The gift of knowledge

My kids always try really hard to buy me Christmas and birthday gifts that I will actually like and use as opposed to things I might say I like, but actually later bury in some dusty attic drawer to be discovered by future generations of the Gorman clan.

This year, however, they came up trumps as they purchased two excellent business development books with the help of my wife. The first book is by John C. Maxwell, entitled “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.” And the second is by Edward Russell-Walling, entitled 50 Management Ideas You Really Need to Know.” I enjoyed reading the books so much I ordered 20 copies of each, which I then brought back to Karachi as essential reading for my team leaders.

Apart from being really impressed with my family’s choice of books, I was also pleased to be reminded that even though I am well into what is often called “The Twilight Zone” for “well-seasoned hoteliers” — those closer to the age of 60 than 50 — I can still learn a thing or two, and pass it on, simply by taking some time out to visit a bookshop once in a while to see what’s new in the world of business.

So even if you are over 40, over 50 or even over 60 — but not over the hill — get out to your local bookstore and pull out a few of the latest books in the business section, because the more you learn, the more you earn (even in the golden years), which is a little nugget of advice I have shared successfully with my kids throughout their school and college lives, and one which I hope they will eventually apply once they enter the real world.