”He that loves reading has everything within his reach.”
— William Godwin
Continuous learning is one of the cornerstones of personal development. Reading good books is a great way to learn. It allows us to learn in a short period of time what it would take years for us to learn on our own. It expands our mind to consider new possibilities. It allows us to be mentored by experts who we don’t have direct access to.
What I Look for In Books
Over the years, I’ve invested a significant amount of time and money into reading books, attending classes, and participating in conferences. I also make it a practice to apply things I learn. It doesn’t always work out the way I intended. Some things work well and some don’t. But each time I learn to improve.
I have learned that the size of the book is irrelevant. What is relevant is whether one or more valuable ideas inside the pages can be extracted and applied for a positive benefit.
I also focus on simple changes. If applying the ideas from the book are too complex and difficult, it is unlikely the change will be maintained until it becomes a habit in my life. That is the way God designed me.
If you thrive on implementing extremely detailed processes and tracking techniques, this book club is probably going to be a disappoinment. However, if you want to learn about and implement simple but effective ideas into your life, please join in and I believe it will rock your world.
”Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
— Richard Steele
Here’s how the BT Book Club Will Work
- Each month I will announce a book selection. The selection will either be a book that has made a significant difference in my life that I am re-reading or a book that has been highly recommended that I believe has significant potential to help us be more passionate, powerful, and/or productive.
- We will read the book during that month. For many books, reading won’t be the only option. About half of my “reading” currently consists of audiobooks that I listen to. Either way, we will be learning and experiencing the subject together.
- I will write 2–4 blog posts throughout the month (on Saturdays) that discuss key takeaways I received from my reading and how it can be applied to improve our lives.
- You can participate in the conversation by responding to my insights and adding you own in the comments at the bottom of each blog post.
I want to know what resonates with you. I also want to know how you apply what you read and if it works for you. If I want to know, so will others. We will learn from each other.
”It is not good enough to be well read. We must help others by what we read.”
— John Wanamaker
I look forward to reading, learning and becoming better with you.