7 books for personal growth heading into 2021

Whenever I run into a list of books written by someone, even when I have no idea who that someone is, I have the reflex of clicking it.

Even if I see the word "reading list" offline I start poking the words like a madman, waiting for something to happen.

Booklists are super popular among people like us.

I didn't read that anywhere; I'm just guessing, but, since I see them everywhere, it's safe to assume that's because people can't get enough of them.

The books in this list I'm giving you are these: seven books you have already read.

Yup. That's it.

We're constantly looking for an answer to our questions out there. We assume that we don't already know the secret to life, but that there is one. A magic button that will make everything instantaneous and effortless.

Maybe the answer is that you already have all the information you need to become who you want to be. Perhaps now is just a matter of action, of applying what you already know.

I know this is not earth-shattering. By now is as much a clichè as "the best books for X" lists, or "5 reasons why you are like Trump."

The insight is noticing that, whenever you feel the pull to peek into that reading list from famous-internet-guru, realize that that is also procrastination.

Last year I did the challenge of not allowing myself to read any new book. Not even books I had already purchased but hadn't read yet.

I could only re-read.

It turned out the value I got from that re-reading was much more impactful than continually chasing new stuff.

When you approach things from a perspective of "I already know everything I need to know to accomplish/be X, now I need to make it happen", it shifts your mindset into action.

If you want to find out what you already know, journal about something you've already read, you'll find that you'll be much more prone to extracting insights.

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