Over the past three years, personal development and I have become what my youngest used to call “BFFs.”
I read at least a book a week. I watch videos that I find interesting, helpful, or just plain inspiring. And of course, there are my monthly phone calls with the one and only, John C. Maxwell.
Now I’ve decided to start sharing some of my personal development favorites with you! In case you’re looking for more ways to grow personally, spiritually, or professionally.
This week, I’ve got another book for you! (I promise I’ll branch out to video, podcasts, or change it up somehow, soon. I Just.Love.Books!)
Now, when I’m reading for growth, I like to read through the entire book once, to get an overall feel for it, and make note of what really interests or speaks to me. Then I read through it a second time, making notes, highlighting passages, and paying special attention to those things that caught my eye the first time around.
Right now I’m reading “A Philosopher’s Notes,” by Brian Johnson. It was recommended to me by my cousin, who is one of the many people I’d love to be when I finally grow up.
This little gem guides you through taking all of this knowledge you’ve acquired through your personal development reading and actually applying it to your daily life. Everyone from Marcus Aurelius and Confucius to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Stephen Covey are represented in these 211 pages.
He also gives you his 10 Principles of Optimal Living and shows you exactly how to apply your personal development to perfecting those principles. This book is definitely going on the “read it again and again” list.
How about you? Do you have a favorite way to grow yourself personally? Videos, podcasts, books? Feel free to share them here or on our Facebook page. With my one book per week reading goal this year, I’m always on the lookout for new books to read!