Those who know me realize I have been on a mission of absorbing as much “knowledge” as possible over the past years. This year thus far I can notch no less than 60 books to that list. The tilt has been on the following subjects:
1. Business / entrepreneurial.
2. Self improvement / motivational
4. Physical culture
The summary is this-
1.Do not overload oneself with reading everything on given topics.
2.System overload is REAL
3. Reading bests watching BUT DOING TRUMPS ALL.
4. Pick a thought leader/ writer/ influencer and immerse oneself. The Stoics even wrote of too much reading and nit enough applying.
The greatest PREMIUM we have access to ( we all do) is TIME. VERY LIMITED/ FIXED – the challenge is to maximize Time efficiency. As in:
1. Dedication of a percentage of time to pursuing career aspirations.
2. Time slotted to pursuit of Experiences- travel, play, hobby whatever that looks like for you. Mastery of experiences. This is critical in the grand scheme of happiness and life fulfilled.
3. Family & Friends- this is a tricky one because in some ways this can be a guilty hinderence. The key is to identify who/ what matter most and make time for those people. There are simply some that want to directly or indirectly keep you static ( which is in fact dragging you backwards). This is probably the most difficult area of personal exploration but also very important. You cannot see or please everyone. You should not expose yourself to those with agendas conflicting towards yours dreams. Make time for what matters and do not guilt over trying to be everything to everyone.
4.creating work balance – it should be obvious from the items listed below that balance is critical.
5. Daily time for (3) things that will ultimately make life more enjoyable
1. Daily reading of Philosiphy – I prefer the Stoics Epictetus, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius however that is entirely up to you
2. Writing/ Blogging- as Seth Godin plainly states – blogging daily is one of the best things we creatively can do. Just start a WordPress page and rant , ramble- matter. Who knows what it will lead to. If you prefer writing just set a time to be alone with your thoughts and write.
3. Meditate / unplug- I am type A however I see the absolute value in clearing the dry erase board of my mind. I am not great at it but dedicated to making improvements
For me as I stare at my book shelves and my desk here are the texts that are in my Backpack – Go to list.
1. Tim Ferriss- the 4 hour work week ( expanded) – this is the one book that changed me. I suggest Tims Blog and podcast strongly
2. Seth Godin- anything/ everything Seth writes but for this post I’ll say TRIBES, also Seths blog is awesome- subscribe 😊
3. Peter Diamandis- BOLD- it’s business/ entrepreneur and leadership but conciousness and enlightenment. It is really eye opening – ABUNDANCE is something I am reading and encourage anyone to read to open awareness to a world view of living.
4. Seneca/ Epictetus/ Marcus Aurelius / St Paul- all stoic because for me the key understanding has been dealing with the reality of life.
So that’s a wrap for today! Talk to you all soon