Daily Blog #243
I actually remember the last time that I picked up a book. Oddly enough, it was on another plane ride. Only this time, my family and I were on our way to look at houses in Salt Lake City, Utah, a place where we would soon call home. Well, for six months anyhow. It was the summer of 2015, and the book was American Sniper.
Yep, up until two weeks ago, that was the last time that I read a book. Actually, looking back over the last three years, not only was that the last book that I read, but I haven’t even read a chapter since then. It’s not that I don’t know how to read. I just never really found a desire or a passion for reading.
READING MY FIRST BOOK IN 3 YEARS
For some reason, I just had this itch. This itch to find a good book and get lost in it. But I didn’t want any random book. I wanted a book that was actually going to provide me with some value in life. A book from somebody that knew what they were talking about, and a book that was going to help me in achieving my dreams.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. A book that helps you to escape the 9-5, live anywhere in the world, and join the new rich. Over four hundred pages of pure awesomeness on how to live the life of your dreams while only working 4 hours a week.
Oh damn, over four hundred pages. I remember picking up the book and wondering why in the world did I buy this. There was no chance that I was going to finish this book. Four hundred pages? I hadn’t read more than twenty pages in the last three years combined, why would I read four hundred!
WHY I DECIDED TO READ MY FIRST BOOK IN 3 YEARS
Eight grueling hours on a plane. This isn’t even including the layovers in the airports, the taxing on the runway, or the overnight stay in a hotel. This is only counting the eight hours that I was going to spend in the air, high above the ground.
Knowing me, I can only do the same activity for so long before starting to slowly pull my hair out. I could blog on the airplane, I could watch movies on the airplane, but I knew that if I didn’t find something else, I would absolutely lose my sh*t. It came down to the last resort.
Aren’t writers supposed to enjoy reading in their spare time? Shouldn’t bloggers be reading the stories of those who support them? These were the questions that ultimately motivated me enough to even contemplate buying a book. Plus, what if I learned something? Would if I could pick up on the habits of others, and learn how to improve in someway. Ok, now that’s a done deal.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM READING MY FIRST BOOK IN 3 YEARS
You know how I said I was hoping to learn something from reading? Well dang, believe it or not, I actually learned a lot. I learned that no matter what it is that we want to accomplish in life, it can be done. Whether you want to be a professional athlete, a business owner, or someone who travels the world while outsourcing all of their business, it can be done. It has all been done before. And in the rarity that something has not been accomplished, why not set out to be the first person to do so. There are millions of ways to achieve any dream that you might have. It all simply comes down to how hard you are willing to work for those dreams.
I also learned that I actually enjoy reading. I picked up what was probably the thickest book that I have ever read not expecting to even get through the first chapter. But I was definitely not expecting that thick book to be the book that I finished in the least amount of time… like ever. Since then, I have ordered four additional book, and have not been able to put them down since. There is just something that I have enjoyed about getting lost in the worlds, and being able to visualize the book in my head. I never thought I would say this, but it’s kind of cool.
CHECK IT OUT
If you are someone who is looking to start a business, venture out in the world, or even just learn some valuable work related skills, I honestly can’t recommend Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek enough. This is coming from someone who never used to read. Had I have bought any other book, I dare say I would have lost interest.
What are some good books that you have read recently? Feel free to leave some suggestions.
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