Since starting at Tenzing, my desire to learn and develop has been reinvigorated, largely in an attempt to try and keep up! I’ve never been into self-help or development books before; I’d literally never read one, at all. Then, I started interacting with people like Mike, who is really into them, and Christian who’s always good for a recommendation or two. So, I started listening to them when I’m training on the bike because I find any non-fiction books really hard to read, but when I listen to them, my brain can take them in better.
Atomic Habits was a book loads of people recommended to me. It’s super practical, really sensible, straightforward, bitesize, with tips at the end.
Have I actually gone on and done all of the things it suggests? Maybe not. But it was the ‘start with baby steps’ bit that made lots of sense to me. A key point is not to set a big pass or fail-type goal. For example, every football team at the start of the season wants to win the league and all but one of them fail, so it can’t be about the goal itself. The book taught me to focus on the process, focus on the steps you need to take on a daily basis to get you where you want to be in the future.
My job’s all about activity and making sure that I’m constantly progressing opportunities, so it was really relevant to me.
Clearly, there’s a bit in there that you dismiss as there is in every book, but I found it quite refreshing, and it genuinely helped my mindset in terms of how to approach my role day to day.