Everybody wants something but not everyone gets what they want.
2016 was the best year of my life, not only was I able to put myself in a position that I always dreamed of being in but I learned more in those 365 days than I did in the first 23 years of my life. How? I read… I read and I read.. To be exact I read 52 books. BUT, WHY? I get that question all of the time, people ask me why I read so much?
Let me tell you, maybe it will inspire you.
First I don’t read Harry Potter or fiction (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I just like to acquire knowledge that will help me become the best person I can become.)
It’s simple. You ever wonder why somebody has a billion dollars? Or how the most successful people in the world got to where they are today. It’s because they know things. They live life a certain way, they developed habits that just about anybody can establish.
Imagine if you knew all of Warren Buffet’s investing secrets or Mark Cuban’s mindset when it comes to business or Arnold Schwarzenegger’s exact diet and exercise routine. You may not have the luxury of getting any of them on the phone but you certainly can pick up a book and read how they achieved prosperity in life. You may be surprised with how much information is out there.
Now take the person who is always broke and going nowhere in life, why are they living aimlessly, and attracting poverty. It’s a combination of ego and stubbornness. Be honest with yourself, if you’re not where you want to be, accept that and obtain the insight on how to be that person you always wanted to become. Everything you could ever want comes from learning.
You would think those with prosperity would listen the least and talk up a storm, but it’s quite the opposite. Billionaire Richard Branson puts it great “Listen more than you talk. Nobody learned anything by hearing them speak.” The people who have done the most speak the least.
Books, especially good ones, have the power to change your life, and serve as a guide, only if you let it. Once you embrace this truth, your humility deepens, because you know you don’t have all the answers, you and your world are not all of it. There’s something much bigger out there than Netflix and chill. It’s your job to find it.
So back to the question, why do I read? Because I want to succeed. I want more out of life. 9 to 5 on repeat was not made for me. I’m curious, success is like breathing, your last breath of air is not as nearly as important as your next.