- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
- Onward (story of Starbucks' comeback), Howard Schultz
- 10-Minute Toughness, Jason Selk
- The Hole in the Gospel, Richard Stearns
- A Voice in the Wind, Francine Rivers
- An Echo in the Darkness, Francine Rivers
- Forgotten God, Francis Chan
- The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor
- Today Matters, John Maxwell
As soon as you stop learning, you stop growing. We must be continual learners.
We go to school for 16-18 years (if you include kindergarten and 3-4 yrs in college) and then we launch into the "real world" as many people say. We stop reading, working our minds, and learning new concepts. Why?
Do we think we know it all? Is it just cause we get too busy with life? We consider ourselves experts at our chosen fields--Well I majored in such and such and now I have an entry level position in that specialty, so I'm good to go. Really?
There is so much to learn and discover. So many books to read. Concepts to grasp. Ways to challenge and stretch your views and perceptions of the world, yourself and others.
In the past few months I've read (and listened to) a handful of books--some fiction, some non-fiction. They have rocked my world! They have challenged my ways of thinking and spurred me on to dream new dreams and dust off old dreams.
Here are a few of the works I've read (or listened to--Audible is one of my new favorite tools!!!) in the past several months:
At present I'm in the middle of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and a book by Marcus Buckingham. I'm sad that I have been stagnant about exercising my mind like I exercise my body everyday since graduating from college. Sure work and many life experiences challenge and stretch me, but there is something about diving into a book to learn and glean new information.
I've had "ah-ha" moments while reading; confirmation I'm pursing the right things and going in the right direction; developed attachments to different characters; learned more about leadership and working well with others; as well as being challenged to re-think the way I do things and go about my life.
As Mark Twain so eloquently said:
So stop making excuses. Your life is what you make of it. If you are too busy to learn, you're too busy to grow. Don't stay in the same rut you've been in for maybe the last year, 5 years, maybe 10 years. Get up, get out, exercise your mind as you would your body. Turn off those "reality" TV shows, get a book and LEARN!
Be a continual learner!
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