As someone who lives by the mottos "Go big or go home", "All in" & "Live in permanent beta", I always strive to be the best I can be in any situation.
Therefore, I decided to give myself every possible advantage I could. My plan: Read 24 books in 2016.
"Among all American adults, the median number of books read or listened to in the past year is 5 ." -Pew Research Center
If I could read 24 books in a year, I would read 19 more books then the average American. This would give me an incredible advantage.
I committed and dove in.
Immediately, I noticed myself becoming smarter and improving both at my job and socially. My wealth of knowledge was expanding and I started providing continual insights and value to everyone I talked to.
Surprisingly, I was gaining all this knowledge without sacrifice anything. Reading 24 books only cost me setting my alarm 10 minutes earlier on week days.
After some tweaking, I perfected the formula for reading/listening to 24 books in a year.
My secret formula for reading physical books:
One 200 page book = 10 pages per day x 5 days per week x 4 weeks per month.
Time needed = 10 minutes per day week day. Cost = $0
My advice: Wake up 10 minutes earlier on weekdays and read for 10 minutes while enjoying breakfast.
My top 10 reads of 2016 (In no particular order). *suggested audio book
1. *Open by Andre Agassi
2. Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer
3. *Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
4. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
5. *Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
6. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
7. *The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
8. The 5 Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman
9. The Art of Closing the Sale by Brian Tracy
10. The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan
Thank you for reading. My challenge for you is to try this formula for 1 month and let me know if it works for you and if you notice yourself becoming smarter and your life improving. Please comment or message me with any thoughts.
Happy Holidays! Now go treat your mind and start reading !