My home country of Romania is last in the European Union when it comes to reading books. The book market here is the stuff of nightmares for any writer.
What do these two sentences mean?
I shouldn’t be able to do what I do. I shouldn’t have attempted it. And I don’t think that you ever gave it a thought while reading my posts.
My parents never read a single thing I wrote because my words are foreign to them. They never read my stories or novels. Odds are, they never will. They never understood my dream of becoming a writer. Nor did they encourage it. But they also didn’t try to talk me out of it. Too often.
They say we are capable of experiencing millions of different mental states, yet we waste most of our life cycling through the same five or six of them.
There are around 200 countries in the world, yet one in five people never travel to another country. They also tend to die within a fifty-mile radius of where they were born.
The average person spends eight hours per day sleeping, six hours watching television, and more hours than I’d care to count rewatching the same movies and TV shows, reading the same books over and over again.
The average woman will kiss 15 men, enjoy two long-term relationships, and have her heartbroken twice before she finds someone she can settle with. The average woman will have seven sexual partners, while the average man ten.
“If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?”
Jobs asked this question in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. He told the audience that he looked in the mirror every morning and asked himself that question, and whenever the answer was “no” for many days in a row, he knew something had to change.
This simple habit reveals a person who was incredibly passionate, disciplined, a true visionary, one who wanted to conquer the world, no matter yet.
Looking at yourself in the mirror, asking a question we all dread means that you are ready to carpe diem, as the Romans used to say. You are ready to do live each day as if it were your last, because one day you’ll most certainly be right.
This brings us to the first lesson we can learn from the genius co-founder of Apple.
“If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
In November 2012, I could finally call myself a full-time blogger. I was earning anywhere between $100 and $800 per day, averaging an income of between $5,000 to $12,000 per month.
I felt invincible. I felt that there was nothing else I had to do. I had reached the top of the mountain.
I stopped reading other blogs with the goal of improving my own writing, or to be inspired. I stopped reading books. I stopped investing in my education. I stopped investing in myself.
That wasn’t a smart move.
You see, education, learning, knowledge — you lose it if you don’t improve it.
The world is changing at an accelerated pace: even if you’re on the road to success, you will get run over if you aren’t fast enough.
That’s what I didn’t get for most of my life. Education is not something you accumulate and will remain in your head forever. It’s the same as working out: you need to do it on a consistent basis in order to stay in shape.
If you can’t wait to get out college, so you never have to learn anything at all, I am sorry to tell you this, but all the years you’ve spent learning didn’t teach you much.
The more you learn, the more you earn.
The more skills you develop, the easier it is to adapt to an ever-changing economic environment.