Reading self-help books

Somehow I have never been able to finish the various self-help books I have attempted to read over the years. My wife successfully exhorted me into reading a couple of Edward de Bono books I don’t remember even going beyond a couple of pages. Then for many years two of my longest lasting clients, Steve and Akshar, have repeatedly prompted me to read Rich Dad Poor Dad which again, I couldn’t go beyond 30-40 pages. In between I also bought a Seth Godin book, a Guy Kawasaki, and couple of more.

The only book I can remember in this category is The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell but then it is not a self-help book by definition. It tells you why certain people succeed. But more or less, you can call it a self-help book.

Day before yesterday Akshar sent me another book, Getting Things Done – How to Achieve Stressfree Productivity – by David Allen. My computer is having a problem after I tried to retrieve some data from an old and damaged CD; I needed to reboot my computer multiple times and this gave me a few minutes to quickly read a couple of pages of the book.

I think this time I am going to complete this book, not because I have immediately found it irresistible, but because these days I am reading regularly. I read everyday. When you read everyday, you are not overwhelmed by how much you have got to read. You simply read one page after another, and before you know, you have read the entire book. Although I’m particular about what literature I consume, my focus these days is on reading as much as possible. After finishing The Cuckoo’s Calling I had planned to read Wuthering Heights that I have read in my college days and I wanted to read it with a new understanding, but I guess it will have to wait for a few weeks. I’m not sure, in case I complete Getting Things Done, I will certainly review it here.