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I completed my first marathon in September 2013 in Accra, Ghana. I stumbled on running marathons after losing my closest cousin who was outside of the country. It was one of the toughest periods of my life as he died on his Birthday July 16th, 2013 in questionable circumstances. It was extremely tough for me as I did not really have family members around me but I grieved through it and still tear up thinking about him. Rest In Peace Bro.

During my grieving period, I was looking for something to numb my pain distract me, I tried reading lots of John Grisham Novels which I read in the Accra Public Library, It helped a bit as John Grisham took me on a journey with his storytelling with books like the firm et al but it was not enough.

You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.― H. L. Mencken

I recently lost my Mum on the 31st of March 2019, it was one of the toughest days of my life. My mum was sick for a while but never thought she was going to be gone so soon. She battled cancer for 9+ Months and it was a roller coaster year but she did not survive it.

The following days, weeks and months have been extremely tough -the overwhelm, the despair, the withdrawals, the tears, the silence from so-called friends and family members, the longing to have just one more conversation with her, the memories.

We all grief differently and life can be cruel with its twist and turns, losing her also brought one more thing into my Life: Learning to number my days, having a sense of urgency and finally understanding the real meaning of Life is Short.

I first explored the idea of reading 100 books in a year in 2016. It was part of my new year resolution and have tried to do it yearly ever since: a

2016

Goal: Read 100 Hardcover Books
Outcome: Read 50+ Books by December 31st 2016

2017:

Goal: Read 100 Books from my Amazon Kindle.
Outcome: Read 80+ Books by December 31st 2017

2018:

Goal: Read 100 Books from my Amazon Kindle
Outcome: Read 10+ but stopped to make & execute some life decisions (Relocation et al)

2019:

I did not set the goal to read 100 Books but read some books: was not counting but I guess I read 20+ books all year round.

I am presently committed to reading 100 books in 2020 through my 100 Books reading Challenge, You might be wondering how do I intend to read 100 books in 365 days? Here are the strategies that would enable Me (you) achieve it:

  1. Start with Why

Goal Read 100 Books by December 31st 2020

January 2020-7

  1. Relentless: True Story Of The Man Behind Rogers Communications by Ted Rogers
  2. MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins
  3. Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age by Brad Smith
  4. Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry
  5. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
  6. Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins
  7. Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday

February 2020 – 9

  1. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
  2. Artificial Intelligence: Modern Magic or Dangerous Future? by Yoris Wilkis
  3. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker 
  4. 12 Rules of Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
  5. The Next Millionaire Next Door: Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D
  6. Rethinking Reputation: How PR Trumps Marketing and Advertising in the New Media World by Fraser P. Seitel 
  7. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You ThinkBook by Anna Rosling Rönnlund
  8. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  9. Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop (7/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary

March 2020 -11

1. Africa’s Business Revolution: How to Succeed in the World’s Next Big Growth Market Hardcover – by Acha Leke , Musta Chironga , George Desvaux 

2. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy by Héctor García

3. Stop Doing That Sh*t: End Self-Sabotage and Demand Your Life Back (Unfu*k Yourself series) by Gary Bishop

4. The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success by Ross Douthat

5. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team By Patrick Lencioni (7/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary

6. Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (8/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary

7. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear (9/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary

8. The ABCs of Success: The Essential Principles from America’s Greatest Prosperity Teacher by Bob Proctor

9. No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity by John C. Maxwell

10. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership by John C. Maxwell

11. The Leader’s Greatest Return: Attracting, Developing, and Multiplying Leaders by John C. Maxwell

April 2020 – 9

  1. How to Lead When Your Boss Can’t (Or Won’t) by John C. Maxwell
  2. Put Your Dream to the Test: 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It by John C. Maxwell
  3. Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work by John Maxwell
  4. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (8/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  5. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin
  6. The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki (9/10): Print Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  7. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Bob Iger (9/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) Audiobook | Book Summary
  8. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch (7/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  9. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield ((7/10) : Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary

May 2020-8

  1. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by  Shunryu Suzuki  
  2. The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner (8/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  3. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (9/10): Print Kindle (eBook) Audiobook | Book Summary
  4. Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter by Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) (8/10): Print | Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  5. A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen (9/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  6. On Writing Well by William Zinsser (8/10): Print Kindle (eBook) | AudioBook | Book Summary
  7. The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness by Lolly Daskal (7/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  8. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey 

June 2020-6

  1. Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence (8/10): Print eBook (Kindle) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  2.  No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy
  3. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (9/10): Print | eBook(Kindle) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  4. Rising Strong by Brené Brown (8/10): Print | eBook (Kindle) Audiobook | Book Summary
  5. The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga (9/10) : Print | eBook (kindle) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  6. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker (9/10): Print | eBook (Kindle) Audiobook | Book Summary

July:7

  1. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy (9/10): Print | eBook(Kindle) Audiobook | Book Summary
  2. 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam (7/10): Print | Kindle (ebook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  3. The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde
  4. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (10/10): Print | Kindle | Audiobook | Book Summary
  5. The Power of Positive Leadership by Jon Gordon (7/10): Print | Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  6. I Will Teach You to Be Rich, No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works by Ramit Sethi 
  7. The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

August -9

  1. The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware (9/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) Audiobook | Book Summary
  2. She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey 
  3. The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker (9/10): Print | Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  4. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter (9/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  5. Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried
  6. Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game by Mark Miller (7/10): Print | Kindle(eBook) Audiobook | Book Summary
  7. Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo (8/10): Print | eBook (Kindle) Audiobook | Book Summary
  8. How Life Imitates Chess by Garry Kasparov (8/10): Print | eBook (Kindle) Audiobook | Book Summary
  9. Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell (9/10): Print | Kindle (eBook) Audiobook | Book Summary

September- 6


1.Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (9/10): Print | Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
2. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb. Print | Kindle(eBook) Audiobook | Book Summary
3. The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime! by MJ DeMarco. Print Kindle (eBook) Audiobook | Book Summary
4. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Wash. (9/10) Print | Kindle (eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
5. Made In America by Sam Walton. (9/10) : Print Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
6. Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg. Print Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary

October-7

  1. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier. (9/10): Print | Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  2. The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind by Jonah Berger. (9/10): Print | Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  3. The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes by David Robson (8/10): Print | Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  4. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin.(8/10): Print | Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  5. Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald’s by Ray Kroc. Print | Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  6. Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion by Gary Chapman. (8/10): Print Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary
  7. Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder by Chip Conley. (8/10): Print | Kindle(eBook) | Audiobook | Book Summary

November -6

December -4

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