It’s never been a better time for self-motivated people.
Anyone connected to the internet has the education power of a university and the distribution power of a media company at their fingertips.
Curiosity, courage, and persistence are the new gatekeepers.
— James Clear
Spend Time with Smart People
“I do not read to retain everything but to spend time with smart people.” – Michael Hyatt
Why Keep Going
“You have not done enough, you have never done enough, so long as it is still possible that you have something of value to contribute. This is the answer when you are groaning under what you consider a burden and an uncertainty prolonged ad infinitum.” – Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary General of the United Nations, 1953-1961.
When we gave my father a Kindle reader a few years ago, he told me he read 75 books that first year. That inspired me to keep a tally of how many books I read in a year.
First, I set a goal of a book a week. In actuality, I’ve read 60 or more books a year for the past few years. I read paper books, ebooks, and audiobooks. I read a number of books at one time. I read in snatches, a little here and little there. I’ve turned my commute into a classroom. I have to admit it’s hard to highlight and annotate audiobooks while driving (don’t worry, I don’t even try).
Secondly, I started listing the books I read in my journal and on Twitter. It I recommend the book, I just write, “recommended.” I gave up the star system quite a while back. I put it on Twitter, because people ask me if I’ve read any good books lately, and I think their eyes would glaze over if I started to list them. Now I can refer them to Twitter.
Thirdly, I put an asterisk next to the books on my journal list. This year I thought I would share them with you, but I had 23 favorites. I wanted to make a list of my top 10. That didn’t happen. So, read on to see see the list.
Where the Grass is Greener
Why struggle with being put out to pasture, as they say? They also say the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. So, take it as an adventure, these pasture years, and chomp, chomp, chomp.
Keep learning. Keep developing. Keep reading. Keep that mind active.