I get it. You don’t have time to read a book a week or feel that it’s a crazy goal. There are more important things to do right? The wisest man in history would disagree. Solomon, King of Isreal, was considered the wisest man throughout history and the history to come.¹ (Not a bad title.) He is quoted as saying, “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.”² I consider these authors to be my advisors. This year 2019, I want to challenge you as I am challenging myself, to read a book a week.
I’m talking about books to help bring you and me to the next level. I’m talking about books that will help us flesh out our dreams. This year I am ready for a real change. And the only way I can do that is to start by changing myself. And the only way I can really know how to change myself is to learn from others, who have already forged that path ahead.
I don’t believe in setting “attainable” goals. I believe in setting goals then figuring out how to attain them. Otherwise why is the goal even worth doing? You have to find your personal why first. But beyond the whys and the theory’s here are some practical ideas to help you (and myself) reach that goal.
# 1 Break up each book into “daily reading”. This will help it become less daunting.
# 2 Read first thing in the morning and before you go to bed. This will break up your daily reading.
#3 If you have an iphone or any other smart phone that tracks your usage, do that and give up one thing or limit your usage. Read instead. You’ll find hours of time available there.
#4 Lunch breaks are a good time for some reading. Find little breaks of time flights, subway, etc…
#5 Find other things that you do during the week that take up time, but don’t add value that you could swap out for reading, like watching television or internet wandering for answers questions that are not going to change your life at all. (How long do seals live? What year did Elvis die? What were the names of the 7 dwarfs in Snow White? You get the picture.)
#6 Get the audio version, found in the links of each book. Find work you can do while listening to audio. (Exercise, Cleaning, etc…)
#7 Purchase the Kindle, Audible, or Paper version in advance by going to the Book of the Week page and clicking on the picture of book.
If you still can’t find the time, I suggest getting the summary versions of these books. Not all of them have summary versions, but a lot of them do. Sometimes there may be books by those with political or religious back grounds, however, they are chosen for their leadership and self-development values, not because of the cause they represent. If there is ever a book of the week that doesn’t interest you then go to the Book of the Week page and seek out past books that you might rather read.
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- Holy Bible 1 King 3:12 AMP
- Holy Bible Proverbs 11:14 NLT