I read over 60 books last year, some were fiction for a change but the rest were personal development type of books.
I also did a few courses…
The year before I read over 40 (can’t remember the exact amount)
And guess how much of this information I had applied…
Information is useless if we don’t apply it.
It just goes into the back burner and then forgotten.
What a waste.
So today’s principle is to apply something you learn everyday.
It’s simple really so I as well as you need to apply it.
(I’ve already slowed down my reading this year so I can apply more and be more productive.)
We don’t become virtuous by reading Epictetus or Seneca, We need to practice – Massimo Pigliucci
Practice, Practice, Practice that’s all we’re doing, all day every day,
The question is what are you practising?
Are you practising what you said you would or are you practising talking or quitting…
Talking about how you’re going to do this and how your going to do that Or quitting this because it didn’t work the first time
Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage the first time he performed, did he quit… no, He practised
They are the lively hood of any tech gadget, any video game and anything in the digital world.
Operating systems are always changing, improving and innovating, That’s why you probably throw out your phone every 12-18 months to upgrade it for the fancier version…
If a tech company introduced a new device with a poor operating system that was difficult to use the company would go bust, Becuase nobody wants a poor slow device…
Yet we function on an operating system too and most often in today’s day and ages our Operating systems are far from supersmooth and reliable,
Yet even me whos writing this at this moment in time I have a dull aching pain running from my hip to part of my lower back because I have neglected to improve or fix the glitch in my operating system.
The question is
Why are we quick to improve our gadgets but not ourselves?
Why are we quick to offer other people advice on how to improve theirs but we don’t follow our own advise?
Mistakes are great, we learn from them, we get valuable feedback from them and we can grow from them.
We don’t make enough of them though.
Not new ones anyway.
The mistakes we make are the same old ones, we make, weeks, months years ago…
They didn’t work then.. why would they work now?
We’re just scared of trying something new.
Eventually, the time that was not spent on learning skills will catch up with you, and the fall will be painful. Robert Greene
There was this one time not so long ago when an old work colleague, Saw me reading,
He was like “ah I’ve never really got into that” (reading) and then spent the next hour’s car journey playing some candy crush game on his phone…
A couple of weeks later after mismanagement from the company messing up the rota we were threatened with disciplinary if we didn’t come in on the Saturday because they were short-staffed.
I refused but my colleague went in.
The difference, I could afford to get fired, Simply by putting into practice the knowledge and skills I’ve learnt over the years from what I’ve read.
Even if you don’t want to be like me and have multiple companies you can still learn skills that will make you a better (unsackable) employee.
Linchpin by Seth Godin – Would be a good place to start.
The world is unpredictable, shit happens but the skills you learn, You’ve got them till you die…
Use your time wisely