One piece of wisdom that I was a little late grabbing on to, was the value of reading the books, and more importantly, the right books. Books that are telling you what to do to become what you want to become. Books written by people who have accomplished what you want to accomplish.
This is so logical, and so obvious, I have no idea why I didn’t really grasp this concept earlier, and why most of the world isn’t really doing this. Most people are reading imaginary stories about people that never existed and things that never took place. Or worse, they read one book about a subject, and think that’s the truth and now they know it all.
People do read some of “the right stuff” too, but they forget to apply the knowledge in their life, which of course, is the hard part. My best advice to avoid information overload and output underload is to write down everything you really like in the book, and make a direct plan on how to apply the mindsets. That’s what’s working for me as long as I stay disciplined.
The reason why you should read more than one book in a subject is that most books aren’t exactly 100% correct, and many of the best books are a bit outdated, as they are older. Reading a variety of books on the same subject will give you a better perspective and see what they all have in common. It’s not that the information in one book is not valid, but they just contain pieces of golden nuggets that you have to pick up and apply, experiment with, and add in your library of thoughts and mindsets worth saving.
I really hate reading, I want things to go fast, and better, being able to do several things at once. So in my case, listening to audiobooks works much better. I often spend most of my flights, walks or beach moments listening to something that my mind is currently stuck on. If you’re like me, I’ll add links to the audiobooks on YouTube below.
I’m going to mention 4 books that I really believe is worth reading/listening to. Of course you can listen to other books, and also watch videos on Youtube or find the knowledge through other channels. The important thing is that you make sure you are getting a steady flow of new ideas and knowledge.
I’ll give some quick notes on them, but I’m not going to write long book reviews. I think it would be hard for me to summarize the tremendous value these books offers into a few pages. Read them and let me know what you think.
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
There are things I don’t agree with, and it’s a very old book (published 1910), so some of the messages here isn’t very relevant today. However, the main concept is golden, and has been preached by many, however, this book managed to captivate the best explanations. The main concept is mainly, think about what you do want, not what you don’t want. Simple in theory, harder to actually apply.
- Do only things that you enjoy, or that are productive: “You will get rich in the most satisfactory way if you do that which you want to do. Doing what you want to do in life is essential, and there is no satisfaction in living if we are compelled to be forever doing something which we do not like to do, or can never do what we want to do.”
- Learn to think the way you want to think: “A person’s way of doing things is the direct result of the way he thinks about things. To do things in a way you want to do them, you will have to acquire the ability to think the way you want to think; this is first step toward getting rich. To think what you think to think is to think truth, regardless of appearances. Every individual has the natural and inherent power to think what he wants to think, but it requires far more effort to do so than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by appearances. To think according to appearance is easy; to think truth regardless of appearance is laborious, and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work a person is called upon to perform.”
- The world is not free from flaws, but help as far as your part goes: “True, there may be a good many things in existing conditions which are disagreeable, but what is the use of studying them when they are certainly passing away and when the study of them only tends to slow their passing and keep them with us? Why give time and attention to things which are being removed by evolutionary growth when you can hasten their removal only by promoting the evolutionary growth as far as your part of it goes?
The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
I don’t fully agree with some concepts. I have no intention of only working 4 hours per week, because working for me, is mostly pleasure, and not something that needs to be avoided. Apart from that, everything else that Mr Tim Ferris is writing about is highly amazing and will help to to develop a more simplistic and enjoyable life, no matter if you are an employee or business owner.
- The actionable choice is the best one: “Action might not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”
- A boring job is the worst trap: “Most people who avoid quitting their jobs entertain the thought that the job will improve with time or with an increased income. This is a tempting hallucination that occurs when a job is boring or uninspiring, instead of being pure hell. Pure hell forces action, but anything less than this can be endured with enough rationalization.”
- Too much idle time or money alone will not create happiness: “Too much, too many, and too often of what you want becomes what you don’t want.”
Shortness of Life – Seneca
This is an old book and is harder to deeply understand the first time, but it’s short, and definitely worth re-reading a few times. It gives you some concept on the value of time, and delves into life philosophy in many ways.
- They spend their life organizing their life: “Can anything be more idiotic than certain people who boast of their foresight? They keep themselves officiously preoccupied in order to improve their lives; they spend their lives in organizing their lives. They direct their purposes with an eye to a distant future. But putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future.”
- Future is not to be feared or longed for: “Everyone hurries his life on and suffers from a yearning for the future and a weariness of the present. But he who bestows all of his time on his own needs, who plans out every day as if it were his last, neither longs for nor fears the morrow.”
- Life doesn’t start at retirement: “After my fiftieth year I shall retire into leisure, my sixtieth year shall release me from public duties.” And what guarantee, pray, have you that your life will last longer? Who will suffer your course to be just as you plan it? Are you not ashamed to reserve for yourself only the remnant of life, and to set apart for wisdom only that time which cannot be devoted to any business? How late it is to begin to live just when we must cease to live! What foolish forgetfulness of mortality to postpone wholesome plans to the fiftieth and sixtieth year, and to intend to begin life at a point to which few have attained!”
Think Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The same concept as Science of Getting Rich. But this book about more in-depth and explains how certain people got success in their lives. Long book, almost 11 hours. The value this book gives is much worth it though.
- Mindset matters most: “Life’s battle do not always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later, the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.”
- Taking a chance increases the chance: “The person who takes no chances, generally has to take what’s left only after others are done choosing.”
- Stay focused on what you want: “Have you learned to ignore your troubles by being too busy to be annoyed by them?”