Continuing on the idea that every lesson is there for us to learn when we are ready for it — books will not go anywhere either.

Ideas in books can sometimes cancel each other out. That is a problem. Especially when one book is making you gain momentum, and another one breaks it.

Let’s say you read a book on creativity. The message is “creating a lot of content is the best way to learn how to create better content”. After reading it your productivity escalates. You might even start writing that book you always said you would.

Then a mindfulness book comes a long with the message “goals are futile, you should learn to enjoy the moment. Craving a final destination is the source of your suffering“.

You then think “maybe I should put all my work on hold and spend the day truly appreciating this raisin I’m nibbling on.”

Then you read a book trashing Eastern Philosophy, and all of a sudden you have no idea who you are anymore.

This pattern is unsustainable.

Instead, I suggest another strategy:

Sprinting reading based on what you are currently trying to achieve

The idea here is to plan your reading in chunks, maybe 4-5 books at a time, based on your goals at the moment.

If your goal is to get your finances in order, you might read The Intelligent Investor -> I Will Teach You To Be Rich -> Rich Dad Poor Dad -> The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

If on the the other hand your goal is to create a blog, you might go The Elements of Style -> Purple Cow -> Deep Work -> The War of Art

The options are endless.

A book’s purpose is usually not to tell you brand new information. It’s rather to provide solid arguments backed with research to make you believe the ideas you probably heard before.

Therefore it’s not too hard to create a reading sprint of your own, once you know what you want to achieve.

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