I started the year with the goal of reading 300+ books in an attempt to gain more perspective from minds smarter than mine. Today marks the completion of the 37th book, and I'm already bored.
Don't get me wrong. Suze Orman's Laws of Money is amazing. Not only a treasure trove of knowledge, but practical applications and exercises for a layman and wall street mogul to understand alike. For me though, there's only one problem.
I've heard it all before.
It's funny how so many successful people say the same things, and how we continue to not listen. Like a child ignoring a parents advice, we hear the lessons of life over and over with hindsight being 20/20. Things like:
- never invest in things you don't understand
- leasing a car is the most expensive way to operate a vehicle (by a LOT, by the way)
- be grateful for what you have, not what you had
- and my personal favorite: change comes from within, not from Obama.
Ok, that last one was mine, but I've read many flavors of it from many authors. Like Brendon Burchard, "Only two things change your life: either something new comes into your life, or something new comes out of YOU." Or even Mahatma Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Personally, I've noticed these books changing me in subtle ways. I've been killing all my stupid debt (college loans, car, etc). I've been dramatically changing my perspective on life from pessimism to optimism; negativity to positivity; an attitude of gratitude. All of these I've been told over and over for nearly two decades. Actually following them for the past two months has doubled by income, gained me an awesome relationship, given me the freedom to enjoy life on my terms, and given me me the power to see myself as a man for the first time in my life.
So what is something you've heard from others, or even told yourself many times, that you should be doing but are avoiding? Investing? Call your parents more? Pay off that credit card? Even as simple as clean your room? Meditate?