One of my goals for 2015 was to get through 52 books, slowly working through a list put together by the Art of Manliness, along with whatever else happened to tickle my fancy. With the year drawing to close however, I will fall well short of that (Around the 33 mark..). Time to give 52 books another go in 2016.
As with any goal, I believe you are far more likely to achieve it if you make it public and are therefore held accountable to something besides your own willpower. We all hate having our failures broadcast publicly and will likely be pushed to do what is necessary to avoid the situation. So that’s exactly what I’ve decided to do with this goal.
I’ll average a book a week throughout the year and post a weekly review on my Instagram, Facebook and this blog. * Note I didn’t say I’d read a book a week, there’s a big difference. I tend to be a bit of a binge reader, sometimes polishing off 4 books in 10 days and not touching another one for a few weeks. I will try to be consistent and keep a weekly update coming though, hopefully with a few recommendations and a little motivation for you to pick up a book yourself.
The 7 Summits Project was founded to provide education to those who don’t currently have the ability to access it. I think it’s the most crucial element in bringing about long-term change in a region that so desperately needs it. I’ve gone into further detail about why I chose education as a fundraising project previously, so I won’t harp on about that here.
What I will do, is challenge you to further expand your own education. Many of you will have finished your formal studies and are likely working full-time. Let me ask you, how much time do you give yourself to learn? How many books did you read last year (or this year..)? How many courses did you take? How much did you expand your knowledge and improve your thinking capacity.. There is a tendency to think that the education process ends once you finish school. I believe it only just begins..
There is perhaps no easier way to learn and build your knowledge than by reading good old books. Whether that be in the form of ink sprawled across paper or projected from a screen, it doesn’t matter. Whatever works best for you.
Hopefully a few of you will take up the challenge yourselves. If 52 books is a little over the top, I encourage you to at least go for a book a month and expand your knowledge and motivation. You never know how it may improve your life.
If you’re looking for a few suggestions to get you started, check this list I put together of 30 Books to Read for under 30’s. That certainly doesn’t mean a 40, 50 or 60 year old won’t get anything out of the literature on that list, most of the books are world-renowned classics and are suitable for any age.