Anyone who has spent more than a day with me has probably heard me say “the person you become is determined by the books you read and the people you surround yourself with.” That’s a core belief of mine. But as important as reading has been to me, I’ve rarely gone back to a book once I’ve finished it. I read a book (or listen to it), absorb its principles, learn what I can, and then I’m on to the next book.

But over the past few months, I’ve been thinking think about what I could do better or differently in the new year. And what occurred to me was that while I don’t re-read books, plenty of other people do. I learned to appreciate reading from other people (yes, there was a time I thought reading was pointless!), so I thought maybe it’s time I learned to re-read, too.

So I dove in.

I’m very grateful to have finally learned the value of re-reading, and so I want to share my new discovery (or, at least a new-to-me discovery) with you today. Do you re-read? Has your experience been similar? If you don’t re-read, I encourage you to at least consider starting.

Here’s a few of the books where I’ve found even deeper meaning and insight as I’ve revisited their pages:

  • The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
  • The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod
  • The Go Giver, by Bob Burg
  • As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen
  • Leadership and Self-Deception, by The Arbinger Institute

 

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