I needed to break the hiatus that was rapidly building in my reading.
I was struggling to complete a book! I mean, just one book!
I tried reading several books but stopped after the first few chapters for most of them; I could tell I was struggling. After weeks of hoping and waiting for this phase to end with me falling right back in love with my books, I decided to try something different.
I settled for something that checked all the boxes on the list below .
Read something light – no pressure.
Read something you like/love
Read for 15 mins daily.
Read something light – no pressure: This was to break the ice. My default books are non-fiction books on business, entrepreneurship, self-development and emotional intelligence as they almost always leave me with things I could adopt right away. This time, I decided to try something else… I decided to read a novel. The books that endeared me to reading when I was a kid. The kind of books that leave you light, smiling to yourself and/or reading for hours without feeling like it’s some sort of work.
Read something you like/love: I like a lot of my non-fiction books as this site will show you, but right now, I needed to check out other genres that I loved and which also checked the first box – Something light – no pressure. I remember reading so many novels as a child and teenager, and I’ve had a couple of them on my shelf which I bought but didn’t read (they don’t solve as much problems as the non-fictions do; and I didn’t have all the time in the world – my thoughts).
Read for 15 mins daily: I mentioned this in my post about ‘How to read more’. This didn’t work alone this time as I started reading different books but couldn’t sustain the momentum enough to finish any particular book, which is why checking all 3 boxes was essential.
PS: I read my novel in 2 days.
I have finally completed a book and broken my streak. smiles
Sidney Sheldon’s “Are You afraid of the dark” did the trick.
I hope I’m back! And if I’m not, we check those boxes again and again 😊👍🏽
How many people do you know that have passed on in 2020?
2020 is the year where I have counted up to 10 people that have died; some were professional colleagues, some were people that I admire, and some were really close to home. The number of the death toll keeps rising and it’s depressing.
Truthfully, not all of them were directly linked to the Corona virus but if I am asked to pick one common thing in all of these deaths, I’ll still say it’s the virus.
Whilst some of us have been safe from getting the virus, the side effects of the virus have not eluded us. Whether it is from businesses being shut down for so long, or the unlikely recovery of some businesses, the loss of incomes and jobs, the hike in prices of essentials, COVID-19 found a way to affect us all.
At the beginning of the lock-down, running was more fun because I had lots of company from my family and other neighbors who either wanted to keep fit or just needed to get out of the house. I was in the last 3 weeks of my running program (even after repeating three different weeks to enable me run easier) It was fun, challenging and humbling. You know when you get back home and you stretch your feet up all day not because you worked hard for it but because the run whooped you!
Sometimes I feel that we meet certain people at the exact time we are prepared to receive them, same with the books we read. This book could not have been timelier for me especially with the privilege of starting a new company.
The goal is not to do business with everybody that needs what you have, the goal is to do business with everyone that believes what you believe.
I remember some years back when a particular question haunted me. It followed me everywhere I went and showed up in everything I did. I was working hard, earning more but yet I didn’t feel fulfilled, so I needed to know the signs to look out for, I needed to be able to know what IT would mean on the inside before it became evident to others. I needed to know what the criteria was to be among them, I needed to know the milestones to work towards, I needed a vision for what it looked like so I would know when I achieved it, that was when my search began…
I needed to answer the question – WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO ME?
YOU get the chance to recommend a book to be reviewed by Tosan A. for the first time. This comes as part of the celebration of our 4th anniversary – Tosansreviews.com.
It’s been three phenomenal years of reading, learning and connecting with you through our book reviews. I am excited that you’ve been part of our journey and would like to invite you to join in our celebration. How else can we celebrate other than doing what we do best… reading, reviewing and sharing.
A few points to note.
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Books must be non-fiction (no novels); Business, Christian, Inspiration or Self-development (100 – 300 pages)
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It is no ordinary desire that survives disappointment, discouragement, temporary defeat, criticism and the constant accusation of being a ‘waste of time’. It is a burning desire, an obsession!
It’s funny how things seem tougher when you take a decision about something or decide to make a change. You decide to lose weight by eating healthier meals then you get offers for free meals of small chops, pizzas and ice cream not once or twice and you remember you don’t even have to pay! You decide to help a friend and you find out that helping out can also be really inconvenient. It’s funny how there’s always a hurdle to cross when you make a decision or take a stand.
This book will teach you how to close the gap between ideas and achievements, good intentions and their successful completion. It will guide you on how to keep your enthusiasm while crossing those hurdles that seem positioned just for you.