Daily Nugget of Gold 696
Developing the Love of Learning
“Mister Shoaff taught me that life puts some of the more valuable things on the high shelf so that you can’t get to them until you qualify; if you want the things on the high shelf, you must stand on the books you read. With every book you read, you get to stand a little higher.” – Jim Rohn
Do you love learning? Would you read more books if someone paid you a thousand dollars for each book on personal development that you read, understood, remembered, and applied? In fact, the pay is far greater than that- but since no one is standing right there with the paycheck in their hands, most of us shrug our shoulders and say things like, “I don’t have enough time for that.” or “I’m too busy.” Okay. Fine, Stop complaining about how little money you’re making then. Stop whining about how little the company pays. Quit your bellyaching about how bad the economy is, YOU don’t have the time to invest in YOU. “There’s your problem”, as Adam Savage would say in the Mythbusters.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford
Napoleon Hill spent his lifetime studying what made successful people successful. He was commissioned to do this work by none other than Andrew Carnegie the richest man in the world at the time. Do you suppose that reading Hill’s work on his life-long study, Think and Grow Rich, might possibly be of benefit to you if you wish to succeed? Maybe….if you read the book! If you bought it and put it on the bookshelf, would it be of help to you? Worse, if you ignored it, do you think it might cost you? You know it’s available on audiobook as well, don’t you? Yes, yes, we know… you’re too busy. Your favorite show is on in five minutes. You need some time to unwind. We understand.
Here’s what a truly busy guy said about being busy: “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” – Thomas A. Edison
Are you just “seeming” to be busy or are you actually busy working towards a fruitful outcome? You can sometimes fool others, you can sometimes even fool yourself, but only if you are already an expert at accepting your own excuses for not doing what you know you should be doing instead of wasting time by being “too busy” to grow.
“You have to judge a tree by the fruit it bears, not by the fruit it talks about” – Les Brown
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I read today to take me further?”
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