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Taking Responsibility For Your Growth in 2022



Building a community of people who want to live life intentionally, love people genuinely, and ladle out their substance to their community is sharply synonymous with building a community of people who value personal growth. To fully realize the potential of radically intentional people who live every day with a sense of purpose and pursuit, it is inevitable that such a community embraces personal development. While living a fulfilled life dedicated to service might mean different things to different people, it is a known fact that we cannot give what we do not possess.


This is why I get excited when I see an opportunity for personal enhancement and usually itch to share with everyone. Given that this is a community where we do life together, I have decided to share what I will be doing for personal enhancement this year.


Mr. Adeyemi (my husband) has collaborated with me in compiling a list of twelve books to read for 2022, and each book got me super stoked to the extent of being impatient for the year to start! There was a sense of confusion about what book to read first as the year grew closer. To mitigate this rather elegant problem, we will be picking each book per month by random selection.


Blink, a book written by the author of The Tipping Point was the random selection for January. Here is the list of our 2022 personal development library in no particular order:

  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Zikora by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

  • Will by Will Smith

  • The Book You Wished Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki

  • The Visit by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

  • The Art of Happiness by Howard C. Cutler and Delai Lama

  • Dear Ijeawele--A feminist Manifesto by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

  • The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keeler

Like mentoring, I believe reading is like standing on an author's shoulder so we can see even farther than them. It is the invaluable art of combining your already rich perspective with another to create a richer mind.


Considering that most of us barely have time to read, I suggest going through these books via audiobook. Furthermore, allocate some time to research each book, or curate your own 2022 library. Despite what you decide, I hope you invest in your growth this year so that you can live, love, and ladle as you go!




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