Book Problems

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I’m in the midst of actively reading Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives.

I’m also actively reading Natural Born Heroes, and I’m in a book club with my running group where we’re working our way through Born to Run.

On my iPad I have started and I’m passively reading To Sell is Human, Invisible Cities, The Happiness Hypothesis, The Signal and the Noise, Team of Rivals, A Leader’s Legacy, Gardens of Democracy and the newest edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Oh, and my Audible wish list grows faster than my hair does these days!

As if all of that wasn’t enough, I was inspired (or enabled I should say) by a friend at #SHRM15 to purchase Marcus Buckingham’s newest book, Standout 2.0.  The results of my “strengths assessment” told me that my greatest strength is my steady stream of ideas, but that I need to refine those ideas and communicate them in a way that is palatable to people with different strengths.

So naturally I purchased a book to help me with this, Made to Stick.

If you’re counting, that’s 13 books I am either actively reading or reading from time to time, and all the while my Instapaper and Pocket accounts fill up faster than I can possibly keep up with because I perpetually find incredible reads through Flipboard, Zite, and the blogs that I follow.

There simply isn’t enough time to read all this stuff!

And that brings me back to the premise of the book at the very start of this post, Scarcity. Upon writing this, I realized that I have trapped myself into thinking that I simply can’t read enough, that there isn’t enough time, and that there is no way I can keep up.

That mindset has made it overwhelming, if not impossible to make consistent, meaningful progress on any of these books!

Maybe the answer is in finishing where this blog post started. Maybe I just need to focus on and finish Scarcity. I think I’ll do that.

That is, of course, until it inspires me to pull another book off the shelf.


Image Credit: By Herzi Pinki (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

3 thoughts

  1. I do the same thing because I am so excited to read this new book I forget about the old.This leaves a lot of unfinished reading,I have discovered to just focus on one and finish it.

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