Leaders are Readers

by Toni Itkin 07/07/2019

Have you ever wondered how some folks always seem to get the big breaks, or they always seem successful no matter what comes their way? Why do some people seem to “go with the flow” and handle situations without seemingly any hard work?

The Answer is Reading

Reading, you know that thing you said you would not do once you got out of school. If you look back since you left school most of the books you have read may have been fantasy, romance, or spy novels. Such books are not the type of reading that can help you be more successful. You see those successful executives and wonder how they got there, or you see those rich and wealthy people and wonder how they did it. They have one thing in common: they have created a habit of reading.

What to Read?

Reading puts fresh information into your mind. If you read biographies or autobiographies, you save time by learning from someone else’s experience. Now, when a similar situation crosses your path, you know what they did and have a plan in mind. Building on their wisdom lets you act in a way that looks like you are just “going with the flow” to those around you, but you get the most successful outcome and leave them wondering how you did it. A human being cannot act in a way that he or she has not learned by seeing or hearing. Unfortunately, you usually don’t have the option of following around a successful playwright, business person, financial tycoon, or a couple that has been married for 50 years and has successful kids. That leaves reading as the fastest way to access all of that information. 

Begin to create the habit of reading 15-30 minutes each day. One of the great things about twenty-first-century reading is that you don’t have to carry around a book all the time. All you have to do is locate a copy of the book online or get an e-reader app and buy the digital copy of the book of your choice. Just like with old school books, you can even check out these digital e-books from your local library. Now instead of just merely sitting on a metro, waiting at the doctor’s office, or even taking that 15-minute break in the restroom, you can read. 

 As you read you grow, and you will find some incredible things start coming out of your mouth during conversation that you will wonder who is talking. Now you begin to attract people and situations that you never thought would happen. Why? You expanded who you are and what you think about, and that makes you more attractive to others. Lives change as a result of reading.

So figure out your goal, then visit your local library, bookstore, or ebook website and get reading!

About the Author
Author

Toni Itkin


MEET TONI ITKIN

Toni Itkin is a licensed Realtor® serving buyers and sellers across BuckheadViningsSandy SpringsRoswellMarietta, East Cobb, and other high-profile areas of Metro Atlanta.

Toni began her real estate career in 1992 with Buckhead Brokers, where she earned "Rookie of the Year” before rapidly ascending to her status as a multi-million dollar producer. Since then, she has been consecutively featured in the Who’s Who of Atlanta Real Estate for many years.

Equipped with sharp negotiating skills, an intuitive marketing acumen, and a strong network of professional relationships, Toni is a fierce advocate for her clients. Whether it’s a one-bedroom condo or a multi-million dollar mansion estate, Toni’s ultimate goal is to find her clients a home that perfectly fits their budget and lifestyle. Toni’s reputation for professionalism and trustworthiness in and out of the brokerage community is of utmost importance to her. As a Certified Luxury Homes Specialist, Toni has a finger on the pulse of Metro Atlanta’s luxury real estate market, and as a Certified Relocation Specialist, she is uniquely positioned to provide support for homebuyers who are relocating.

Toni is a member of Georgia Association of Realtors®, National Association of Realtors®, Atlanta Board of Realtors® and Haute Residence’s Luxury Real Estate Exclusive, Invitation-only Network. Toni is also a recipient of the Atlanta Board of Realtor®’s coveted Crystal Phoenix Award, which means she’s achieved the organization’s "Multi-Million Dollar Club” status for a minimum of 25 years. As a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agent, she is consistently ranked among the company’s top one percent of agents worldwide and has been recognized as an honoree of the International Diamond Society, International President’s Circle, International President’s Elite, President’s Premier, and Society of Excellence.

Toni is also very active in local charities and civic organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the Best Friends Animal Society and the Atlanta and Cobb County Humane Societies. In addition, a portion of Toni’s sales commission on every closed transaction goes directly to the Cares Foundation, which makes a difference in Atlanta communities by supporting a variety of local charitable organizations.  She lives in East Cobb and enjoys traveling, playing golf and tennis, and spending time with her pets and her husband, Ernie, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon.