Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Lighten-Up, It’s The Weekend – Time For Something Off-Topic, Humorous Or Even Weird

This week’s “lighten-up” post is more of a reflective nature. I continuously urge you to READ, READ, READ.

It doesn’t have to be books specifically about business. I get much of my inspiration for my writing and speaking from brief passages I read in books of all genres. I read historical fiction, lots of mysteries, some contemporary horror (think Stephen King). Read some books that make you laugh. I cannot read Dave Barry on an airplane because I can’t help laughing out loud (people give you strange looks).

As for business, on the right-side of this page you can select a month from the archive. Go to May, 2013 – Beginning on Monday, May 20th I feature business books on a “book week” post.

IMG_5749I’ve just started reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. There was a lot of interesting local news coverage here in Dayton when McCullough was here to research and then launch the book. Here in Dayton we are very proud of the Wright Brothers and I have always been interested in their story. My husband and I have visited the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park many times, the Wright Brothers Memorial and walk weekly at Huffman Prairie.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

In a speech years later Wilbur would remark that if he were to give a young man advice on how to get ahead in life, he would say, “Pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.”

The brothers were printers/publishers before they became aviators. They published a small community newspaper and selected items from other publications that they judged worthy of the readers’ attention such as “Encourage Your Boy” from Architect and Building News:

Do not wait for the boy to grow up before you begin to treat him as an equal. A proper amount of confidence, and words of encouragement and advice… give him to understand that you trust him in many ways, helps to make a man of him long before he is a man in either stature or years. If a boy finds he can make a few articles with his hands, it tends to make him rely on himself. And the planning that is necessary for the execution of the work is a discipline and an education of great value to him.

It is interesting how the above item, from the Wright Brothers’ newspaper published in 1889, applies to how you treat your young team members as they enter the profession of public accounting.

  • "We were lucky enough to grow up in a environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate what ever aroused curiosity."
  • Orville Wright

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