How often have you finished a book and tucked it away on your bookshelf? Or how often have you borrowed a book, read it, and returned it?
There’s a difference between reading and living a book. Most of us simply read books. And that’s a good thing because you can read hundreds of books, but you can only live a handful.
But why would you even live a book? And what does it mean to live a book?
When you live a book, you make the philosophy of the book your own. You use the ideas in the book as a way of life. I first learned about this idea this year when I read Philosophy As A Way Of Life by Pierre Hadot.
How do you get a raise? How do you get good at networking? How do you sell your products? How do you convince people of something you believe in?
These are all questions I’ve thought about throughout my career. And I’ve learned that no matter how productive or good you are, it means nothing without persuasion skills.
Because what’s an artist without an audience? Or a leader without a following?
I always try to learn more about persuasion because it’s a topic you can never know enough about. Plus, it’s something you apply every single day during the conversations you have, emails you send, and calls you have.
Episode 15 of The Darius Foroux show features an audio version of my article about career mistakes. Believe me, I’ve made a lot of unnecessary mistakes. Unnecessary because these are mistakes I could have easily avoided if I learned more from other people’s mistakes. Enjoy!
And in case you’d like to read along, I’ve posted the full article below.