Life of an Underdeveloped Bookworm

Feels good to be let out. So at the beginning of this year, a friend encouraged me to join this reading challenge thing for the year and I was quite excited about it. I mean, it was one of my goals for the year; to read more, so why not? And I joined.
The list of the books came out and for those who couldn’t get hard copies, soft copies were released.
“You can do this, Anesi. Use this as practice. You’ll get used to it. Download these books and be positive about reading them.”
That was how I downloaded the two books I wanted to read for that month. First being ‘Self Development 101’ by John C. Maxwell. Just 66 pages, easy peasy right? No! Definitely not. I’m still not done, even as I type but I’ve gone a reasonable length. And today, I’m going to be giving my half review 😭😭
I also started building my library last year and I’m a proud owner of about seven books (hard copies, of course). I have a thing for buying books now, which is a good thing I guess. Now all that’s left is reading them🌚😩
Now Self Development 1/2 0 1/2…
“To improve the quality of your life is to improve yourself.”
This book agrees with my life principle in more ways than not: change is constant. I strongly believe in change and it has helped a lot, I try not to dwell on things which are sure to be temporary cause letting go in the end will hurt so much.
Nothing is permanent(but we gotta find the ones worth lasting for a really long time) and Maxwell agrees when he says, “wins like losses, are temporary.” There are so many quotes relating to this and I’ll drop a few.

The greatest enemy of tomorrow’s success is today’s success.
Everything you do today builds on what you did yesterday and altogether, those things determine what will happen tomorrow.
The greatest of all miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today, but we can improve if we make sense of the potential implanted in us by God.” -Rabbi Samuel M. Silver
You can’t change where you started but you can change the direction you are going.
It’s not what you are going to do, but it’s what you are doing now that counts.

And others…
The best thing I learnt from this book is this,
“Be a tree- The more the tree has grown and has created strong roots that can sustain it, the more it can produce , the greater its value.”
Wooshhh! Isn’t that something? In essence, we have to grow, grow, grow! And not stop because it’s where our value is placed, whether you like it or not. Develop your self; know your strengths and weaknesses but don’t focus on reducing your weaknesses instead FOCUS ON IMPROVING YOUR STRENGTHS. The only way to truly grow and improve is to get out of your comfort zone. And know one thing, before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself and when you become a leader, success is about growing others. Another way to develop yourself is to be teachable, possess the willingness to learn, unlearn and relearn. Things learned today can always be better tomorrow; do not be stagnant water for mosquitoes to lay eggs and dwell in😭😭
John Wooden says: it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
The quotes in this book lowkey have onions and pepper😢 Too powerful yo! Incase you don’t get this one, it simply says that you basically can’t stop learning, even after that degree. When you think you know it all, a new invention comes out the next day and you find out you actually do not know it all. So German philosopher Goethe advised, “Never let a day pass without looking at some perfect work of art, hearing some great piece of music and reading, in part, some great book.”
Sydney J. Harris also says, “A winner knows how much he still has to learn, even when he is considered an expert by others. A loser wants to be considered an expert by others, before he has learned enough to know how little he knows.”
Totally backing up John Wooden and I know many of us have fallen into this “know know” category. You want to shout on the mountain top when you know so little and most times, end up looking or feeling silly.
Here’s how learning typically works:
1. Act
2. Look for your mistakes and evaluate
3. Search for a way to do it better
4. Go back to 1.
Wow. I’ve gone a long way though and I’m legit excited. Even the little I learned from Uncle John is a lot! I hope it helps someone in some way or the other and just so you know, 95% of the knowledge here are from him. All credit strictly given to John C. Maxwell.
So that does it. Next book I’m reading is ‘The Truth About You’ by Marcus Buckingham. And it’s definitely a hard copy book. Can’t deal with these soft folks 😒
Till my next post…love you and live out the will of God for you.
PS: I never got to read the other soft copy book anyway. It’s called ‘The Five Seconds Rule’ by Mel Robbins. Just incase you want to check it out.

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