Reading challenge update: 25/35.
At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to reach 35 books. Now, my approach to goal-setting is much different, and my perspective has totally changed. But, I wanted to finish the challenge anyway as an act of character and display of consistency. Sadly, at things aren’t looking hopeful at this point. I'm still going to try my hardest until January 1st comes, but I don't think I'm going to make it.
Reading challenge update: 20/35.
Have you ever read a book and realized halfway through that you don't totally agree after all? Do you ever start off agreeing with it, but then realize the point could be more accurate than the book makes it appear to be?
Reading challenge update: 19/35.
I've been pretty bad about giving updates on my reading challenge, but one of the things I'm looking forward to in 2019 is going more in depth in sharing what I've learned from these books. Not having a laptop makes this hard, but it's definitely on my mind to do more blog posts inspired by the books I'm reading. For now, my strategy is to catch up on my reading, and then dive deep once I'm done. I WILL reach my goal no matter what.
One of the books I read this year was a book called “The Last Safe Investment” written by Bryan Franklin and Michael Ellsberg. I heard about it through Praxis, in fact, they sent me copy at the beginning of the year. A couple weeks ago, we had an online meeting with Michael Ellsberg and he talked about the ideas incorporated into the book.
Reading challenge update: 12/35.
I've managed to stay on top of my reading so far, and the latest book I read was called "A Rulebook for Arguments" by Anthony Weston. It covers everything from the basic guidelines of arguments to writing argumentative essays. The book goes through a lot of details, so today I thought I'd share one particular section I think is very crucial - causal argument formations.
Reading challenge update: 11/35.
“How did politicians ever come to believe this weird idea that the law could be made to produce what it does not contain - the wealth, science, and religion that, in a positive sense, constitute prosperity?”
I've noticed a problem today that I want to solve, so I'm going to do that right here and right now. You see, this past year I've been focused on doing projects, launching my career, and bettering myself as a professional. I haven't had a lot of time for reading, which is something I love doing.
I’m not a fan of the word “teen” because implies a lot of things that I don’t believe are true. Labels in general I’m not a fan of, I think they do more damage than anything. There’s plenty of resources out there that argue why age segregation is a real issue resulting from the public school system, however, chances are either you’re a teen (or a parent of a teen) that just wants some good books to read. I’ll save the boring stuff for another post.
In the past, I made the mistake of being silent as I learned. I'm now coming to recognize this to be a mistake and it's mainly a result of seeing it's negative effects. No doubt, anyone that knows me knows I love learning, but I've always been quiet about my thoughts and progress - I've missed great opportunities because of that. I thought a good way to prevent this from happening further is to write about the books I'm reading and give updates as I move along. Not only does it keep me motivated, it's a great way to share my journey.
I've been going to church my whole life. I became a Christian when I was 5 and I was baptized when I was 9. My testimony is a miraculous one, as is everyone's, but that's a story for another time. The point is my whole life I've always been really involved with church. Every Sunday I was in Sunday school singing along with the kids songs, making crafts that had something to do with the story we learned (you know, Noah's ark, Moses, Adam and Eve). I'm not saying any of this is bad, I'm only trying to make a point. I think by now you get the idea.