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My Goal to Read 75 Books – June 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 2017 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


June 2017 Reading Summary

This post is the sixth 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 June, I read 0 books. So far in 2017, I have read 29 books. This is a decent start to 2017 and puts me on pace for 58 books read by the end of 2017. I started a business in May, and have been working diligently on that, but am still looking to stay consistent with this 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!

One thing I’m noticing, is it isn’t the quantity of books, nor is it the quality that is impacting my improvement – it is the act of putting into action the takeaways and action steps from each book. I’m already thinking ahead to 2018 – in 2018, I think I’ll be better off reading 2-3 a month and looking to fully apply the concepts in those books.

The Books I Read in June

I didn’t read any books in June. In July, I’m going to pick it up again.


Conclusion

There you have it! 8 books in January, 6 books in February, 5 books in March, 6 books in April, 4 books in May and 0 books in June. As I stated above, this puts my on pace for 58 books in 2017. I will reach my goal when I stay consistent and keep up my reading. Currently, I have a stack of over 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. 29 books in a year would be good, 29 books in 5 months is fantastic. I’m sure with all the things you read to get the business up and running it was probably the equivalent of 4-5 books anyway. 🙂

    Happy 4th Erik!

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      Hey Amy, thanks for stopping by. I’m not conceding this goal yet, and I’m going to get it going in July again 🙂

      Happy 4th to you too! Hope you get to see some fun and fancy fireworks!

  2. I think almost 30 books in the first half of the year is still really impressive! Especially since you weren’t just reading easy fiction books for fun. Some times these self-improvement books take awhile to get through just because they make you stop and think!

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      Thanks for stopping by Gwen, I agree – plus now, I’m getting distracted by other things that are challenging me and making me want to become a better person 🙂

  3. “I think I’ll be better off reading 2-3 a month and looking to fully apply the concepts in those books.” This is a takeaway that I had from last year. I read right around 100 books last year, but when I looked back at the list at the end of the year there were a lot of books that never really got implemented. I just read the book and moved on to the next book. This year I’m aiming to read fewer books and spend more time thinking about and applying lessons learned from them.

  4. I have to confess that I haven’t read nearly as much as I’d like to. Like you’ve I’ve been super busy in June putting the finishing touches a project that I’ve been working on. Hopefully I’ll be able to reveal at the end of the month 🙂

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