How often have you said, “I’ve done a good enough job,” and moved on?
If you’re like me, that’s the story of your life. It started when I was in school. I didn’t care about my grades. I just wanted to finish something and move on.
I always said, “no one cares about your grades.” And I believed that in “real life” no looks at your report cards from ages ago. And in fact, it’s true. Other than my parents, no one has ever looked at my grades — not from high school, and not from college.
Out of all the different ways to learn, books remain my favorite way to absorb knowledge. I especially like practical books with the knowledge that you can immediately apply to your life.
What I like about books is that I can read them by myself, in silence. It’s me and the author, one on one, having a conversation in my mind.
In the beginning of this year, I shared my system for reading 100 books a year. It was interesting to see how many people saw it as a challenge. But there were also many skeptics.
- Why would you read so much?
- This guy is full of shit.
- There’s no way I can do that.
Think about what you want. Reading changes people. And fortunately, many people in this world read a lot. That’s a good thing.
I strongly believe that reading, and educating yourself, is the answer to a better life. And ultimately, freedom. Nelson Mandela said it best:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Out of all the books I’ve read, I have a small number of favorite books. I always keep them on my desk.
Do the emails, that pile up in your inbox, give you stress? Well, you’re not the only one. Many of us HATE email and can never get to inbox zero. And at the same time, we also can’t live without it.
Why do we hate email? You know, sometimes you get an email that just shoots up all your stress, anxiety, and overall nervousness levels. Shit like “URGENT” or “NEEDS SOLUTION” really creeps me out.
I love all caps, but mostly in a sarcastic way, and not in a “do this right now or I will go ape shit on you” way.
And then there’s all the junk email that just clutters your inbox. Check out what someone sent me the other day:
When you go to bed at night, are you excited to wake up the next morning? Is there something you can’t wait for?
For the past three years or so, I’ve asked myself that question many nights. And often, I had nothing to be excited about. Those days were not special. They were like the day before.
It’s the opposite of big days like your first day at a new job, the first time you go on a holiday with your girlfriend/boyfriend, getting your diploma, signing a big deal; you name it.
Those things are nice and all. But most days of your life are the same. Do you know that feeling? You look back, and time seems to blend. You can’t separate days from each other. There’s a real danger in that feeling.
Because the next step is that you can’t separate the weeks from each other. That is what happens when every day is the same. And after a while, you stop noticing many things. You just go with it.