The First Rule of Bookclub

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What are you reading?

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There’s significant value in rereading interesting books, but it fades next to the value of talking to intelligent peers about books we have already read.

Reading More Vs. Talking To Intelligent Peers

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Readers’ Learning Curve

Teaching what you’ve learned to someone else, engaging in meaningful conversations with peers about that same subject would allow you to, surprisingly, learn even more about it each time you engage in it this way.

How to get more out of books we’ve loved?

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Writing a book is not merely about spreading the idea, it’s a journey to learn more and dive deeper into the idea. It’s a journey for the author, as much as it is for the readers, maybe even more. And the act of teaching the reader is the same act for the author to learn.

Hence, The Idea of a Bookclub

Which Bookclub to Attend?

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Bookclubs that bring value are single focused on the conversation, rather than the speaker. They’re diving deep, rather than skimming over a wide range of shallow ideas. They’re about practical, customized, and personal knowledge. Knowledge that we can use right away.

Find The Others

The First Rule of Bookclub

Once we engage in something and we find it valuable to us, it becomes selfish not to talk about it. Not sharing our resources with each other is selfish.

You don’t go to the gym to exercise. You can exercise at home. You go to the gym to find others like you, who will push you beyond what you can do on your own. Bookclubs are the same. It’s the gym for our minds.

Lead Your Own Bookclub

Finding a way to connect those who are interested creates a tribe, a sense of belonging, and earns you a seat at the leadership table.

List of Books to Read and Discuss in a Bookclub

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Remember: deep is more effective than wide. You can choose to dive deep into two main ideas per session. You don’t have to cover it all in one night.

Some of the general books could be:

Books that talk about spreading ideas:

Classic Novels

Books about relationships

Books about Business and Marketing

Books about habits

Blogging, running bookclubs, and, when at my full-time job, training customer care reps.

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