Lisa Weber is an avid fan of reading children's books that teach life lessons. The latest was Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings, a children's book that has an Aesop feel to it. MetLife's president of Individual Business doesn't just use the book with her two children, though, it's work material, too.

"It's about a grub who becomes a butterfly. The lesson in the book is that you can become something and then you can still become something else; it's never too late to change and grow," Weber says. "It's a book I used at most of our conferences this year as I talked to our advisors about expanding their businesses and finding new ways to differentiate themselves."

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