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I didn’t like reading before. It felt overwhelming to read 200, 300-page books, but while listening to an audiobook, I heard Dave Ramsey say “leaders are readers”, which drove me to set a goal to read 6 books last year. I broke it down to reading 1 book in two months. That meant I was going to read 5 pages a day for 5 days for 8 weeks to complete a 200-page book. Breaking my goal into easy to accomplish tasks made my goal more approachable.
I exceeded my goal and read 7 books last year! In the process, I discovered an enjoyment for reading I may never have explored. This year, I decided to double down on my goal from last year and read 12 books. I figured that’s one book a month and based on my previous year’s success, it is totally doable!
When you look at my list, you may realize that the books I read are mostly non-fiction. That’s because I love memoirs, self-help, and real-life experiences. I love learning from real-life examples because those authors become my teachers. They are my movers and shakers, the mentors I look to in order to improve myself into the person I want to be.
Books on Self-Improvement and Making the Most of Life that I’ve read in 2018
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
This is a fictional book about a lawyer Julian Mantle who decided to sell everything including his Ferrari to learn from the Sages of Sivana in the Himalayan mountains. This book is packed with useful lessons on having a more fulfilled life and achieving your dreams. So far, it’s my favorite book I read this year!
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon. He had terminal cancer and was chosen to do a “Last Lecture” by the staff at his university. The last lecture could be on any topic and will be open to any students to attend. In this book, Pausch talked about stories from his childhood and lessons he wanted his children to know. This book made me realize to enjoy my life more!
Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
This book discussed the habit loop and how a habit can be formed and altered. The habit loop consists of a cue, a routine and a reward. I love the different examples they provided in this book, including how businesses build habits in their customers to keep them coming back. I gained a better understanding of how to change my own habits because of this book.
The Debt Free Living by Larry Burkett
In this book, Larry Burkett used several different couple’s stories to show how their habits led them to bad financial situations. Many of them overspent using debt to buy things they didn’t need. By making a budget and avoiding using debt they were able to fix their financial situations. The version I read was from the 1980’s so some of the details were a little bit outdated. There is the updated version available on Amazon. Since reading this book, my fiancé and I have stopped using our credit cards entirely.
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
This was my second time reading this book. Jen Sincero has a unique voice of telling how it is with love and compassion. This book is a great how-to guide on how to be awesome and create the best life by tackling money, relationships and career.
When To Jump by Mike Lewis
This book is a compilation of stories of men and women who transitioned from their old job to a different job, position, or pursued their own business, and how they did it. There are over 40 stories in this book. This book was kept me busy while we were on our road trip!
Here’s the book I’m currently reading:
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
Here are the books I plan on reading:
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
- 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
- The Art of War by Steven Pressfield
- Let Elephants Run by David Usher
- The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
- Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley
*I listed out more than 5 books because I’m not yet sure which of them I’m going to read. Those are a few of the books that sound interesting to me. If I get to read all of them, great. If not, they will roll over to next year’s reading list.
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