Books & Books

19 May

Books & Books

There is a saying by academic James Bryce that said, “the worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.” Now, more than ever, I find that quote truly resonating in my life. There are such powerful things you can learn through a collection of words, whose intricacies intertwine into a beautiful novel.

Recently, I find myself being drawn to bookstores. I could spend hours roaming through its isles. On Wednesday, I took this notion to another level by attending a discussion on a piece of literature at Books & Books. The last one I partook in was a few months back; I was lucky enough to hear Walter Isaacson’s take on Steve Job‘s life and the journey they both took in recounting his life for his memoir.

Chris Guillebeau & I

$100 Startup

This time, Chris Guillebeau, author of $100 Startup, came to speak at the Coral Gables Books & Books location. $100 Startup was not only a sneak peak into the world of entrepreneurs and creative thinkers, but also a collection of anecdotes which provide inspiration to all. Chris mentioned his book was 300 pages of next steps for the creative minds that are seeking creative freedom. Some of the key takeaways I got from this meeting were:

  1. Sometimes it’s the indirect skills that lead you to the direction you’re seeking.
  2. Magical equation to your dreams = Passion + Usefulness
  3. Define your own success. 1) Inspiration + action. 2) Education 3) Create a sense of urgency. // Time is short.
  4. There is no innate entrepreneur, it is more of a mindset and curiosity that is sparked from within.
  5. Benefits versus Features: Adding something positive or removing something negative correlates to the emotional happiness that is attributed to different life situations.
  6. “Your time is limited, don’t waste your life living someone else’s.” – Steve Jobs
  7. Last but not least, sometimes it takes just one person and one moment to help you begin realizing your dreams.

Accept Change

4 Responses to “Books & Books”

  1. hungrylindsay May 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Oh, how I love Books & Books. I visit whenever I am in town.

    • Elizabeth May 20, 2012 at 12:11 am #

      Isn’t it amazing?? How did you first stumble upon it??

      • hungrylindsay May 22, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

        My boyfriend, whom I met in college in Ohio, is from Miami Beach, not far from the Lincoln Road store. He’s taken me to the Coral Gables one, too. I love to hang out in bookstores anyway, but that is a really great one. I could spend hours and hours there!

      • Elizabeth May 23, 2012 at 7:08 am #

        My feelings exactly!!! Have you ever eaten at the Books & Books on Lincoln Road? So delicious!

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