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Book 3 of 52

I just finished reading: The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey has a polarising effect on people who are aware of his teachings and philosophy. This book is very much targeted for an American audience. But, the principles are universal and can be translated to every country and culture.

The Total Money Makeover shows a simple path to building wealth, long-term. The baby steps will take lots of focus and sacrifice. But, Dave's Baby Steps will ensure one to keep their wealth because they have worked hard for it.

For someone struggling with crippling debt and living payslip to payslip, I think this book gives hope and encouragement. That someone can become debt-free and build wealth; provided they work the plan and stick with it for long-term.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

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Book 2 of 52

David suggests revisiting the book every quarter. I totally agree. I purchased this book in 2016. Read it once. Skimmed it once. Now, re-reading it again in 2021, I concur.

One-liner: Getting things done is not about getting things done. It's about being appropriately engaged with a task or an activity in hand.

One-takeaway: In David's own words, Weekly Review is the “critical success factor” in making your GTD practise stick. So, do your Weekly Review.

Affiliate Link: Getting Things Done by David Allen

Duration: 2-Jan-21 – 17-Jan-21

Current Status: · 2/52 books completed · 604/16,334 pages read (3.70%) · on book 3 – The Total Money Makeover · up next – Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth · just finished – Getting Things done · 30 pages read per day on average / I need to average 46 per day to get through all 52 books on my list this year

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1/52: Deep Work by Cal Newport

A must-read for winning in a constantly distracted world.

Deep Work

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I really enjoyed re-listening to The Science of Happiness podcast episode on noticing the good in your life.

The exercise is very simple. Every day or night, for the next week or so, write down three good things that happened during that day or the previous day. The real impact of this exercise comes when you start explaining why that chosen event or thing is a good thing.

I have recorded three good things in my journal. Here's one for the world.

I went for a stroll around the block for about half-hour. I felt refreshed and relaxed after 8 hours of sitting down and staring at the screen.

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Today's note on Daily Stoic book was about Addiction and it can control us.

Addiction comes in different forms. Some are addicted to drugs, alochol, tobaccoo, food etc. In this digitally connected world, one is addicted to social media feeds, smart phones, emails etc.

Daily Stoic beautifully reminds us that addictions are like:

The little compulsions and drives we have not only chip away at our freedom and sovereignty, they cloud our clarity.

Remember to reclaim your ability to abstain and you will be rewarded with clarity in your thoughts and the confidence to face any challenge.


Paper has more patience than people – Anne Frank

Journaling is something I have been doing on and off since 2013.

I have tried analogue and digital. I love analogue more than digital journaling.

Inspired by Ryan Holiday's Daily Stoic podcast episode on keeping a journal, I am restarting my journaling practise from today. It's my favourite longhand stream of consciousness journaling. There is something magical about putting pen to paper. The blank page never intimidates me. I'm more comfortable on a blank sheet of paper than on blinking cursor.

So, why not give journaling a try? Just 5 minutes. Pen to paper or digital. Go!

Resources: 1. The Art of Journaling 2. Austin Kleon's Logbook 3. Noticing the Good in Your Life 4. Three Good Things


Books has been a part and parcel of my life since childhood. My father is an avid reader and I believe I might have inherited this “reading” gene from him.

In 2021, I'm embarking on a new project to read 52 books in a year i.e. one book a week or 52 books in 52 weeks.

I feel like I'm spending my free time mindlessly on Instagram & YouTube. These platforms are designed to steal one's attention from important things in our lives.

Back in 2015, I stumbled upon Medium blog posts by blogger Nicole Zhu on reading 52 books in 52 weeks. I was really hooked on the idea and tried it myself. I failed. Again in 2018, I stumbled upon Books of Titans podcast by Erik Rostad. I thought I wanted to give this challenge another go. I failed again. However, this time I feel like I can take on this challenge as per Erik's recommendation in these blog posts.

I have created a spreadsheet which I will be using to track my reading progress. And, you can follow my progress here.

Happy Reading!

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