Habits of Successful People: Learn, improve, read daily


"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." Ronald E. Osborn

I must say that until a few months ago, I had seriously neglected this habit. If you have children, you know that as wonderful and special as they are, they are a black hole of time and energy. Over the very short span of my son's life, I have been falling into bed exhausted, my bedside books slowly collecting dust. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg was one of those books collecting dust. I would open it up at night and attempt to read a chapter and not even be able to get through a single paragraph. This went on for a year when one day, sick of listening to the same old songs on the radio, I had the idea to make better use of my idle time in the car and purchased the audio version of the book. Since then, I have been able to "read" several fascinating books while commuting including: The Obstacle is the Way, The Richest Man in Babylon, and The Talent Code. The ability to learn new things each day while I commute has sparked in me a greater desire to learn. It sounds corny, but this small change has lead to a huge adjustment in my thinking and outlook on life. I'm sure that it doesn't hurt that all of the books so far have been self-improvement based books. I was laughing with my spouse the other day that my 20-year old self would have never believed it if she knew that I would be reading philosophy nightly. Reading the book the Obstacle is the Way made me want to learn more about Stoicism. I was discussing my fascination with the Stoics at the gym not too long ago and a few days after that one of my clients was kind enough to bring me The Art of Living by Epictetus (Thanks again Fred!). It's the perfect book for me to read nightly, as it is compiled of small reflections by Epictetus relating to one's outlook on life, people, and events you may encounter. Each night I read a reflection and think about ways that I can apply it to events or instances in my life. It is a meditation of a sort, and I have found it amazing that a man who lived in 100AD can still share philosophy that is useful in today's world. Your homework for this week is to look for ways to learn and improve daily. If you have stopped reading, I challenge you to start reading again.  If you are as busy as I am, feel free to steal my methods of getting reading in.  If you already read, I challenge you to start reading things that make you passionate about your life!

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