How do you deal with pain? What do you do if you lose everything in life? What should you do if someone is dishonest? If you lived in ancient Rome, you would turn to philosophers for answers. Now, you go to Ryan Holiday.
A lot has changed since then. We no longer have to fear widespread disease, or that war can break out at any moment.
The Western world has never been this safe. And, for the first time in history, we can be whatever we want in life. We have time, resources, and most importantly, access to information.
Do you really think you’ll be successful if you simply copy other people’s habits? If that was the case, success was easy. You’ll have more chances to become successful by simply avoiding the bad habits of unsuccessful people.
I never met a successful person until I was 24. I grew up in a working-class family—I was more around people who were the opposite.
The first successful person I met was an entrepreneur in his forties. When I started my first real business, he was one of my first clients. When I met him, he was slightly overweight, had more money than he could count, and was merry all the time.
Want to read more? And does your reading list keep growing? It might be time to cross more books from your list this year than ever.
If you’re reading less than you want, you’re not the only one. One year ago I looked at my Goodreads page and noticed that I had read only five books in 2014. That realization frustrated me.
Setting goals is a way of actively seeking out your ambitions. But before you start starting to chasing your dreams, start by defining your goals.
If you do not have goals, make them up. Everything is better than having no goals at all. Even if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, you have a goal: Find out what you want to do with your life.
Some people tell me: “I’m just not an ambitious person.” No one is born with ambition or predefined goals. Ambition is a conscious decision to pursue growth in life, through experience or achievement.