It was only a few years ago that I realized how important reading books were. Back then, I thought reading was only for school, and that I was better than that. Man, was I wrong about that! If you are not currently an active reader, I suggest you start right away, and here’s why: There’s nothing you want to do with your life that has not been done by someone else. Everything you want to do has been done by someone in the past, and everything you think about has been thought about by someone. It has been documented, in the form of books. Don’t try and re-invent the wheel, you can’t do it and it’s just going to waste your time. Period. It’s like trying to cook an amazing dish with no ingredients.
“When you’re green, your growing. When you’re ripe, you rot.”
― Ray A. Kroc
The more I read, the more I realized how little I knew. The more I learn the clearer I see how things work in life. Imagine you are in a dark room with a flashlight. The spotlight you see is your reality and what you currently know. As you continue to read and learn, the brighter the spotlight gets, and the more you start to see. Then you start to realize that you are not even in a room, you are in an open space, free for you to explore. Once you see something, it cannot be unseen. Keep learning, and you realize how little you knew in the past. The flashlight you once had is now an orb of light that shines in all directions.
Unfortunately, most people today only have a flashlight, so focused on their day to day routine not learning anything new.
“Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Day by day, and at the end of the day-if you live long enough-like most people, you will get out of life what you deserve.”
― Charles T. Munger