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My Goal to Read 75 Books – March 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!).

“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

“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

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.


March 2017 Reading Summary

This post is the third 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 March, I read 5 books. So far in 2017, I have read 19 books. This is a great start to 2017 and puts me on pace for 76 books read by the end of 2017, which would have me surpassing 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 March

the end of jobs

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The End of Jobs, by Taylor Pearson
Book Review
Action Steps and Takeaways:
Starting a blog was a fantastic idea. I’m continuing to explore ways to make money outside of my 9 to 5. It is one of the best times in history to start a business and be an entrepreneur. I’m going to focus on growing this blog by providing value, to you (my reader), through content and products.
6 Months to 6 Figures

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6 Months to 6 Figures, by Peter Voogd
Book Review
Action Steps and Takeaways: I’m going to continue to shift my circle of influence. If I want to be a millionaire, I need to hang out with millionaires. I’m going to continue to be consistent each and every day on this blog and in my life. Life is made up of small decisions: making the right decisions daily will make you successful.
With Winning in Mind

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With Winning in Mind, by Lanny Bassham
Book Review
Action Steps and Takeaways: I’m focusing on positive reinforcement in my life. By focusing and not getting down on myself, I’ve been playing basketball at a higher level. In addition, I have a Directive Affirmation which is a specific goal to make $1,000 in passive income a month by July 1st 2017. I’m focusing on increasing traffic and learning about SEO.
the 5 love languages

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The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman
Book Review
Action Steps and Takeaways: I now know my love language is “acts of service”. When I reflected on my past relationships, I realized my “love tank” was most full when my girlfriend would plan a day for us, cook for me, or help me with chores. I want to be aware of my own language and look to figure out others’ love languages so I can be a better friend.
The Richest Man in Babylon

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The Richest Man in Babylon, by George Clason
Book Review
Action Steps and Takeaways: Personal Finance is about being consistent over time with your savings, expenses, and investments. My savings rate in 2017 is roughly 45%. I’m doing well, but can focus more on protecting my wealth through insurance. (umbrella policy and life insurance)

Conclusion

There you have it! 8 books in January, 6 books in February, and 5 books in March. As I stated above, this puts my on pace for 76 books in 2017. I will reach my goal when I stay consistent and keep up my reading. Currently, I have a stack of 20 books on my table and am constantly looking for new books to read. I want to gain a better perspective on the world so I can help others and improve my relationships.

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

Erik

Comments 31

  1. Very impressive Erik! Since I’ve started my blog I am getting way less reading done. I am amazed you can get all that done and work on the blog.

    I’m adding The End of Jobs to my now never ending book list. Good luck in April! Think you can get back up to 6?

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      Thanks Chelsea for the compliment. Yes, I definitely will hit 6-7 in April. Though what I’m realizing, it isn’t the quantity of books but the quality of books that matters!

      The End of Jobs is a wild one… best of luck with whatever you take away from it! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by Chelsea.

  2. 75 books in a year is a nice goal to have and it seems like you are on track. I can usually only get through two books a month, so I admire your dedication to reading.

    Although I didn’t get through the entire book before the loan period ended (I typically borrow Kindle books for free from the library), Grit by Angela Duckworth was a good read. On the financial side of things, you can’t go wrong with ‘The Simple Path To Wealth’ by JL Collins.

    Some of your recent books are on my list, so I need to read through your reviews 🙂

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      Hey Mr. Need2Save! Thanks for stopping by and the suggestions. I’ve heard great things about Grit. I’ll have to check on “The Simple Path to Wealth”.

      It has been a fun time learning about many new topics and widening my perspective on the world. I can’t wait to keep reading and see where I end up in 9 months!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I had noticed “The End of Jobs” and was thinking about getting it. I’ll have to check out your review. Keep up the good work on your goal!

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      Hey My Money Design, yeah I’d recommend ONLY IF you don’t want to quit your day job… though it seems you already have the entrepreneurial itch and have started a blog! 🙂

      It’s a real shocker though I really enjoyed reading it.

  4. what a great goal to have! I’m able to read on my bus ride to and from work every day and it is one of the best parts of my day. Nice list of books too. I’ll have check some of these out at the library. Nice post.

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      Thanks The Magic Bean Counter for the comment. I love reading on the bus as well – my bus ride is 15 minutes, so I’m able to get a few pages in each trip.

  5. I’m so impressed with this goal and what you’ve accomplished thus far, especially with a full-time job, girlfriend, and the blog, nice work!

    Do you add Mindset, by Carol Dweck to your list?

    How about First Break All the Rules, by Marcus Buckingham (or any by him!)

    1. I am finishing up Mindset now and I highly recommend it! I figured I knew what to expect when I started reading it and then multiple times stopped and thought, “Wait…I have that bad habit and didn’t even realize it!”

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      Amy, you have a lot of good suggestions for me… slow down!! 🙂 it’s been fun!

      I have First Break All the Rules and read about half of it last year.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. Nice! Just added The End of Jobs to my goodreads list. I set my goal at 70, because I actually feel like I should spend less time reading and more time working on other projects this year (last year I read right around 100 books).

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      Beware.. you’ll want to quit your day job 🙂 it’s a great book though – I’m trying to influence my sisters who are in high school to think about alternatives to college.

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  7. That’s quite an impressive goal to read that many books this year. Looks like you’re on a roll so far! I don’t do nearly as much reading as I used to. I tend to stick to articles most of the time and save books for my vacation time. Glad you enjoy reading and are expanding your knowledge every week.

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      Thanks for stopping by Untemplater! One thing I’m realizing is it doesn’t matter how many books you read but the quality and what you takeaway from each book.

      Have a good one

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  8. Woah. Now that is a heck of a goal. I have a one book per month goal, so you are making me look like a chump here! I’ll be stopping by and checking this article out every time you publish to keep getting good ideas of books to add to my queue. Also like your presentation of the books and how you have a short and sweet takeaway section for each one. Makes me want to read it that much more!

    Keep fight and keep on grinding!

    Bert

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      Hey Bert – thanks for stopping by.

      You definitely should! I’m glad my takeaways are good for people. Whenever I read a book, I feel like I need to have a takeaway, otherwise it probably wasn’t that great of a book!

      Cheers,

      Erik

  9. I usually set myself a goal to read 2 business books or biographies each month. But with work and all, I didn’t even finish one book in March ( I was reading The Upstart, which is about uber and airbnb’s history)

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  10. Since I started blogging (including pre-launching the blog) the amount of time I have spent reading an actual book has, unfortunately, decreased substantially. I have decided, however, I will just read vicariously through you, Erik. 😉

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      Ha! Not a problem Cody – I will deliver on your request. You are in a different situation than I am… I’m single, and you are with someone.

      Thanks for the comment and have a good weekend

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