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Old 12-05-2014, 10:02 PM
Location: Texas Hill Country
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It is rather interesting that as the students at the university I work for prepare for finals week, I'm approaching some of my reading as if it is the first week of school.

Having cleared a major distraction from my life, hopefully permanently, I am now finding myself with a lot more open time (and am blinking as I realized how much time I wasted before) and my focus to getting my home built is returning.

So this evening I grabbed one of the many books I bought about house building off the shelf and started reading it. It's from 1976, it's usefulness is debatable, but it is like the start of a major project where you just start reading books related to the subject. It is not just to load up your mind with points here and there, but to condition the mind to be thinking about the subject.

With a major academic project, the funnel narrows as one moves on and that may be the case here.

But it is always so interesting to look back on such a project and just realize how much information one has been exposed to.........even if in this case, it will be longer than a semester.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:50 AM
Location: Kansas/China
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Good post, I just got done reading an article very similar to what your post is about. Here's a link. The Warren Buffett formula: How you can get smarter

They are talking about business, but really it can be related to just about anything, like building a house. I own a restaurant and love business, I'm always wanting to learn more about business and how to make myself think smarter and make better decisions. I'm 27, I wasted a lot of my youth up into my early 20's just floating through life. I read a book a few years back, Thinking For a Change, and it has dramatically altered how I look at life. Basically, I just realized I had been going about life all wrong, but it helped lay out a path for me to follow for my self improvement. I love reading business/self improvement books. I truly believe reading leads to a higher quality of life. I don't read much fiction, mostly just the big hits like Hunger Games, Narnia, Hobbit/Lotr, etc.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:17 AM
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Well, more of it.

Been under the weather since Friday, well, New Year's but it only really hit when I got back on Friday, so it has been a lot of jet lag like sleep time.

So Saturday morning as I am tossing and turning, I pulled a Nevada Barr book off the shelf by my bed.....and just finished it about an hour ago. I'm better today but still taking today easy. Then, went to a set of shelves and "randomly" picked a Zahn book off it and started it. Will that be a moment of despair, the day a shelf is loaded with books already read?

As this is an easy day, I don't feel too guilty about it not being a serious book, but really, any book reading is probably better than hanging around the Net or TV.......here on a kitten break.
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:14 AM
Location: Tennessee
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I belong to a nonfiction book discussion group and we vote on the books we will read so sometimes I'm reading something I wouldn't normally pick to read on my own. That has its pluses and minuses. The plus is you are exposed to different things. The minus is that if you don't like the book, it takes time away from what you could be reading.
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:31 PM
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And it goes without saying if you have kids make sure to gift them the 'gift of reading....always. Buy them a book and give it to them. Being a gift from you it will have great import. They will have that very important skill that for the rest of their lives.
Reading will expand their world and horizons! It did for me. As Dr Seuss says, "Oh the places you'll go!"
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