A Plan to take over the World

I once heard a person say “The world belongs to those who read.”

 

I read past my bedtime T shirt

Over the years, I have read hundreds of books.  I have read books on history, culture, theology, finance, business, bicycling, poker, Steve Jobs, Katniss Everdeen, and lots of other things.

Though I love and can get lost in a good fictional book, I spend a lot of my time reading books to grow and learn. I have grown more from reading than from any other exercise.   A commitment to reading has strengthened me as a leader, parent, husband, and coach. As much as I love reading it doesn’t always come naturally to me. So I have found that it is incredibly helpful to set a reading goal. I  do this annually.

For 2013, my goal is to read 10,000 pages.  I don’t mean reading each of the Twilight books seven times but reading to grow.

In order to accomplish this goal, I  have broken it down to 200 pages per week.  At an average book length of 300 pages, I will read thirty-something books this year.  It works for me.  Over the years, I have read hundreds and hundreds of books by reading 20 or 30 pages every day.

I usually read more than one book at a time because I like variety.  Right now I am reading The Barefoot Executive by Carrie Wilkerson, John Saddington’s Starter Kit on Blogging, Master Planning by Bob Biehl, and the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss.

Though my system may not work exactly for you, my challenge to you is to set a reading goal and get started learning.  With reading, embrace the power of Incremental change. Daily reading will lead to increased knowledge and growth.

How can you get started?  Here are a few steps that I recommend:

  1. Choose the next few books that you would like to read.
  2. Set a goal for pages that you will read this year.
  3. Set a weekly pages goal.
  4. Keep a book with you so that you can read on your lunch break instead of playing Words with Friends or aimlessly wandering on Face Book.
  5. Keep a record of what you have read. (I use an excel sheet)

What are you planning to read this year?  I’d love to hear your suggestions on what to read next!

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Posted by Brian Howard

My focus is to help YOU move forward one step at a time. I write about church excellence, personal productivity, and family leadership. I coach leaders, start churches, and help organizations break growth barriers. My goal is to draw on this experience to help YOU move forward in life, leadership, and productivity.

  1. Andy Stanley’s Deep and Wide

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    1. People keep telling me about Stanley’s deep and wide. I am adding that to me list. Trey’s one and three are on my list also.

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  2. Brad House – Community, Bill Simmons – The Book of Basketball, and Tim Chester – A Meal with Jesus.

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  3. Delighting in the Trinity by Reeves; Sojourners & Strangers by Allison; Amusing Ourselves to Death by Postman; Men at Work by Will

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  4. Four Hour Work Week might cause you to recant this blog post.

    Before you indulge… http://www.informationdiet.com

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  5. Would be interesting if you had a book list on here somewhere – read/ reading/ going to read

    I’m probably just a bit nosey! but it’d be interesting.

    I discovered ‘5 Temptations of a CEO’ by Patrick Lencioni in a charity shop for just a couple of quid the other week. It made for a fun 45minute read and a huge amount of time in thought and reflection since. But I understand it’s been out a few years and I’m just catching up.

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  6. I will post this later today, Tim.

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  7. ah, thanks for that brian! you should use a link! 😛

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    1. I’ll put it in John. I wrote this post before I understood links!

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