5. A new library of books: What you put in is what you put out. Imagine a garden hose for a moment. Now one end is screwed onto a water tap, and the other end has been left open. When you turn on the tap on one end, eventually, water flows out the other end. Now imagine of you had screwed the hose to the back of a sewage truck, and turned on the tap. What’s going to flow out of the other end? Precisely. Not to over-simplify the human experience down to being a garden hose, but it gets the point across. What we put into our minds is what we get out of our experience. You speak English because you were taught English; you would speak Mandarin if you were taught Mandarin. What you put in is what you put out.
i. On my Books and Resources page, I have a number of suggested readings that will help to expand the level of your awareness on a number of subjects. Read the books that you like. Read the books that are in-tune with your future lifestyle.
ii. Caveat: Although fictional books may be part of your library, spend most of your focus on non-fiction. Read the biographies or autobiographies of people who have excelled in the things that interest you. Reading about vampires may help you improve your vocabulary, but it does not help you understand how to take a minimum 6 vacations a year. Sir Richard Branson will give you that answer. Read the life stories of people who have laid down the path ahead of you; it will make it easier to follow in their footsteps.
i. Wisdom of the world, available at your fingertips. My mentors collectively have spend millions of dollars on their own self education. I can then buy a book they have written with their new insights for $10 – $20. Wow.
ii. Buy the books, create the library. In the homes of wealthy people, you will always find a …. library. Wisdom of the world, available at your fingertips.