If you look at all of the most successful people, they all do one thing constantly: read.
Someone somewhere told me:
“I’ve never met a rich person without a library, and never met a poor person without a TV.”
If you think about people like a machine or a computer, how you think is the software, running constantly in the background.
It’s the code that processes how you make decisions:
Go to the gym?
YES or NO.
Go to the bar and spend this month’s rent?
YES or NO.
You’re born with a certain kind of programming built in. When you first started going to school, you were able to change the code.
You learned what math was, and how it could solve your problems.
When you get older, you learn more things, until you either graduate or are kicked out.
Why do we stop adjusting our code?
Why do we accept that when we’re out of school, we have all the answers?
Have you (right now, reading these words) reached the pinnacle of human knowledge?
Is there a question that could change the course of your life even 1 degree better?
1% is all it takes to get make huge improvements in your world. Get 1% better today and tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that…
It doesn’t seem that way to most people who haven’t worked to improve themselves, because most people expect life to radically change:
Suddenly, I was rich!
Improvement isn’t an event.
It’s a process.
Will Smith said it well:
“You don’t try to build a wall. You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say ‘I’m gonna lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid,’ and you do that every single day, and soon you have a wall.”
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
Read just one book. One you know you should have read by now.
Like “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.
Or listen to it below while you go for a run.
Either way, take a bite of that elephant.
Until next time,