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Did you ever struggle with assigned reading in school? I sure did. I never felt interested in the topics, and I would do just enough to get by in my classes. School was really hard for me, and grades were a means to an end. I had to attend tutoring, so I always assumed I was a poor student and just couldn’t read well. I’ll admit I looked at quite a few CliffsNotes in those days. It wasn’t until I got to law school that I realized it was the topics that had been the problem, not my learning ability. I discovered that I love reading law books. It was a complete turnaround for me, as I’d always struggled to finish a book in high school. Reading a work of fiction? I found it very challenging. But learning about the law and what I needed to know to become a lawyer? That was awesome. Law was — and still is — my passion. It’s a subject I can lose myself in and always want to know more about. As a student, you have to know the rules of the law, forward and backward. I reveled in the opportunity to learn a subject so thoroughly. I had finally found my passion, and it’s led me to discover something in me I never thought possible: a love of reading. These days, I still read law books to keep my mind in shape. I also love reading other people’s personal, true-life stories. My favorite books are biographies, self-help books, and law books. Believe it or not, I hardly ever read fiction. I enjoy reading about true people who’ve had universal experiences, those who’ve struggled through hardships and still keep working to pursue their passion. Right now, I’m reading a few new books and rereading some old favorites. One of my favorites is “Courtroom Cowboy: The Life of Legal Trailblazer Jim Beasley.” When I stumbled upon this book, the story of the way he became a lawyer really resonated with me. It’s a fantastic read. Beasley came from a humble background and was a bus driver until, one day, he decided to turn his future around. He went to law school and became an advocate for the voiceless. Throughout his career, Beasley stood up for the underdog and fought ceaselessly to win their cases. AN UNEXPECTED PASSION WHAT’S IN A BOOK?
I love reading books like this because it gives me insight on how someone goes all-in. There’s no halfway. When you are pursuing a passion, you’re either all-in or not in at all. Law is my passion, and I put everything I have into it. The next book up on my list? “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek. It’s all about how leaders inspire others to take action and find purpose behind what they do. I’m looking forward to diving in. If you’ve read it, let me know what you think! Reading, like any activity, takes practice. If you’re under the impression that reading is not for you, think again. Maybe you just haven’t found the right fit yet. With so many great books in the world, it’s worth it to find one that sparks your passion.
If you’re looking for some recommendations, I’m always happy to talk about books. I’d wager there’s one out there for you.
Until next time,
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