Graham and I have started a book club (it currently has, and probably henceforth will have, only two members). Side-note: we are huge geeks....well, technically I am a nerd and he is a geek, but whatever.
This month we have been reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It is about the resistance that each person faces in life. Every time we hear a little voice (which is usually more clear in childhood than at any other point in life) that says "I want to do this" or "I want to be this" another voice kicks in and says "You can't."
You cannot be a writer, no one would want to read what you have to say. You cannot get your PhD, you didn't even get good grades in highschool. You cannot be an artist, get your head out of the clouds and be responsible. The trouble is...you can. Thinking that you can't is just resistance. So go out and do something today that scares you, the amount of fear you feel about doing something is a good indicator of how important it is to you.
For next month we are thinking A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Any other suggestions? The only requirement is that it is a piece of fiction, as this book club of ours alternates fiction and non-fiction...how impartial of us.