20 Pages a Day

20 pages a day. 140 pages a week. 7300 pages a year.

OK, that last number does seem a bit daunting. However, assuming the average book is 240 pages, with a disciplined approach to daily reading setting a target of reading a minimum of 24 books in 2012 does seem achievable. In fact, it is a target that I have decided to set for myself.

I have always enjoyed reading, and I relish spending time at a cafe digging into a good book or loading something of interest onto my Kindle app.  Often times though, I feel that I don’t read as much as I like, or for that matter as much as I should – given the need to keep learning, amidst the increasingly dynamic world we now live in. (side note: I highly recommend reading a recent Fast Company article, This is Generation Flux: Meet the New (and Chaotic) Frontier of Business).

So far, although it is early, I am on track with my goal of reading 24 books.  I completed reading Public Parts by Jeff Jarvis, and am currently getting immersed in the Steve Jobs biography as well as Seth Godin’s Poke the Box.

Some other books on this year’s reading list include:

The Histories of Social Media, by Jonathan Salem Baskin
Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead, by Charlene Li
The Power of Co-Creation, by Venkat Ramaswamy
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better And How They Can Change The World, by Jane McGonigal
What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, by Rachel Botsman

In writing this post, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a special hat-tip to Dave Fleet, from whom I’ve drawn some inspiration from – he is challenging himself to read 36 books this year.

Have you recently read any books you recommend I should consider? What books are on your reading list?

5 Things to Thank Steve For

Perhaps it’s fitting that I’m writing this on Thanksgiving, a great time to pause, reflect, and give thanks to those who have had a significant impact on my life. Last Wednesday the world lost a true visionary in Steve Jobs. Much has been written, and much has been said, about the overwhelming impact and contribution that Jobs has made; some people have alluded to Jobs as being the Einstein of our generation, and I have a hard time disagreeing with that comparison.

Here are five personal things that I would like to thank Steve for:

  1. Inspiring me. Steve’s many accomplishments, and the manner in which he achieved them, speak volumes.
  2. Helping me to maintain and build relationships with friends. Sure, I use platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but it’s through Apple products that I access them.
  3. Adding an element of fun to my runs. I bought an iPod Nano years ago, and have since graduated to using my iPhone. The Nike+ GPS app is definitely one of my favourites.
  4. Teaching me. Steve Jobs built Apple into a brand that is unlike any other – one that cultivates passion and emotion, and arguably has the most loyal customer base in the world.
  5. Reminding me that nobody is perfect. Even Apple is not without it’s flaws. Lost in the outpouring of admiration for Steve is one very staunch reality:  the majority of Apple products are manufactured in China by Foxconn, a company that is known for significant human rights violations.

Of course, it’s also fitting that I’m writing this using my MacBrook Pro. Steve, you will be missed.

Three Poignant Stories from Steve Jobs

It’s no secret that Steve Jobs, Apple’s Co-founder and CEO, has achieved remarkable success in his career. I came across this video of his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address on TED, and I thought I would post it here. In the video, Steve shares how his path to success was far from linear. If you can spare fifteen minutes, I highly recommend watching the video, it’s quite inspirational.

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