I Challenge You

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That’s right. I challenge you! Not to a fight or some other contest of wills. I challenge you to challenge yourself. Then what kind of contest do you speak of then Mr. Blog writer?

Before I answer this question, I want to pose a few of my own. How many books have you read in the last month or year? And how often do you read? What kind of information are you putting into your mind?

In order to get better at the martial art of your choice you have to practice, I think we would all agree on this. In order to become wiser and more knowledgeable about your subject of choice, you have to gather the wisdom and opinions of others who have studied, toiled and learned lessons that you have not yet acquired.

Again, I challenge you to read, not when the fancy strikes you, but make a discipline of it. I read everyday for 30 minutes minimum during the week and 2 hours minimum over the weekend. That comes out to 4.5 hours a week or 234 hours a year. That is time taking in information and not sitting in front of the computer, TV, Facebook etc. It is time to learn, to appreciate, it is time for you, a time to fill your cup with good things.

Some would say, but I don’t have time to read, Bullshit. You have the time. We all waste a part of our days in undisciplined, mindless activities. I am no different. I stare at my phone too much and have to catch myself and get back on track. Reading gives a new perspective, it gives appreciation for science, history and the struggles that others have endured. Reading makes you grow.

You may be thinking alright, but what do I read? In order to ascertain this you have to goal in mind. What are you interested in? I guarantee you there is a book or many books on the your subject of choice. The kind of know-how you seek is out there, the search is part of the fun and today we are fortunate to have companies like Amazon.com to help us find them. Of course there is the library, friends recommendations and the like.

Here is a list of some of the books that I have read or am currently reading:

 

Sovereignty by Ryan Michler.

The Secret language of the body by Inna Segal.

Mastering Fear by Brandon Webb.

Man up! by Bedros Keuilian.

Man’s search for meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.

Developing discipline to read will change you. It change the way you look at the world around you and give you a new appreciation for others. It may even help with a struggle you are having.

~JP~

 

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