When I first started on my path of understanding and improving myself, I was lost.
I came from a horrible relationship, abusing my body in more ways than one, unsatisfied with my lack of goals, and more generally, my entire life.
I had no real plan.
I started to read. I hated reading in the past, but something inside me picked up this book. I didn’t know it then, but my life was going to change drastically from that moment on.
I finished it in a week. Then I moved on to the next, and the next. I began reading voraciously.
I learned so much about myself. The more I read, the more I wanted to improve and develop.
Reading is something that many of us rarely do or maybe I need to hang out with more people that read. But if even if you’re reading this right now, you’re considered to have a ‘dying’ habit.
I have advocated many different habits in the past—exercising, meditating, journaling—but I can tell you nothing, absolutely nothing, has made a larger impact in my life than reading.
Reading injects fresh new perspectives into our lives. It makes us more worldly, knowledgeable and sharp.
When I began reading, I noticed my life changed drastically every six months.
Every six months, I was a different person.
Every six months, I reevaluated my life, my perspectives, and my ideas and built more on top of what existed. I crafted a stronger version of myself with each book I read.
How can your life change?
People love to learn.
The more knowledgeable I became, the more I spread knowledge.
When you teach someone something, you start connecting on a deeper level. Beyond small talk about the weather, when you grant someone knowledge, the feeling you receive in return is unheard of.
Connection is formed through deep conversations. The more you know, the deeper you can go.
I connected with someone after reading Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl. I shared what I learned, only to find out that his grandfather was also in a concentration camp.
For the next half hour, we had a deep intense conversation about struggles, purpose, and life.
The more you read, depending on what you read, the more you learn about your own capabilities, strengths and weaknesses.
The more you learn about yourself, the more you are able to alter, cut, and repeat. Reading granted me permission to question my purpose and choices.
Without first understanding ourselves, how can we truly change what we are? Reading illuminates the goal at the very end, but the path you take to the end is solely your responsibility.
When I finished Choose Yourself by James Altucher, my mind was blown. Here was a book that changed myself because it forced me to ask questions of myself that I’ve never considered.
James Altucher talks about writing ten ideas a day on any topic you like. It’s a matter of sitting down and coming up with as many as possible.
It seems pretty easy right?
It’s painstakingly hard. And when you start, your ideas will be hot liquid garbage. But they slowly get better.
The more you read, the sharper your mind becomes. You start to combine things and ideas that were never combined before creating your own unique thing.
You begin to pursue an idea. Or maybe you can share your ideas. Either route produces dramatic changes in your life.
I just exited out of the hot liquid garbage phase and seeing my ideas become progressively better has changed my life.
After reading Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, I began brainstorming ideas for possible books, videos and PDFs that I could release to add more value in peoples’ lives.
I’ve started that journey and soon, because of reading and ten ideas, I’m slightly closer to my purpose.
What if I can’t find a book I like?
According to Google’s ‘advanced algorithms’ there are 129,864,880 published books in the world right now, not including PDFs, audio books and self-published books.
I have a feeling that we can all find at least one to connect to.
In the end, I’m going to continue reading. It has added unsurpassed value to my life and as long as I continue, I will be stronger with each half year.
How you choose to live your life is ultimately up to you. This was my experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.