sorry, no fiction here!
So if you want to learn more about how to improve yourself, how to grow your business, how to improve your process, or approach, I recommend you join us. The more the merrier, and your input is welcome.
From time to time, we also have giveaways. Last week John brought in some copies of the book #AskGaryVee to give away. And not just that, they were autographed copies. Free to anybody that came to the meetup. You should have been there!
So what are you waiting for? We're reading Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth. You can get it for free with Audible, or get the Kindle version like I did.