I take notes when I read books. Not every book, but most. I try to read for pure enjoyment sometimes, but even then I find myself taking a few notes.
One book I recently finished is Jon Acuff’s new book Start. I took 12 pages of notes. Some of you may think I’m nuts. That’s fine. My feeling on taking notes goes something like this: “Why read something if I don’t plan to take something from it to improve my life?” Hence, I take notes.
When I’m finished with the book, I review the notes. Then I make notes on my notes. Here are my notes on the notes from Start.
Action Points / Steps To Take
- What is my passion? Inspiration?
- Discover/uncover what inspires my wife and boys.
- Serve. Help others.
- Awesome is taking the detour in your day and enjoying the change of path it is taking you on.
- Be brutally realistic about your present and dream honestly.
- Forget about spending time “finding” your purpose. “Live” your purpose today. Start! Take the step. Open the door and walk through it.
- Gather trusted advisors. Stand on their shoulders.
- Document your voices. Share your voices. Share your fear and doubt.
- Be selfish at the appropriate time of the day. Claim your time, not others.
So now you’re asking what I did with the notes on the notes. Did I follow through on any of the 10 points? Yep. Every day I’m working on these points. Sometimes I need reminders though.
Also, writing this post ties into #7. I’m still working on all of these, but today is a new day, and I’m “punching fear in the face”.
Q: What actions do you take to remember and learn from the books you read? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for joining the conversation.
(This post originally published on August 12, 2013 on https://ricktheule.com.)