I failed to reach my goal last year to read 15 books in 2015. I’m keeping the same goal because I wasn’t very close to reaching my goal last year. I read nine books. Audible books will count toward my goal. I have a 35-45 minute commute to work and I think if I use that time to listen to books, it is time well spent.
A quote that has hit me recently is “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers” by Harry Truman. If I want to be a leader, I need to be reading. I need to constantly be filling my mind with new information and constantly be learning. I love to read, but I don’t choose to that over other things, like binge-watching New Girl. Don’t hate, Jessica Day inspires me to teach. Sometimes a New Girl episode or ten is good for my professional development/mental health.
Anyways, I finished my first book of the year on Audible and I highly recommend it to everyone!
“It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short time and time again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself a worthy cause; who if he wins knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt’s quote above is one of the driving forces for this book. I want to be in the arena taking risks to progress in life and rising strongly if I fail. Brené Brown is amazing and does a great job balancing storytelling and research. This is a must read!