“I like Retired at 27: If I Can Do It Anyone Can by Kirsty Dunphey. I’ve read lots of great business books, and there are heaps more to read that are sitting on my bookshelf, but Kirsty’s book was pure joy to read. Kirsty has written a fabulous, easy to read account of how she started at the bottom and worked her way to retirement with grit, determination and hard work. She has great tips and lessons, and the chapters are well thought out. It is a really simple read with the a-ha moments you want that I have used not only in business but in general life, like “learn to love failure” and “tips to get the best out of yourself.” She challenges your thinking and doesn’t give you a chance to make excuses. I highly recommend this read by a sassy Australian businesswoman and to say hi to her, as she really “stays fabulous”. Oh – and you don’t have to be under 27 years old – I was 40 when I read it!
I believe business owners have a responsibility to continually grow in knowledge base via reading of articles, books, blogs and attending webinars and conferences. Too often people get complacent in their knowledge; we cannot truly help clients if we’re not willing to learn and be leaders of industry. There’s also different ways to do things; we should always be open to other’s ideas. Beyond this, we should be researching to be ahead of the curve of our industry. Ignore professional development and engagement with peers at the risk of becoming a Kodak – remember them?”
Megan Barrow was interviewed as part of the Australian Businesswomen’s Network’s ‘My Favourite Business Book’ campaign, which showcases favourite business books of our community members and how those books have influenced their success. You can read more profiles here. And, for more information on how you can connect, learn and grow your business, learn more about the benefits of membership.