Reading – How I Discovered the Benefits

Become The Driver

Most of my life I never really read books. I mean outside of school and work where the reading is assigned, I didn’t really have an interest. Why I have no idea, but I didn’t know what I was missing. Some people do it to relax or escape, others out of interest. For me, it sort of showed up when I needed it.

A lot of my family members routinely suggested titles and even bought some for me. I still didn’t take it up. I didn’t feel like help could come from a book. Who knew right!

“One of the great challenges in life is knowing enough to think you’re right but not enough to know you’re wrong”

Neil deGrasse Tyson
My First Book

Just so happens I was in quite a bit of debt and denial about said debt. Guess what, there’s a book for that “I will teach you to be rich” by Ramit Sethi.

“getting started is more important than becoming an expert.”

Ramit Sethi – Ill teach you to be rich

This book didn’t read like anything else judgy about finances, just another story told in a relatable way (to me at least) about the benefits of managing your money. Sensitive I know, but it’s one of the most important things you could get control of.

After reading this I fell back into my old ways, be it with a slightly better grasp of my finances. There were books here and there that I started but never finished. How do you make time for something you’re not too interested in? Patience and commitment.

I was at a point where I just wasn’t sure what I was doing. Questioning my direction and then I thought why not, what’s the worst that could happen.

“Losing yourself does not happen all at once. Losing yourself happens one ‘No’ at a time.”

Shonda Rhymes – Year of Yes
The 5AM Club

We all have the same amount of time in a day so how do others achieve more? This book gave me a bit of perspective on that. As the title suggests, you should get up at 5AM everyday and use your most productive hours.

“Limitation is nothing more than a mentality that too many good people practice daily until they believe it’s reality.”

Robin Sharma – The 5 AM Club

This isn’t a definitive guide but a suggestion, and there’s some truth to it and I have benefited personally from implementing a few of the ideas from this book in my own way. If anything its an interesting book told in a very engaging way. A good read even if you don’t heed any of the advice.

“Dream big. Start small. Begin now”

Robin Sharma – The 5AM Club

One of the biggest things I got from it besides a few extra hours of productivity in the morning, was enrolment to “Traffic University” a 5 AM Club construct which says to use your commute as a chance to read/learn something new. A time that is otherwise unproductive can become the dedicated time each day to listen to podcasts, audiobooks, and anything else beneficial to you.

Audio Books

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”  

Friedrich Nietzsche

This is when I discovered Audible. Not an Ad, I just like it. Reading for me wasn’t fun or relaxing, but having someone do the reading for me was just the ticket. All I had to do was listen. And so began my journey with books.

I still have and read a few hard copies. Sometimes physically holding a book and turning pages is a feeling that can’t be reproduced but the majority of my consumption is via audiobook, and I’m good with that.

In 2019 I read and listened to 44 books. Who’d a thought it, but I’m hooked. Below are a few of my favourites out of those, highly recommended 🤓.

“How can I leave my mark on the world, I thought unless I get out there first and see it?”

Phil Knight – Shoe Dog

“ Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.”

Trevor Noah – Born a Crime
A few 2019 Favourites
  • Becoming – Michelle Obama
  • I can’t make this up – Kevin Hart
  • Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
  • Year of Yes – Shonda Rhymes
  • The Greatest – Muhammad Ali
  • Tiger Woods – Jeff Benedict
  • Black Privilege – Charlamagne the God
  • The Chimp Paradox – Prof Steve Peters
  • The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  • Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
  • The 5 AM Club – Robin Sharma
  • The Help – Katherine Stockett
  • How to Be a Bawse – Lilly Singh
  • Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Dreams from my Father – Barack Obama
  • On the Come up – Angie Thomas

Check out my Bucket List and let me know if you’ll add reading some books to yours. And check out Audible, you might just like it.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein

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