How I learned to do what I do and keep it going! Part 2

by Kevin Brooks on January 29, 2013

In my previous blog post How I learned to do what I do and keep it going, I touched upon the importance of continuous learning and how it is just one of the keys to a  successful career.  As a big basketball fan, I find lots of inspiration through leadership books written by sports figures and I wanted to share two important books that have inspired me to keep to going day in and day out.

The first book is titled “The Gold Standard” and is written by Coach Mike Krzyzewski.  In the book, Coach Krzyzewski talks about the importance of standards to be part of a winning team.  He also stresses the importance of belief in oneself and the value of showing your team that you believe in them.  That is critical for success at all levels.  Trust, belief and buy-in to the process of being successful and working hard are paramount for success in your business.

“Take the Stairs” by Rory Vaden is the second book I’d like to share.  Vaden does a fantastic job of using real life examples and anecdotes to show how success is attained.   This book had me dog-earing multiple pages of common sense thoughts that you don’t always think about as you go through your career day in and day out.  Much of this book centers on the self-discipline that is needed in order to achieve greatness.  Passion tied to a purpose and with consistency can help you achieve any goal you set for yourself in your career.

The trick is for you as an individual to find your inspiration and cater your reading list towards what makes you tick!  Do you have any recommendations for motivational books?  Let us know in the comment section below.

Kevin Brooks has over six years of Sales and Recruiting experience.  He has been with Modis the last three years where he started as a Resource Development Manager.  He is currently a Business Development Manager for the Modis branch office in Richmond, VA. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

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Joshua Wilson January 30, 2013 at 7:33 am

Thanks Kevin for your article. Do you have any books that you recommend to help someone in the IT Sales field?

Paul Silvio February 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm


Gold Standard is an awesome book … I really enjoyed it and totally agree that it can be easily applied to business and especially the importance of teams.

Thanks for the the Take the Stairs recommendation … I’ll be sure to check it out!

Take Care / Hope to see you soon,


Paul Miller March 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Another great book is “The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential,” by John C. Maxwell. Great thoughts on how to improve leadership skills.

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