Do you have a purpose? Why do you do the things you do? These questions seem heavy, but they are not meant to be. A couple of years ago, I stated on the blog that I was reading the literary classics, and I read a few of them that year, but not as many as I’d like. Last year, I said that I’d be reading the literary classics again, and I read a few more, but still not as many as I’d like.
I didn’t have a clear purpose of why I wanted to read the literary classics. It is a worthy goal, but I didn’t take the time to define my purpose, so it wasn’t front and centre, therefore I’d read other books that interested me.
When You Have a Purpose for Your Goals You Achieve More Success
At the end of 2012 when I was taking a look at what I have been reading, I discovered, as I have said before, that my reading menu was very western. Many times while I was reading, the types of books that once gave me pleasure were now boring, which is a signal that I needed to elevate my reading. Do not get me wrong, I read a lot of books at different levels of complexity. But with this new insight, along with events shaping my life, I decided that a Virtual Literary World Tour is the answer.
As I have been reading books by authors from around the world, I’m finding it very difficult, but I am sticking to the journey because I have a clear purpose for doing what I’m doing. After I have read some of the books on the list, I feel frustrated, and sometimes they take me to rock bottom. With The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, I felt so frustrated with the character Duddy because he was not growing and evolving by events that are supposed to be shaping his life. In The Shooting Party (Penguin Classics), Count Karneyev and Zinovyev have no code of values to guide them, as a result, they make very poor life choices.
Despite my feelings of sadness and frustration, I plough through my list of books, because I have a purpose for reading them, so I’m achieving more success than in previous years.
Have a Purpose for Reading
What is you purpose for reading a book? Are you reading for knowledge, such as mastering a subject? Or are you reading for information or for entertainment? Be clear on your reason.
Look at your major goals for 2013, and make sure that you have a clearly defined purpose so that you will achieve the success that you deserve.
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