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    What ONE Book Would You Read for the Rest of Your Life? Here Are Our Picks.

    by Anna Schott / August 2, 2019

    Every other Monday the EcSell Institute team gathers at the conference room table, or conference line, for a team meeting. An agenda is always sent out in advance in order to keep things moving at a productive pace and so team members can plan accordingly to the items of business that will be covered. 

    At one of our most recent team meetings, our colleague Sarah Wirth sent out the agenda with one of the questions asking the team "if we had only ONE book we could read for the rest of our lives, what would it be and why?"

    Here's what each team member chose as the ONE book they would read: 

    The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

    It is so different than how I am used to thinking that I could read it every day and learn something new.  Based on what I’ve already read, I am very much in agreement with his thoughts and principles and as a result would continually be growing.

    From Bill Eckstrom, President and Founder

    The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

    It’s got it all. This dynamic due makes readers laugh and cry. It teaches us to be playful and push boundaries and question what’s going on around us. It's a the perfect example of the importance of relationships and makes one think about how important the big and little things in life are. It’s timeless. Besides, everybody I know needs what they’re selling. And if you didn’t just laugh at that sentence, you’re missing out on a special part of life. 

    From Stacia Jorgensen, Director of Research

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

    It offers so much commentary on class, family, and gender roles that is still relevant today, even though it was published two hundred years ago. It's also full of witty dialogue and astute insights into human behavior and societal norms. If I can only read one book again, I want it to be one that makes me think and laugh, and this book always does both. 

    From Sarah Wirth, Vice President of Client Services 

    Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom

    I read this book every year because it reminds me that life should be a celebration. It teaches me to live in the moment in both the great times and the “perceived” bad times.

    From Will Kloefkorn, Vice President of Sales


    The Bible 

    If given the opportunity to read only one book for the rest of my life, I would choose the Bible. My Bible is not fancy or new, it in fact has whole sections that are falling out and held in place by paper clips. Every time I read a piece of scripture, I mark the date and a few notes. This has made my personal Bible even more special because of the handwritten thoughts that are next to passages that have been captured over the past 20 years.

    From Kathy Collins, Vice President of Operations 

    The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

    I was recommended this book at a point in my life where I needed to hear these agreements loud and clear. 1) Be impeccable with your word. 2) Don't take anything personally. 3) Don't make assumptions. 4) Always do your best. The book also has such a rich code of conduct based on ancient Toltec wisdom that essentially advocates freedom from self-limiting beliefs that can cause suffering and limitation in one's life. I pick it up every end or beginning of a new year to remind myself of these agreements and set the tone for a new year! 

    From Anna Schott, Director of Marketing 

    The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

    In the 18th century, poet William Blake wrote The Marriage of Heaven & Hell, in which he proposes a theory of contraries - how life is necessarily composed of both the "energetic creators" of hell and the "rational organizers" of heaven. Lewis wrote The Great Divorce in response to Blake's book, where both great terror and great beauty unfold in the foothills of Heaven. It's some of the most whimsical prose I've ever read.

    From Claire Eckstrom, PR and Events Director

    So there you have it. These are the books we would read for the rest of our lives. Have you read any of these? Which book would you read for the rest of your life? Let us know in the comments below. 

    And speaking of favorite books, have you picked up our most recent, best-selling book by our very own Bill Eckstrom and Sarah Wirth? It's sure to be a solid contender as one of the books you'd read for the rest of your life. Skeptical? See for yourself. The Coaching Effect Make sure you're subscribed to our monthly newsletter full of leadership and coaching best practices, findings, event details, discounts and so much more. 

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    Anna Schott

    Anna Schott

    Anna Schott served as Ecsell Institute's Director of Marketing.