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How To Make 2018 Your Best Year Ever!

BY: Andrew0 COMMENTS CATEGORY: Personal Development
  Now that Christmas is over, I wanted to share with you my secret to making 2018 the best year ever. Now 2017 was amazing and I am grateful for the opportunities my family and I had.  In fact, it was my best year so far, but I’m still committed to making 2018 even better.     So how am I going to achieve that? Sir Isaac Newton wrote: “If I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  So, do you know what I do? I go out and find some ‘giants’ to learn from.  Then I stand on their shoulders. And how do I do that?  Well, my secret, is I read books.  Lots of books.  In fact, I read one per day. I love Robin Sharma’s quote where he says “Ordinary people have big TV’s.  Extraordinary people have big libraries. And this is true.  Having been fortunate to have met some very successful people and visited their homes.  I found that their living rooms aren’t cluttered with the latest flat screen TV, it’s cluttered with books! Bill Gates, who I met 10 years ago, once said “I try to read about a book a week on average. Even when my schedule is out of control, I carve out time for reading. I believe that reading is one of the best investments that you can make.  Barack Obama, even whilst serving as the POTUS, read for an hour every day. They say that Warren Buffett invested 80% of his time in reading and thinking throughout his career. If it’s good enough for some of the smartest, busiest and wealthiest people in the world, why isn’t it part of your daily routine? They say that if you’re not growing, not moving forward, standing still, or simply treading water in your life, then you’re going backwards. The world is changing at such an alarming rate and if you’re not evolving and not keeping up, then your future is ultimately at risk. Reading contributes towards development and personal growth and I believe that growth is one of our six fundamental needs.  In fact, growth is so important in our lives that despite any success that we may enjoy, we will still not achieve fulfilment without it. I’ve already got a stack of books as my priority for Q1.  They range from The Book of John to Tim Ferriss’ latest book; from business to biographies, from personal development to classics that I want to re-read. And remember, you don’t need to read the book from cover to cover.  Simply apply the 80:20 rule, or if there’s a specific topic that you want to learn, then just read that bit.  Give yourself permission to read whatever you need. Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. So start reading today and watch your life grow!Posted in Personal Development