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My Goal to Read 75 Books – April 2017 Check-in

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Sitting in my bedroom on December 30th, 2016, I pondered what goals I should make for 2017 which would help me become the person I want to be in the future. I love reading books, so naturally, a goal to read a bunch of books would be a reasonable goal. I want to push myself to become better and my reading goal will do this. If I become better in the early stages of life, this will only help me in the later stages of my life (the power of compounding for you personal finance people!).

“To have more, you simply have to become more. Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better you have to get better!” – Jim Rohn

“I don’t believe anyone can be “improved” by buying and reading a book. They can only be “improve”, if that is the word, by their own actions.” – Felix Dennis

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Issac Newton

My Reading Goal

Sitting there, I said to myself, “I know I can read one book a week. This is reasonable and I will be able to do this without too much sweat. Why not try to read multiple books in a week?” 75 books is a nice, round number greater than 52, but not too outrageous. With uncertain times ahead at work (sometimes I will have super busy weeks.), I didn’t want to set a goal I know I’d struggle achieving. 75 seemed to be just right.

By reading 75 books in 2017, I want to acquire a broad base of knowledge, build connections between different ideas in my head, and apply what I’ve learned in the books to grow and improve in my relationships with friends and family. Starting the year, I had about 30 books on my Amazon Wish List. Time will tell how many of these I get to and what I learn from each of the books I read. To paraphrase Felix Dennis’ words from above, it is not enough to only read a book; to improve, one must apply what they have read in the book to improve themselves.

“Unapplied knowledge is no knowledge at all.” – Stephen R. Covey


April 2017 Reading Summary

This post is the fourth of twelve update posts on my goal to read 75 books. In this post, I will list the books I’ve read during the months with links to the book reviews I wrote. In addition, to these book reviews, I will summarize the actions steps I have looked to implement in my life as a result of reading each of the following books. Like I said above, it is not enough to just read if you want to improve.

In April, I read 6 books. So far in 2017, I have read 25 books. This is a great start to 2017 and puts me on pace for 75 books read by the end of 2017, which would have me reaching my goal. I’m very happy about the effort I put in to this goal and have certainly felt a difference in the way I think and communicate with others. I am able to express my thoughts clearly, comprehend and understand other’s points quicker and be able to ask penetrating and thoughtful questions in response to their points.

I can’t wait to see where my results will be after 12 months!

The Books I Read in April

With all books I read, I look to takeaway a few points and improve. As Stephen R. Covey says, “Unapplied knowledge is no knowledge at all.” Below are the book I read in April as well as links to Amazon, links to the book reviews, and my takeaways.

Thinking Statistically

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Thinking Statistically
Book Review
Takeaways and Action Steps: Whenever working with data and performing statistical analysis, we ought to take care and ensure the assumptions we make are and procedures we employ in line with the goal of the analysis.
Money on demand

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Money on Demand
Book Review
Takeaways and Action Steps: Video and webinar sales pitches convert on average 10% vs. 1% for blogs and traditional pages. Webinars aren’t that difficult to produce and are personal, interactive, and just as informative as an e-book, blog, or e-course. In the coming weeks, I’m going to produce or assist in producing a webinar.
For One More Day

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For One More Day
Book Review
Takeaways and Action Steps: Life is short, don’t waste time on Earth. Work on cultivating the relationships with people who bring me the most joy. Family is #1 – your parents, grandparents, kids, and siblings are some of the only people who will be with you throughout your entire life.
The power of broke

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The Power of Broke
Book Review
Takeaways and Action Steps: Find a way to help others while also helping yourself. Apply the SHARK principles: set a goal, homework (do yours), adore what you do, remember you are a brand, and keep swimming, and you will be on your way to success.
The millionaire fastlane

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The Millionaire Fastlane
Book Review
Takeaways and Action Steps: I want to live like no one else so I can live like no one else. I’m fine waking up at 5 AM to put in work before my day job to grow my side hustles. Apply the the law of effection: to make millions, you must serve millions. Currently, I’m looking into leveraging the internet and building a following through this blog and Quora.
the art of asking

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The Art of Asking
Book Review
Takeaways and Action Steps: Don’t just look at people, see people! Everyone is unique and special – look them in the eye and show them respect. Also, people want to help, we should be open to asking for help!

Conclusion

There you have it! 8 books in January, 6 books in February, 5 books in March, and 6 books in April. As I stated above, this puts my on pace for 75 books in 2017. I will reach my goal when I stay consistent and keep up my reading. Currently, I have a stack of 25 books on my table and am constantly looking for new books to read. I’m gain a better perspective on the world, increasing my vocabulary, becoming more confident and becoming more knowledgeable in a variety of areas.

How are you doing on your 2017 goals? Are there any books you think would be interesting for me to read?

Erik

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  1. Nicely done! For One More Day is great – and if you add more Albom books to your queue, your goal will become easier (they pack a punch, but they certainly are short). Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Time Keeper are great if you haven’t read them yet. Good luck staying on pace.

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      Thanks Paul for the comment and stopping by. I have “Five People You Meet in Heaven” on my list for May 🙂

      Cheers!

  2. This is a really great list of books that you’ve read Erik. With two kids, it’s a bit difficult for me to find the time to do my reading. I really love reading your book reviews as the summary and take away that you’ve provided give me a lot of nuggets to motivate and improve myself. I too am excite to see your transformation after you’ve read all these books.

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  3. Great job, Erik. I’ve been reading a lot of fiction lately but we just took out Rick Edelman’s new book, The Truth About Your Future. It’s pretty interesting. He talks a lot about exponential technology and the kinds of jobs that will still require people to do them, driverless cars, human lifespan, etc.

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      Hey Mrs. Groovy – I’ll have to check that one out, sounds fascinating! I’m trying to mix and match fiction and non-fiction; I won’t get burned out if I mix it up 🙂

  4. Man do I love this goal and once again, you have given me some great ideas. Thanks for sharing and I love the diversity of the books you were able to rip through this month. I’ll be looking back at this list when I select my next read.

    Bert

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      Thanks Bert – I’m really glad I’m helping people with their reading lists by showing my results! I’m very excited to keep this going in the future! 🙂

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      Thanks Amy! 🙂 I really like Mitch Albom’s books, so if there are any authors that have similar content or writing style, that would be interesting to me! I just finished up The 5 People You Meet in Heaven over the weekend and really enjoyed it! While his books are good, they are a little dark. It keeps it interesting though!

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