In 2015, I’ve read exactly 109 books (I use Goodreads to keep count). This is 104 books more than in 2014. Why the dramatic increase?
1) Life is short
2) Knowledge improves your life
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
― Harry S. Truman
For the most part of my life, I’ve been a habitual procrastinator. When I had my first summer job at age 16, I did everything to not work. I had an inside sales job at a telecom company and I had to sell mobile contracts to clients.
A common misconception is that employers always reward good work. Unfortunately, asking for a raise isn’t as simple as, “I’ve done X and Y, so I think I deserve a raise.” When you put it like that, you will likely hear an excuse like, “there is no budget.”
More importantly, asking for a raise makes most of us feel uncomfortable. How do even ask the question? How do you prepare? What do you do when your boss says no?
When physical harm is looming, our natural response is to run. It’s human nature — we either fight or flee. Most of us choose to flee— I would surely run if a wild animal would charge at me. But I also found that our fear mechanism kicks in when we face emotional challenges.
When most people are turned down for a job, they just apply for another one. You’ve prepared extensively and went through every scenario in your head. But what if you had an off day? What do you do if you are turned down for your dream job?
Casey Neistat has been internet famous for years, but his rise to YouTube stardom accelerated this year when he started making short films every day. Casey is a YouTuber, filmmaker, entrepreneur, producer, and many other things. But most of all, he is a storyteller (and motivational speaker in disguise).