Remember I have a goal to read 50 books this year? That's about one each week so I've fallen a bit behind. Last week I read Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff. I first saw this book on Instagram. The cover and title definitely grabbed my attention as it seemed to fit right into my project. I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed!
This book has so many topics that I'm interested in and have written about already but he writes about them in such a funny and real way. I wish I would have taken notes while reading but here's a few favorite parts:
Luck is a word people who are lazy use to describe people who are hustling.
What I learned in that season was that when it comes to time management, or most other ways to accelerate awesome, change has to be simple. Especially new change. It has to be easily manageable, or we'll fail at it before we start. We can add on other changes down the road, but when we're beginning our journey, we just need to get one thing right. One tiny taste of progress.
You need to be a student of you. Don't walk down this road to awesome as if you've never been awesome before. You have. You've succeeded at something. Something came naturally. Something worked. How can you apply that to this?
and then my favorite story from the book was this one:
On Tuesday during a holiday break, I spent four hours writing a book idea. My kids were occupied with new Christmas presents and my wife was straightening up the house. At about three in the afternoon, I resurfaced from our home office and talk to my wife in the kitchen.
Her words were short and quick. I asked her what was wrong and she immediately replied, "I thought we were going to spend the day together." Then she started crying.
In that moment and many others, I failed to follow a simple rule of awesome. I was selfish at the wrong time of the day. Those hours--in the middle of the day during Christmas vacation--weren't really mine. When you're a spouse, parent, or caregiver, your time doesn't just belong to you. It's in large part communal property, shared by the entire house.
But that doesn't mean you can't be selfish with some of your time. You just have to know when you can be, which is why I mention 5:00 a.m.
The mornings I get up and write from 5:00 to 5:30, you'd be surprised at how infrequently my wife tells me I've been ignoring her. ... You can be selfish at 5:00 a.m.
Next up, I'm starting on Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of a Creative Mind next as recommended by Tara of Inspiration Zoo. I'd really like to read more fiction books to finish out the year. What's the best fiction book you've read this year?