100 New Books In One Year

Knowledge drives progression…

At the start of this year I set a goal to read 100 new books this year. Considering the average of 30.4 days per month that breaks down to 3.3 books per month, so I’ll shoot for 4 and do 1 a week. I’m off to a good start and have been able to read 16 so far, and considering it’s march I’m a bit ahead of schedule, but hey reading more isn’t bad right?

So why read 100?

Of all my siblings, my mom would be the first to tell you that I had the hardest time learning and wanting to read. I don’t remember much of that but I never really loved reading fiction growing up. I read 6 1/2 of the Harry Potter books and got bored and still, to this day have not finished the last 1 and 1/2 books of the series (sorry Harry Potter fans).

I was never able to get into it, that being said I wasn’t a poor reader or unable to do it, just didn’t care to do so in my free time. I just wanted to play and tinker with things.

As I got older I stumbled more upon the non-fiction world of reading and all the things out there to learn, and for whatever reason that caught my attention and sucked me in, yes as a 17 year old things like Popular Mechanics.

I have always loved to learn, and books are one of the best ROI products out there that you can buy. An average books costs you $20, and guarantee there is at least 1 or 2 ideas in there that are worth 10x that to how you think about a problem or understand a new topic. Add on top of this that so many of the smartest people out there just consume a wealth of knowledge and they then have it to draw upon at any time. So why wouldn’t we want to read and understand more?

One of the best ways to learn is from an expert, and what better way than to read what they have written and thought about for many hours as they refined and published those thoughts.

So the goal is 100 books, that number could be any arbitrary amount, the real goal here is knowledge. This is a year of gaining as much knowledge as I can, and setting a new habit of continual rapid learning.

You can track and follow my progress here or feel free to send me suggestions of other books that I don’t have on my list: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/43620275-chase-cottle

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