From the productivity master himself...
I wrote yesterday about how reading books not only put me on this path of following my dreams and consistently being happy but it got me through some shitty times.
When I'm growing my mindset and feeding myself with the words of people far more successful than me and a lot farther in life than I am, I know that I'm doing the right thing.
Books are like the string between what you want to be and what you are right now. They are what can take you from a 6 to a 10, they can fuel your life into this tremendous beautiful reality.
I know it's a habit and that it's not for everyone but if you aren't reading books you're missing out on so much knowledge that can literally change your life forever. You're missing out on the thoughts and ideas that made an average Joe into a billionaire. You're starving your mind of new insights that could change everything for you.
I've had a few people say to me, "I wish I knew what you know when I was your age."
I take a serious pride in that. I didn't start out this way. I've read a lot and tested out a lot to figure out what it is I want to do with my life and I wouldn't trade any of it for a million dollars.
By reading books you're exposing yourself to other people's mistakes and their insights. That means that you don't have to make the same mistakes because you know where that's going to lead you. You get to skip over awful times and manifest beautiful, positive times.
And incase you needed more convincing:
As a millennial generation we are seeing it. We are taking notice that magnificent fame and money doesn't actually bring everyone happiness. People can still be completely depressed even when it seems that they have it all-and just like Tony discusses in this video you can look at Robin Williams as an example.
We have to find that fulfillment within ourselves and it's hard and scary because we are the only ones who can do this. Our parents can't, our grandparents can't, our friends, our significant other, will never be able to find that for us. It's our own personal journey to find out what makes us tick and in turn find out what is going to make our life worth living.
If I won the lottery today for 1 billion dollars and didn't have to work a day in my life I would become depressed. Yes I get it-that sounds downright stupid. But it's true. And it's probably true for you too-as humans we aren't made to sit around and do nothing. We need fulfillment. We need purpose. Without it there's nothing that fills us, our lives become dark, and we create an unrealistic reality that the world is completely against us.
It's our job right now in our twenties to figure out our passions and to spark the passion of our lives. This will create an INCREDIBLE domino effect on the world and the next coming generations. If we as a generation can pull of being passionate about our lives by doing the dirty work right now (finding your passion, following your dreams, overcoming our fears of success) we could change humanity. That would be an entire generation that teaches our children that passion and purpose are the number one priority. Imagine the rate of depression, divorce, disease, etc. that would decrease if this was our generation's mindset and then our children's mindset and so on and so on?
Today we are meant to learn. Learn from others who have been creating purpose and passion in their lives for years, spreading kindness, and being observant about the patterns of our lives.
As always, I invite all of my subscribers to email me in regards to finding their own purpose and passion, or to talk to somebody on the same journey as them. The light in me is really just your light reflecting off of me and back to you ;).
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