I love fiction to take me away on grand adventures; I love learning about the latest news and gadgets; I love reading non-fiction to develop myself. Recently, I’ve found myself really enjoying to learn new ideas from non-fiction, particularly blogs.
At the same time, I’ve begun wondering if all this reading has any impact. There was some quote that I read recently that went something to the effect of (and I’m paraphrasing), “It’s easy to find a book to get through, but hard to find a book that gets through to you.”
Is my life different or better from what I’ve read recently? I have undoubtedly obtained new knowledge, which is incredibly important in a knowledge-based society. But have I bettered my life? What action have I taken after reading these books?
To be honest: some. Often, after reading something that impacts me, I’ll get excited, think about something for a while, and maybe even write some stuff down. But then life catches up and I move on. As an example, the video I posted last week asks two provoking questions. I love the questions, but have not done anything with them yet. Have you?
I’ve decided that I’m going to implement a small achievable habit to start and then (maybe in a week, maybe longer), I’ll add another. My first new habit is from Tim Ferris’ The Four Hour Workweek: Write down two goals for each day that, if accomplished, will make the day a success. This is a goal that seems so easy (“I have goals at work anyway”, “2 isn’t hard” etc), which is exactly why I’m picking it. I know that if I do this and accomplish it, I will be much more motivated to add another habit.
What action are you taking in your life?