I’ve been spending too much time watching TV, spending time on YouTube, passively taking in information. But it’s information that’s not going to help me. I’m sure some of you can relate.
It’s why I’ve decided to cut out all the things that are providing me with superfluous entertainment value.
Sure, it’s easy to go on Instagram and spend half an hour looking at random memes and travel photos. But, I’m done with that. I want to focus on finding things that are both insightful and entertaining.
I don’t want to look back at my life and wish I would have used my time more consciously.
I want to be more productive. I want to use things that are going to help me grow as a person or at the very least grow my business.
The summer I made a deal with myself. I wanted to learn about business, so I was going to read at least one business book a week.
The importance of a new perspective
It’s hard to realize the importance of a book before you’ve read it. Sure, someone may have read it and say that it solved all their problems, but how do you know that it’s going to solve yours? You don’t. That book could be the best in the world or the worst. But of course, this is based on your opinion.
When you open a book, you’re never really sure what you’re going to find. Sure, the summary helps, but there’s so much more to a book than just the main parts.
What’s the author’s voice? Do they write in a way that is easy to understand? Will you be engaged with their writing style?
Think about it. There’s another person out there in the world, who took the time to write about what they knew. They thought that this information was important enough to share with the world.
This whole human was like you. They made mistakes and learned from them. They lived different lives.
And this is information that we shouldn’t ignore.
Would you like to make mistakes that could have been prevented? Of course not. Reading makes us aware of things that we didn’t even know were a problem.
Think about it this way. You’re starting a business and you don’t know what to do. Let’s face it, you’re bound to make hundreds, if not thousands, of mistakes. You’re at 0, you’re at nothing, but you want to the 10, in terms of success. How are you going to get there? If you start by taking advice from people who achieved that 10, you’ll probably get there a whole lot faster.
Ignoring their advice is one of the dumbest things that you could do, because they’ve been in your shoes and they know what they’re doing.
Here’s what I read
- Business Adventures
- Zero to One
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things
- How to Win Friends and Influence People
- The Personal MBA
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Here’s what I learned
Rich Dad, Poor Dad was by far my favorite out of the six that I read. The author wrote in a style that made it easy to stay engaged and I just really loved his real world examples.
That being said, I think that Zero to One, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and The Personal MBA were a little more helpful. They were more about how to be successful and how to run a good business and this was more what I was looking for.
A couple of the books were long reads in terms of how engaging they were, but I can’t say that I wasted my time. I would read any of them again if I needed to.
Here’s what I’m going to read next
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
- Shoe Dog
- Never Split the Difference
- How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter
- Hello, My Name Is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick
Reading makes things easier
Take the time to think about something that you’ve always want to do, but didn’t because you had no idea where to start.
Seriously, go ahead and do it. Yes, I’m talking to you.
For me personally, I used to feel a certain paralysis about what I didn’t know. I wanted to start a blog at one point, but I didn’t know how. Therefore, I ended up putting it off for a long time and I wish that I had started sooner.
I’m the type of person who tries out something new and keep trying until I perfected it. The problem for me comes with getting started. And a lot of the times not knowing where to start is the major roadblock. It’s absurd given how passionate I am about what I do.
But if anything, reading has helped me get over this.
Need to know how to install WordPress? I’ll read up on it until there’s practically no more new information for me to find. Need to know how to keep people engaged? I’ll keep reading until I’m bored of it all.
Of course, reading about how to do something is different from actually going out and doing it myself. But, it gives me a good idea of what to expect and where to start. Just enough so that I’m not completely lost in what I’m doing.
What are you waiting for?
Well, what waiting for? If you want to make money, read a book. If you want to run a business, read a book. Whatever you want to do, be willing to learn.
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