Always carry a book with you

According to one of the largest surveys conducted in the US, where data was taken from around the world, the average human being is likely to spend 4 years going to and from the workplace, 3 years opening spam emails and another 6 years in one. or the other queue (either online or physical), waiting their turn. This added up to the initial 13 years of your life!

Now, assuming that the average lifespan of an individual is 80 years, half of which (i.e. 40 years) is spent doing obligatory activities of life like sleeping, etc., what that effectively means is that he is spending approximately 1/3 of his life (13 of the 40 productive years available) in an absolutely unproductive way. When I first heard this, I was shocked. Later, I realized that this is not surprising at all. It has been a known fact for centuries that success lies in knowing those finer aspects of life, which go unnoticed by any average human being.

We learned a lot about the success of such “little” things in life in one of our previous posts: Big things will happen if we do the little things right.

Keeping these amazing facts in mind, one of the simplest and yet most powerful time management strategies you can implement is to always carry your favorite book with you, whether it’s a hard copy or an electronic copy on your palm top or favorite MP3 player. While others wait in line or in traffic and complain, you are hooked on the wisest knowledge available from around the world and directly feed your brain with the best possible ideas.

Abraham Lincoln once said:
Books serve to show a man that these original thoughts of his are not new at all.

That’s so true. Just imagine what kind of ideas books can give you. I have a habit of always having a book in my bag just for that extra unproductive time. I always have some MP3 audiobooks or motivational speeches on my mobile, which I listen to on the way to and from the office.

They already had a huge impact on my life. While going through my journey to financial freedom, I read over 500 books in less than 2 years (almost a book every day). I can’t tell you enough how much value this habit of reading books added to my trip. It’s kind of hard to explain, but I can say that these books helped me in every phase of my journey, from keeping my momentum to giving me new ideas and even inspiring me to write a book of my own (From Rat Race to Financial). Freedom). These stores of wisdom helped me whenever I was in a bind. Almost everything I accomplished on this journey is courtesy of these books I read. If you ever visit my house, I’ll be happy to show you a room full of books. I still feel like I need more.

As a famous old saying goes:
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

However, I hardly see many people used to reading good books after completing their formal education. On the other hand, all it takes is one great idea from a great book to transform your life or reshape your character. The success you have in your life will not be determined by how hard you work, but by how well you think. And what better source of ideas and thought patterns than a well-written book. The person you will be in 5 years will be determined by two main factors: the people you associate with and the books you read.

I remember playing badminton when I was 10 years old. I was just an average player. But whenever I had the opportunity to play with someone who was superior to me (in badminton skills), I always came up with those special spikes and dropshots that made me proud of my game. What changed when playing with a more skilled player? I was the same, my knowledge about the game was the same. It’s just that now he was involved with someone better than me. This participation improved my whole game. It is precisely the same thing that happens when you read books by the greatest minds around the world. You will see that your ability to think and generate ideas is renewed, and you will begin to rise to a whole new level of wisdom.

Many of the greatest sages and scholars on this planet are ready to share their profound knowledge and experience with you, through their books. Why not take advantage of this opportunity? It’s up to you to reach for the next book at your nearest bookstore and make a difference in your own life.

Nothing can do what a book can do. It takes you out of your life… into a whole new world, a whole new perspective. A book is like a dream that you borrow from a friend.

happy reading


Manoj Arora

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *