Once the fall season arrives, many of us remember how much we love pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, and decorating our home with orange-coloured gourds.
But, how do pumpkins relate to professional coaching, leadership, or small business consulting -- the topics that make up my main shtick?
I promise, pumpkins do. Stay with me for this 5-minute read and I'll explain.
It's all summed up in a truly purposeful book called The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz.
Yes, his surname is hard to pronounce, so he's okay if you call him Mike Motorbike.
If I had to sum up the premise of his book, it would include these main points:
I love simple concepts. Other short reads that capture a huge punch with powerful ideas are:
Remember: simple doesn't equate to easy.
Mike Michalowicz addresses how to implement seven strategies in The Pumpkin Plan. His explanations and real life/real business case examples are what makes the book worth reading.
Here's one caveat that I feel I must address: Mike use's mild profanity in his book. He's from New Jersey and explains that it is the way he speaks and the way entrepreneurs do in the real world, so he's staying authentic to who he is -- with his words. If you're uncomfortable with any degree of profanity, perhaps pass on this book.
Before we highlight these strategies, allow me to provide a bit of content:
The seven strategies are:
One final and key point that I want to ensure gets covered:
Only plant seeds that will grow. Don't try to please everyone by doing things that don't align with your area of expertise. Take the time to figure out the ONE thing you do best and that is the winning pumpkin seed.
Plant it and nurture it until it becomes your great pumpkin, Charlie Brown.