The following excerpt is the conclusion to the book, How Proust Can Change Your Life." I found this rather insightful and compelling. It most certainly lends a strong point to the idea of putting to action what you actually read.
“It is one of the great and wonderful characteristics of good books…that for the author they may be called “conclusions” but for the reader “incitements”…That is the value of reading and also its inadequacy. To make it into a discipline is to give too large a role to what is only an incitement. Reading is on the threshold of the spiritual life; it can introduce us to it: it does not constitute it. Even the finest books deserve to be thrown aside.”
How Proust Can Change Your Life
by Alain de Botton
Very often, we all read things and come across good ideas, but we hesitate to take action -- sometimes indefinitely. Be sure that you heed Alain de Botton's wise words and listen to great words from great books, but let that be the beginning, not the ending.