Learning and Growth

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body and prayer is to the soul. We become the books we read

Willingness to learn is a choice

Add a part of your day or week that is dedicated to learning.  For the sake of these pages ‘Growth and Learning’ is a broad concept encompassing anything that improves you or adds to your knowledge or skill set – perhaps something you’ve always wanted to do or something you see as a challenge.

For example, learn how to –

  • Cook or drive or ride a bike… rollerskate
  • Speak a new language
  • Build a web site, use a computer or computer program
  • Play a new sport or join a team
  • Take up Yoga


As a suggestion have two books on the go, one inspirational, work or wellness related.  The other pure fiction.  A personal rule of thumb I try and follow is non-fiction during the day and fiction at night before sleeping.

Some ideas (found in Resources)

  • Body language
  • Improve your memory
  • Stoicism

Fitting it in

You can do a lot in 20-30 minutes a day (or certain days of the week), even more if you can manage an hour.  The point is to start and do small manageable amounts.

If you find reading difficult or time consuming a couple of good alternatives are audio books or pod casts.

Naturally these tend to be the things get put off – but you can tweak our existing routines to fit things in.  For example rather than watching the news while eating breakfast or lunch play a podcast.  Listen to an audio book on stoicism on the way to work.