For the past few years I’ve been heavily immersed in personal and self development knowledge and teachings. Looking back, it’s sort of funny because I’m not quite sure how I got so far down this rabbit hole. It wasn’t much of a conscious choice of, “Where’s all the self development books at? I need to get my hands on them.” Haha. It’s been more of a slow and gradual process of trying to further align my life and improve myself with health, wealth, happiness and love.
What I’m reading now is completely different than what led me down this road. Today I am currently absorbing “Practicing the Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, “Six Pillars of Self Esteem” by Nathaniel Branden as well as anything by Peter Voogd because that guy spouts some serious fire in relation to entrepreneurial and wealth success.
I didn’t start of reading these sort of cliche self help books though. I think the first non fiction books I dove into were related to starting a freelance graphic design business. I recall flipping through that book during my breaks as a lifeguard at my local pool growing up. I believe my next progression was to a book that dealt with interviews of different Art Directors and design studios and advertising agencies. Funny enough this was years before the Mad Men craze. But I digress…
During college I was all about how to make money online, how to make passive income, how to get rich with the internet. While it wasn’t books so much it was interviews, podcasts, audios and articles on the newest way to strike it rich.
I’m not exactly sure how it worked out but I know I became aware of some of the biggest mentors of my life. I started reading things by Grant Cardone, Tai Lopez, Peter Voogd, Dane Maxwell, Ramit Sethi, James Altucher, shoot this list could get long! One of the best ways I know of to find people worth a damn has been through Twitter. I would follow a few people, then I’d see articles re-tweeted or suggested profiles and one thing would lead to another. I just followed the breadcrumbs if you will.
I currently have an Amazon wishlist of over 150 books that I want to read that range from Biographies, Auto-Biographies, self help, business, leadership, philosophy, social dynamics, psychology and on and on. For now though I need to focus on consuming content that is in alignment with my goals of being the best entrepreneur I can be, finding the best customers to serve and serving my clients like an All Star.
My self development journey hasn’t been one that was perfectly mapped out or planned. I tried to get as much information as I could for the topic I wanted to learn more about and went to the next book or jumped to a slightly different topic.
I guess the point of all this rambling is to convey that I’ve been working hard to get my mind right. I’ve looked to others for the lessons from their failures and I’ve looked to others for the lessons they have learned from their mentors.
It’s a lot easier to attain success when you’re able to stand on the shoulders of giants and by getting my mind right with these super star mentors, the people years ahead of me, I’m able to get there quicker. And you are too!
What do you want to learn more about? What area do you want to achieve mastery in?
Seek out books on that topic, seek out the best people in that industry and see what people or teachings they point you to.
There’s a wealth of knowledge out there.
Get your mind right and absorb all that you possibly can!