Anybody who knows me understands that I am a bookaholic. I love books. I read them, write them, buy them, review them, collect them, give them, and more. My world would not exist without books. That said, I am wondering if they are all they are cracked up to be.
I was just in Ohio visiting family. I poked around the dusty boxes of books still in my parent’s basement and found copies of books I didn’t and still don’t recall reading.
I picked up a paperback edition of Napoleon Hill’s classic self-help book, Think and Grow Rich. Apparently I bought it in 1976. I don’t remember reading it. The book has a few underlined sentences. It looks read.
The thing is, if I read that book in 1976, I either missed something or didn’t apply something. I was broke for the next ten years or more. Maybe I just didn’t think enough to get rich while I read it.
I’m not saying this to suddenly be against books. I think you can learn the wisdom of the universe from books. But there’s reading, there’s understanding, and there’s implementation. I don’t think I understood Hill’s book in 1976. I don’t think I implemented it, either.
We learn faster when we have a coach, mentor, educator; someone to help us understand the material and then guide us as we take action and get feedback.
Yes, you can read the book and get results. I’m told more people have become millionaires from Think and Grow Rich than any other book ever written. But that doesn’t mean the process is automatic. I think we need guidance.
There are exceptions to every rule. I taught myself writing. I did it with books. But I read, studied, and implemented every single thing I came across in those books.
Yes, read Think and Grow Rich.
Yes, read Attract Money Now.
But also do something to integrate what you read.
Consider forming a study group or mastermind.
Or maybe get a Miracles Coach and really turbocharge your life and career.
I’ll never be against books. But I do think you have to become one with a book to really understand it. Had I done that in 1976, I might have been far happier, healthier and wealthier at an earlier age.
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