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Reading meditations

One blogger recently wrote about the need to read. In order to survive and succeed in business and in a career path I have taken to reading a list of books to better myself in business and for personal growth. I referenced two of the titles here and another title here and commented briefly on another book here. When I read I have a pen or pencil and a notebook near by to write a passage the speaks to me or contains useful information.

Reviewing my notes this afternoon I came across some interesting passages.
From Stephen C. Harper's book The Forward-Focused Organization:
"What worked well yesterday will be less effective today, ineffective tomorrow, and obsolete the day after tomorrow.... companies need to have visionary leaders at all levels and in every unit. Every person has the potential to make a difference..."
From A Passion for Success, by Kazuo Inamori:
"When you encounter obstacles in you life or career, you will need some type of value system to guide your decision making.... Such a pursuit of happiness will be futile... An 'easy' lifestyle may initially seem carefree and pleasurable, but sooner or later, we all crave a higher purpose in life."
From How to Become CEO by Jeffrey J. Fox:
"Leave the office and take one workday a month, or even three weeks, and go to a local public or university library.... and organize all your 'to do' projects."
From the Proverbs of Solomon, [ESV]:
"Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.... She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town, 'Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!' To him who lacks sense she says, 'Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.'"

From The Burial at Thebes: A version of Sophocles' Antigone, by Seamus Heaney:
"The land of the living, sister
Is neither here nor there.
We enter it and we leave it.
The dead in the land of the dead
Are the ones you'll be with longest.
And how are you going to face them,
Ismene, if you dishonour
Their laws and the gods' laws?"

Daily I take notes on what I read and try to review them once a week. What are your reading habits?

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