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My Goal to Read 75 Books in 2017

Erik Thoughts of a Mastermind 12 Comments

One of my goals in 2017 is to read 75 books. This post is a discussion why I believe reading is important, why I have set the bar so high, and how I will accomplish my reading goal.

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

For the check-in posts on these goals see here:

January Check-in February Check-in March Check-in April Check-in
May Check-in June Check-in July Check-in August Check-in
September Check-in October Check-in November Check-in December Check-in

Why Reading is Important to Me

The quote above, by Issac Newton, is the basis of why reading is important. The original metaphor of dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants means we can discover truth by examining and building upon past experiences and findings. A dwarf is short and cannot see very far, whereas a giant is tall and can see much farther. However, if a dwarf stands on a giant’s shoulders, the dwarf can see much farther than the giant. That’s the main meaning of the metaphor; by using the giant (past knowledge), we can gain more knowledge to apply in our present situation.

To relate the metaphor to my situation, I’m a dwarf. “The only thing I know is I know nothing.” By adopting this mindset, I’ve been able to cultivate new and original thoughts.

My Book Interests

I’m going to read about many different subjects to try to gain a better perspective on life and to be able to relate to other people more effectively. These subjects include, but are not limited to, personal development, behavioral studies, personal finance, economics and history of markets and nations, and fiction novels (am I missing anything?). This is a wide range of topics, but to become successful, I believe balance and having a wide range of knowledge is important.

To sum up, reading is important as it is time spent on personal development; a person who reads is able to gain a new perspective on life and the world. By setting this goal, I will be responsible for my personal development. I am the owner of my life and my life alone. As Hal Elrod says in the Miracle Morning, a person’s level of success rarely exceeds our level of personal development. In addition to reading, I’m looking to gain new real world experiences. Combining reading with real world experience will supercharge my performance in the new year and in years to come.

“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

For my 2017 goal, I’ve set the bar fairly high for myself. Finishing 75 books in a single year will take persistent and a consistent effort to strive to grow. However, I’m confident in myself that I can complete this goal.

Check out the books I have read in our book reviews section!

Hesitations on my Reading Goal

With what I’ve said above, I still have some hesitations. It really depends on the books I plan to read. For example, The Alchemist was a 186 page fiction book that I was able to finish in a few hours of reading. Other books, like Sapiens for example, are 400 pages of dense material. While Sapiens was a very interesting and informative book on human history, it took me multiple days to finish. My hesitation lies in that fact: if I’m reading long dense works, I don’t know if I will be able to reach my goal.

It will be a Great Time!

It will be a fruitful and interesting year whether I complete the goal to read 75 books or not. I’m excited to push my mental boundaries each and every day. For each book I read, I will post a book review for it. This will help increase my retention of the book, but also help my readers determine if a certain book would be right for them to read. By the end of 2017, hopefully I will have a better perspective on life and the world, so in years to come, I can have positive interactions with many different personalities of people.

Tell me about books which have been influential to you that I should read. Are there any topics I’m leaving out that would be good for me to explore?

Erik


For the check-in posts on these goals see here:

January Check-in February Check-in March Check-in April Check-in
May Check-in June Check-in July Check-in August Check-in
September Check-in October Check-in November Check-in December Check-in

 

Comments 12

  1. Now this is a lofty goal. A book every 5 days. I like it though. I set a goal to read 12 books in 2015, and it wasn’t a problem. I could’ve easily read 30. I agree with you, reading is so useful and educating. It’s one of my favorite past-times. Best of luck. I look forward to your reviews.

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      Investment Hunting,

      It will be very interesting… The biggest thing will be staying consistent. I have a few books that are less than 100 pages. These will be easy to knock out and I can add them to the list. That being said, I have a few 500+ page beasts… ha.

      Erik

  2. Hi Erik,
    I think that’s an awesome goal and I look forward to reading your reviews as you progress. I used to read a lot when younger (nearly always fiction) but stopped. Now I’m starting to read again. But an influential book? That’s a tough one but sadly nothing really stands out.

    I am considering reading something about Zen this year so that should be interesting.

    Congrats on starting a blog, I hope you find it a rewarding exercise. I find writing things down really helps to reinforce plans and put them into action.

    Best wishes,
    -DL

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      Thank you for stopping by Dividend Life! I recently read a book by Phil Jackson, the former NBA coach of the Lakers and Bulls. He was very interested in studying Buddhism and the Zen way of life. I am going to try to look into that later this year as well, we can compare notes 🙂

      Erik

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  3. Great goal of 75 books. I listen to books on tape on my commute to and from work (usually about finance or history). It’s fun and you can always rewind a bit if you missed something (or raise the volume :-). Plus when I’m done, and return the book, I always try to check out another one so I don’t leave the library empty handed.

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      Thanks for the comment SMM. I should probably check out the library… Amazon can get expensive if you are buying a lot of books…

      Do you have any suggestions for me?

  4. 75 books is a monster goal but that’s awesome. I have to admit that if I can read a book a month I feel pretty good.

    I love The Alchemist, so depending on what your thoughts were with that book, I enjoyed most of Gladwell’s books (outliers, tipping point, etc) and when I’m not in the mood to think too hard some Grisham novels.

    Anyway I look forward to hearing updates on your goals!!!

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  5. Lofty goal indeed! Great idea. Books hold so much knowledge. Best of all, you can get them for free at the library (or nowadays, you don’t even have to go to the library – just download straight to your Kindle). How many books did you read last year?

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      Hey Biglaw, good to see you here.

      I read around 20 last year. It’s something I enjoy doing but didn’t make it much of a priority. This year, I’m making it much more of a priority! Should be fun.

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