At The Collier Companies we have a long tradition of Book Clubs which typically read 3 or 4 books a year. Which is good and yet in a world that is constantly changing, that just keeps you current, barely abreast with the tide of innovation and transformation that is sweeping the world in ever faster waves.
To actually ADVANCE v. staying in place, you must do more. I tell those who wish to move up to consider a targeted book a month to be a minimum. 10 or 15 pages a day, a quarter hour less social media, will do it. However, your reading should have a structure, a plan; you need to have written goals for all your major life roles with action plans and target dates for each and your reading should support those goals.
All too many SAY they want success, SAY they want to grow, SAY they want to make the most of themselves… but ask them for details, ask them what specific steps they have taken, ask them what definitive, concrete plans they have… the responses get mushy, vague, and fuzzy.
If you REALLY want it, if you want it BAD, whatever it is… then you will have crystal clear goals and solid plans to achieve them.
“Passion is a laser beam. If you can get a handle on that energy, you can use it to light the way forward and burn through obstacles. That’s the power of desire.” – Danielle LaPorte, ‘The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with a Soul’
“Successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The successful people don’t always like these things themselves; they just get on and do them.” – William Makepeace Thackeray, 1811-1863, ‘Vanity Fair’
“Very few persons, comparatively, know how to Desire with sufficient intensity. They do not know what it is to feel and manifest that intense, eager, longing, craving, insistent, demanding, ravenous DESIRE which is akin to the persistent, insistent, ardent, overwhelming desire of the drowning man for a breath of air; of the shipwrecked or desert-lost man for a drink of water; of the famished man for bread and meat.” – Robert Collier, 1885-1950
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier