Labor Day Challenge – Day 3 – Read Everyday
On to day 3! So far, I have accomplished everything within my Labor Day Challenge, which includes my charge of reading a minimum 15 minutes everyday. First, let me define what reading means to me concerning the Labor Day Challenge. It does not include magazines, blogs or internet articles. It does not include the comics, the sports section or ESPN.com. These are all fine sources of reading, but it is not much of a challenge for me to read from these types of media. I am hoping to read from leadership books, self-help and relationship books, academic journals, contemporary novels and literary classics.
There are so many reasons why this is a challenge for me. First and foremost is time. As I get older and older I get busier and busier. Part of it is my own fault, I have tossed my hat into many different organizations and opportunities that keep me busy. I am a Guidance Specialist with ETS, founder and facilitator with Experiential Adventure, a half Marathon Coach with Fleet Feet Tulsa, the High Pi or Chapter Advisor for the NSU Lambda Chi Alpha Chapter, on the Oklahoma Divisions of Student Assistance Executive Board, a Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs Emerging Leaders Institute Participant, and an international Leadership Consultant, not to mention husband, son, brother, friend and soon to be father. These things keep me busy, and I am working on staying organized and putting into practice many of the time-management skills I learned throughout college. (Most of those I learned the hard way!) I came across this quote from Confucius: “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” I must find time to read, that is what my Labor Day Challenge is all about.
The second reason this is a challenge is typically I am not motivated to read. If I start a really good book, “Of Mice and Men” for example, I will become intertwined with it and read it until I finish. Some other books however, I have to chew through to get the complex information and rhetoric. Bottom line, sometimes I am too lazy to read. Well, not this next 6 weeks. I will read everyday. I hope to read about a wide variety of books.
Already, I have read one book, “Who Moved my Cheese” by Spencer Johnson.
Currently I am reading the following books:
“The Success Principals” by Jack Cranfield, “The 108 Skills of Natural Born Leaders” by Warren Blank, “Followership” by Barbara Kellerman, “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli and listening to the “Purple Cow” audiobook by Seth Godin. I would like to read another classical fiction piece, a contemporary fiction and a marriage and relationship book. So, any suggestions would be appreciated.
I read when I have breaks, such as in the evening before Kristin comes home from work, and at night before I fall asleep, and the occasional bathroom break. (Just being honest) I am excited about this challenge. I hope to start a habit that sticks with me forever. One of my main goals in life, and for the Labor Day Challenge is to become a greater leader. Harry S. Truman says, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” If want to become a better leader, I must read, and read a ton.
Do you read? If so, what are you reading? I need a couple great suggestions for a good book about finances and a good book on marriage (not that I need help in either area, I just feel you should study about things that are important to you). Check back tomorrow to see how I am doing and what is next on the Labor Day Challenge.