It’s quite mandatory to listen to your teachers in school, in university and of course your parents. All of them make some amazing points on the subject of how to master life. Even if it means to learn what to not be like, they have something to teach us in one form or another.
What if your teacher could be Bill Gates? What if it could be Ghandi? Steve Jobs? Michael Jordan? Oprah? Marcus Aurelius? What if you could turn to their help with any question you have in mind. If you have a spiritual problem, you’ll get advice from Ghandi. If you need some tips on how to develop a killer work ethic, you’ll talk to Jordan. If you need some advice on how to start a business, you’ll hit up Steve Jobs. It’s totally doable and also very damn easy. A simple secret that many of us have totally forgotten or just overlook completely. It’s called reading. Mostly books and authobiographies, but other sources also help tremendously. I can’t mention the need for books enough if you want to be successful. Everything that those guys did, where did they learn it from, who were the influences for their actions and how to do it yourself is all written inside books. Books have an exceeding amount of knowledge. It may seem obvious to many people, but if you already know this, then why ain’t you reading? Is Facebook more important? Do you really need to look at some cat videos? Is it really such a big time investment that you have something better to do? Let’s be honest – it’s highly likely that you don’t. Most of us are just too damn lazy to be anything more than mediocre. Since you’re reading this book, then you’re on your way to becoming something more than most of us here on this planet. You actually want to be relevant and offer value. Trust me on this – you are fucking awesome for having those thoughts and being here, reading my blog!
In my experience, it’s really important to read the life stories of all those people who you find to be inspirational. Someone famous, who you would like to learn from, most likely has a book about himself, his journey and the struggle to get there. Even if it’s just one of their character traits that you desire, for an example confidence, my suggestion to you is to pick up their book and just start to navigate on this wonderful „walk of fame“. I can honestly say that I have learnt more from one book than watching movies for years. Sure, movies can be quite educational, but written literature is where the true knowledge lies. Nonetheless, there are movies that are better than many books and there are books that are better than many movies. My recommendation – do both. Watch movies. Read books. Both of them will fill eachothers blanks and begin to work on your brain cells to create wisdom.
„Why is it so important to learn from the great anyway? I do not want to be a technical genius or a professional sportsman.“ Maybe so, but the same principles apply to every profession you want to master. And working towards mastering something is essential in finding true happiness. The same work ethic and the same road. It’s just a different ball, but the same game. Michael Jordan for an example can teach you loads about self development and business while Steve Jobs cab inspire you to be even a fitness model. It does not matter what they did. It matters how they did it. What was their mindset? What did they sacrifice to get there? And in the end – was it worth it. They all have the same answer for it. Can you guess which one it is?
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am grateful to those teachers.”- Kahlil Gibran.
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
– Rocky Balbola (2006)
Oh and by the way, if you did not already know – my new book is out! 🙂