Continuation from my previous venture, the 52 Books in 52 Weeks thread, but I am going to start a bit smaller
What are you reading? Why do you read? DO you read? Why or why not? What kind of books do you like (genre, subject, etc.)?
All of this and more should be in this thread.
Here is what’s on my plate:
The above links go to GoodReads, for those of you participating in abstaining from Amazon
Geez, AdminDev, do you regularly read four to six books at a time?
Yes! The simple analogy to this is, you can watch several T.V. shows at a time, or play several video games at a time, why not read several books at a time?
Why read books, in this age of Control + F and Tl;Dr?
You will be a better thinker, coming up with ideas quickly, contributing to projects and meetings, as well as live a more fulfilled life. Reading is shown to build on skills such as introspection, empathy, and critical thinking.
There are a ton of other benefits as well:
There are people like George R.R. Martin, Bill Gates, and Ray Bradbury that attribute their success to being voracious readers. Ray Bradbury couldn’t afford to go to college, so he read every book in his local library. That seemed to have worked out pretty well for him
Bill Gates spends several weeks a year locked up in a cabin with nothing but books. Despite what you think about his former company, you can’t argue against his success.
A Note on the Definition of Time:
I’ve come across many, many people in this world that ask me “How do you have time?!” – Coworkers, friends, family, managers, classmates, random strangers on the Internet, and even some of you. “How do you have time to read a book a week?”
The answer is pretty simple, I don’t lie to myself. I used to say “I don’t have time for this” with respect to studying, reading, exercising, gaming, and pretty much anything else I wanted to do but made an excuse. Then, I quit hitting snooze and quit rescheduling my alarm. Just like that I have an extra hour and a half. Then, I set my alarm for an hour earlier, boom, two and a half hours. I quit playing on the Internet during my lunch break, now I have three and a half hours. After work, what did I do?
Make dinner: 1 hour
Movies/T.V./Video Games/Internet: 4 to 6 hours.
Assuming I didn’t watch any movies or T.V., I didn’t play any video games, and I didn’t spend any time browsing on L1T, YouTube, Discord, Slack, etc. I would have an extra 7.5 to 9.5 hours PER DAY to dedicate to a goal, project, or hobby.
However, I didn’t do that. I like movies, T.V. shows (a handful), and I like yous guys. So, I bust out the discipline clock, and I set timers. 42 minutes of Internet time a couple of times a day, an hour of T.V. or Movie time (obviously movie times go longer), and that leaves me with 3 or 4 hours of read/study/project/lab time per day.
So, unless you get less than four hours of sleep per day and you’re worked to the bone every minute in between, I expect you to be some sort of innovator/inventor or a CEO of a startup. Considering you’re on here reading this, I call BS Make time. Don’t wait for motivation, just start doing it. Get your alarm clock, find your discipline, and get after it – My man Jocko.