With 10 days to go until my birthday, I wanted to share 10 tips that have made my first 25 years on this earth amazing. I’m sure you will disagree with some if not all, but I hope you find at least one tip that makes your life a bit easier or more enjoyable.
I am certain that some of are looking at this post skeptically. You’re probably wondering what gives me the right to write a post where I delve out advice. Really, the only qualifier I have for writing something like this is simple: I’m happy.
I’ll be 26 soon, and while I have a long way to go, I am quite happy in my personal and professional life.
The last three years have been especially volatile. In that time frame I went from graduating college, being unemployed, borrowing money from my sister to go out, drinking heavily, moving to the bay area, working for a hot startup and finally overseeing a whole region for said startup.
It’s been wild. Along this roller coaster ride, I took note of shortcuts or rules, if you will that made my progress easier or more enjoyable. A lot of these I learned by playing with fire and get burned. So my hope is that you skip the baptism.
The first, on the first, after the jump.
#1 Always Be Reading.
Whenever someone tells me that their bored, my first reply is always to tell them to read a fucking book. Actually, even if they’re not bored, they should read a fucking book.
Reading, and I mean real reading, not that 50 Shades crap, has so many benefits. It makes you smarter, more articulate, more creative and a host of other “mores”.
Where else are you going to get that many benefits and that much return, for only, like $25 tops?
Ever since college, I’ve made my credo to always carry a book with me. Whether it’s at the train, the bathroom or in between meetings, I always have my nose down in lit.
I owe Barnes and Noble a shit ton of money. There was a period where I was so broke, that I couldn’t afford to buy books. So I would go to the Barnes and Noble on McHenry, pick up a book and read it until my eyes got tired. If I could, I’d finish it in one sitting. But more often than not, I’d mark the page and come back later that day or the following day.
I was obsessed with learning, reading and doing. And there is no better tool than a book. In it’s magical pages you see someone’s history, struggle advice and insight.
To this day, I still read like I’m broke.
Also, reading helps you get prepared. Now, I am not saying that reading is a substitute for experience, but getting a basic understanding of a new field or a new idea will do wonders and set you up to succeed.
Even in my broke days, I read like I was going to be CEO. While I am still a ways away from that, a lot of my professional success thus far has come from reading and implementing what I’ve learned.
Reading should become a part of you. It should be something that if you skip, you feel horrible about.
Ryan Holiday sums it up the best “Reading must become as natural as eating and breathing to you. It’s not something you do because you feel like it, but because it’s a reflex, a default.”
So, what have you read lately?