Every month I try and read 2-3 books with a focus on reading books that are on the current or former military reading lists and are focused in on leadership, professional development, and philosophy. The problem is five or six months down the line I’d often forget what book I read and also forget the main points from the book. Writing notes in the margin worked for a while but it was quite a pain to go through all my books and look for notes. Writing notes on the back page of the book worked great for a while, but if I gave the book away I lost the notes. I finally started writing all my notes in a mole skin journal, snapping a picture or typing them on a 1-page PDF to share on DODReads.
If you would like to join me and share your own back page notes please follow the guidance here .
To Discern what is truly essential we need space to think, time to look and listen, permission to play, and discipline to apply selective criteria to our choices.
Essentialism: – The disciplined pursuit of less
TO CHOOSE less but Better
TO ASK Am I investing in the right activities?
To PRIORITIZE your life so others do not
20% of our efforts produce 80% of our results
“you cannot overestimate the unimportance of nearly everything”
If you answer is not a definite YES! Then it should be a NO
To discern what is truly essential we need space to think, time to look and listen, permission to play and discipline to apply selective criteria to our choices.
To be beaten = The other team was better than you
To Lose= (Internal) you lost focus
Essential -Commanders- Intent: The one decision that settles 1000 later questions
If you are a reader or author and have high quality “back page notes” from your personal reading list or military reading list that you would like published on DODReads.com please use this template. I will be happy to include your notes, a short bio, picture and links to your website or socials.