Can you imagine reading and re-reading just three books for an entire year?
That’s Chris Brogan’s proposal. Brogan says we move speedily from one book to the next one without integrating or implementing the ideas contained in the previous one. We are information gluttons.
Brogan wants to change this tendency in himself and he’s inviting us along. He wants to see how deeply he can go in his practice and experience. He wants his learning to matter and to influence his life.
So Brogan created the Three Book Diet. The challenge begins November 1st, 2012 and runs until November 2013.
I’m attracted by the idea of going deep instead of skimming the surface. The simplicity of the Three Book Diet also seems like an ideal way to declutter the mind. When you do a serious meditation retreat, for example, you don’t read books.
Three books! A Year! It’s a worthy question for consideration. The answer will clearly reflect what’s truly important to you in life right now. And that’s worthwhile to remember.
But honestly, I don’t know that I could keep to the Three Book Diet for a year. I constantly refer to and re-read sections in two priceless books on meditation, essential for my work as a meditation instructor. I often review or read books related to blog posts in the making. And, I do manuscript evaluations for budding authors and entrepreneurs.
The Three Book Diet: My Picks
If I didn’t have to count these work related reads, some of which may be cheating, my top picks would be:
- Turning Pro, Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield – for motivation and encouragement as a writer.
- Focus, A Simplicity Manifeto in the Age of Distraction by Leo Babauta – for practical ways to cut down on distraction. If you are curious, you can download 27 chapters of Focus for free by using the link.
- Fearless Simplicity, The Dzogchen Way of Living Freely in a Complex World by Tsoknyi Rinpoche – to fine tune my understanding of basic and advanced meditation.
I know these are the books that will help me go to the core, change my habits, and create more simplicity and spaciousness in my life and mind. Although I’m not ready to commit to The Three Book Diet for a year, I can commit to deeply engaging with these three books.
Intrigued by challenge? Read the guidelines for the The Three Book Diet.
Are you on for the Three Book Diet? What books would you choose?
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