There was a time when i told myself getting an iPhone would change it all. The phone represented endless possibilities for all my dreams and aspirations. I placed that much value in it that i made it my life’s goal (at that time) to do anything get one. Lo and behold when i finally did get it, nothing changed. I still feel back into hold habits and never followed through on my dreams, especially the big ones. This round things have changed ever so slightly. I ticked off one goal at a time over the last few years, in the process rebuilding confidence i never knew was damaged. So when i finally decided to upgrade to an iPhone 6 i smiled to myself. Not in some sort of self gratifying way, but in a sort of endearing ‘you don’t know how far i’ve come’ kind of way. Nothing was the same….
Albert Einstein – “Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking”
My Amazon wish list in books alone stands at the small sum of 456. Somehow I’ve allowed it to grow to ridiculous proportions without consistently purchasing books over the years. It’s the same old story of adding more in the hope of finding that magic bullet that will solve all your problems/questions. But that ends for good this year!
My aim is to read a minimum of 3 books a month from my Amazon wish list. If I fail to read all 3 during month, whatever book is left over will be rolled over to the next month etc. In addition I aim to write a page or two of cribs notes of some takeaway nuggets and pearls I can apply to my life. This should hopefully do away with the dreaded ‘intellectual masturbation’ I’ve been guilty of in the past.
Reading is a worthwhile endeavour, especially in the ‘self-improvement’ field, there’s loads of value to be gleamed from books written by scholars new and old. But there can be a danger of habitual book buying with no rewards. Whatever methods or point of views a book inspires, you should aim to apply it, wherever applicable, to your life.