By Katie Corbett
I’ll be the first to admit that I find rereading the same book to be totally boring. I have only read five fiction books more than once: A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett, and all four books in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. The only nonfiction book I have perused more than once is The Four-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss.
An observation I made while reading “Think and Grow Rich for Women,” by Sharon Lechter, might change all that. In her book, Sharon includes wisdom from men and women alike about what makes them successful. Many of them said they read parts of “Think and Grow Rich” every day – even if it is just a few pages. This, they said, helped them keep principles they’ve read in the book top-of-mind throughout the year.
I have not read “Think and Grow Rich for Women” more than once – yet – but my frequent revisits to The Four-Hour Workweek have showed me the wisdom in this practice. The fact is, there is a ton of information out there, and you can’t be ready for all of it at the time you first encounter it. When I reread Tim’s book, different aspects of it stand out to me than when I read it first – especially now that I’m developing a product. The first time I read Tim’s book in April of 2015, I was inspired by the idea that you can separate spending time working from earning money, and you can design a lifestyle that fits what you want for yourself and your family. When I came back to Tim’s book last April, I was able to use his Fear-Setting exercise to jump-start my product creation process. When I picked up his book in September, I developed a script to ask my current employer if working from home might be an option. (They wouldn’t go for it, so now I know I won’t be there long-term, which is good to know now, so I can push forward with my product with confidence.) I haven’t picked up Tim’s book since September, so who knows where I’ll be when I am compelled to read it again.
It’s funny, but when I started this article, I was going to end by making a resolution to read “Think and Grow Rich for Women” each September. But now, as I’m seeing how much The Four-Hour Workweek has impacted me, I plan to read it again in the first quarter of 2019. Who knows what insights I’ll gain from picking it up again that I wasn’t ready for in the past. And who knows; I’ll probably read “Think and Grow Rich for Women,” again, too.
What book has impacted the direction of your life? Do you think it might be time to give it a fresh read?
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