August 26, 2022 - By: Brandon Jenkins

Read a book above your level….

“Apply yourself to thinking through difficulties—hard times can be softened, tight squeezes widened, and heavy loads made lighter for those who can apply the right pressure.” —Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind, 10.4b

With reading, like anything else, if you don’t break outside your comfort zone, significant growth can’t occur. This doesn’t mean you should read something that is completely uninteresting to you, or about a topic that you do not care to know anything about. Pick something that dives into a subject you’ve always wanted to learn more about.

I’ve read so many great quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson. But, when I picked up the book, “Essential Writings”, I couldn’t read any of the first 10 essays straight through without going cross-eyed—a sure sign that the book might be above my level. I’m going to try and re-engage with that book because I have been so intrigued by many of his quotes—inspired even. Essential Writings at goodreads.

What about you? What’s a book that you’ve always wanted to read but thought was just a bit above your level?

I might add, it takes humility to admit that there actually are books above your level. And that humility is a sure sign of strength.

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