What I’m Reading:
Charlie “Tremendous” Jones has been attributed with one of my favorite quotes:
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for two things, the people you meet and the books you read.”
These days I think you can also add blogs and podcasts underneath books, but the principle is the same. When you finish your normal 9-5 (do jobs with these hours still exist?!?!?), do you go home and turn on the TV and space out to The Bachelor, or The Voice, or whatever new show is based in Chicago? On your way to work, do you listen to sports radio or play games on your phone while riding public transportation? There is nothing inherently wrong with these things, but if they are not directly tied to the industry that you work in, then you could be wasting valuable time.
Did you know there are podcasts that help you learn new languages that are just 15 minutes per episode? Did you know there are blogs that can help you create passive income in order for you escape the corporate grind and become an entrepreneur? Did you know there are books out there about…everything.
Make the best use of your time each day to read or listen to something that will make you a different, better, or more educated person in five years. I’ll share what I’m reading and listening to myself. Jump on the bandwagon with what I’m reading or use it as a springboard to find your own passions.
Currently Reading: Ali: A Life by Jonathan EIG
Muhammad Ali had a fascinating life. He knew from a very young age that he would “shake up the world,” and pursued that end with a dedication few others have matched. He was embroiled in the revolution of African Americans in sports, the Civil Rights movement, and the Vietnam War protests all while rising to top of his sport at the young age of twenty-two. He lived a life from which we can all derive inspiration, whether you loved or hated him. If you want to see what dedication to be the best at something looks like, check out this monster book. If the 500+ pages intimidates you, just do your own research on Ali. As long as you make sure it is from a reputable source, you will be in for a treat.