Brick by Brick

One of the goals I’ve set for myself this year is to read 12 books. I got into the habit of reading last year when I did the 75 Hard challenge, and I really enjoyed it. I kinda kept the habit going, but it slowly died as the year progressed and my life got a little more hectic.

I missed reading yesterday, but I kicked it off today with Will – the Will Smith Biography. He starts off with a story from his childhood about building a wall and shares the lesson he learned from that experience. When you focus on building an entire wall it’s hard to ever imagine being done, but when you focus on just laying one brick and doing it to the best of your ability, the wall magically gets built.

I applied that philosophy a year or two back. Focussing on just one day at a time, building habits that would set me up for success. It did, and then that success overwhelmed me and it stopped the daily habits. I need to get them back.

Will (through the works of Mark Manson) also talks about a less than ideal childhood, and the lessons he learned along the way. Sometimes weakness isn’t a weakness and sometimes it’s just a matter of where we apply our talents that determine whether they are weaknesses or strengths.

The bottom line is, I’m 30 pages in and it’s a really good book. I’d highly recommend it.

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