I’ve become increasingly inspired lately in one main front: reading. It began about two months ago when I heard a podcast from Nelson Searcy and Bob Franquiz based on this article, in which they compiled a list of their favorite books of the year. Nelson Searcy had read over 200 books and Bob Franquiz has read over 90 books in 2008!
“I was sitting in Barnes and Noble the other night and as I look at the people around me, one guy was reading a comic book and the other guy was reading a book on coloring (I’m not kidding).
I’m at my orthodontist’s office yesterday and one person is reading a magazine and two others are texting their friends.
The bottom line is this: it’s not that we don’t have enough time to do the important things. It’s that we waste a lot of time. It’s one of the reasons I stopped Twittering. I began to see it as a waste of time for me. It made me less productive and distracted me from the things I’m actually trying to accomplish.”
So I set a goal a few weeks back of reading one book per week. I don’t always make it, but I certainly try. The world has lots of mediocrity. And I don’t want to sit in that lot.