Read

Reading allows one to enter into someone else’s story. It’s a lot like getting to spend time with the author. Which is amazing to me because I can choose to figuratively spend time with just about anyone from history living or dead. Want to spend time with Chip Gaines? Pick up Capital Gaines. How about Nelson Mandela? Go read A Long Walk to Freedom. You get the point.

This truth is incredibly powerful and useful! How much would you be willing to pay to sit down with your hero from history and try to understand them better? If the answer is more than $20 you are missing the point.

I’ve noticed that when I get to spend time with certain friends that I start borrowing expressions and even habits from them subconsciously. It’s very important to carefully select who you allow your inner circle of influence to be. Don’t misunderstand me, It’s good to have a wide range of friends with different beliefs, but the ones that you let influence you on a core level are critical. I’ve heard it said that if you want to know someone, average their 5 closest friends. More on that in a different blog.

I urge you to read the book Grit but Angela Duckworth. I found it incredibly useful in recognizing that my habits and “self-talk” are massive driving forces in my life. This book is painfully eye opening, challenging, and offers the reader valuable tools to connect their hard work and dedication to the realization of their dreams. I enjoyed the time I got to spend in Angel Duckworth’s headspace while reading Grit!

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I challenge YOU to read a book in the next 30 days. Time starts the second you read this sentence. Email me what you choose to read and I will help hold you accountable to finish it! Jake@jakekirkwood.com

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