I’m in a period of reading a lot. Well, I always read a lot, but currently I’m both reading fiction and “self-help” books. Why I put quotation mark around self-help? It’s because I think that term has kind of a negative weight to it, because there’s too much self-help crap out there. What I’m reading is more personal stories with some advice thrown into them.
Two weeks ago I finished James Altucher‘s very interesting “I Was Blind But Now I See” and now I’m reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. I’ve also purchased The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson after a heavy recommendation from @kreelanwarrior’s blog. So I’m up to do some more reading!
Or actually listening, because I decided to go for the audio book version of both The 4-Hour Workweek and The Slight Edge.
Starting with The 4-Hour Workweek it really takes all the notions of being an office man and dissolves them. Life is about being challenged, entertained, it’s about positive stress not negative stress and Tim Ferriss is very convincing in selling that notion. He has a record to prove it too.
The 4-Hour Workweek is also about sales/entrepreneurship and making enough money and time(!) to be able to do the things you really like. Learn a language, try skydiving, take a pilot certificate or whatever your heart desires and what I like about the book is that the focus is more on time than the actual sum you earn.
Because it’s all about time isn’t it? Time is money and money is time. But it takes so much time and effort to make money that we have no time to actually use it for something! This is exactly what Ferriss is getting at in The 4-Hour Workweek.
Coincidentally (or not) this is also what James Altucher gets at in “I Was Blind But Now I See” or at least in a slightly different angle. Althucher focuses on eliminating negative energy in your life, meaning stress, crappy people who upset you and troublesome thoughts in worries. The great thing with Altucher’s book is his honesty as he’s using plenty of his own failures and mishaps as examples in illustrating how not to do things and also to explain how he came to the conclusions in the book.
Altucher is also a skilled and humorous writer which makes “I Was Blind But Now I See” a fast, entertaining and illuminating read.
I’ve really understood that reading these kind of books really inspire you in to better yourself, remove negative energy from your life, and figure out what you REALLY want to do. Even if you have heard the concepts or ideas before or they sometimes sound self-explanatory it’s just great to be able to hear it from someone else and to be reminded of what life is and how life can be.
In the end it all boils down to:
Life is short, so why not make it great?