I have read and listened to hundreds of books. Most of them non-fiction. It wasn’t until today that I really understood why. The information is useful, they have real life applications. But to be honest most of what I learned from it worked like osmosis and has become a part of me. But it wasn’t until today that I really thought about why I like these types of books so much. The last few days I have been thinking about my place in the world and how others determine that in a large effect. Not that the crowd decides my fate but my interaction with the rest of humanity does. What I mean by that is the work I do, the interactions I have the value I give determines not only how people will remember me, but how people treat me. What does this have to do with books I read? Simple, I have in large part ignored the people around me, mostly because we don’t have much in common, like; ambition, love of art, and the desire to be or live different than everyone else. That is were books come in. I realize I feel like I have spent time with the authors. I know their stories and in some sense have learned their most valuable life lessons. I have walked with them on their journey and that is my problem. I have learned their lessons but haven’t applied them. I have enjoyed their stories but haven’t made my own. I have listened to people I will never meet or get to work with. I have settled for imaginary friends instead of making real ones. Today I was listening to Keith Ferrazzi’s book Who’s Got Your Back when this reality sunk in. To be clear it is not the first time I had realized I don’t have people in my life that would encourage me to grow that are not family. It was the first time that I realized I was living my life through other people’s experiences and not making any of my own.
So, what is my next step you might ask? To be honest, I am not sure. What I know is there are people out there doing cool things for a living. They are making things, they are enjoying their work, they are hustling and I want to join them. I want to help them succeed, I want to be pushed to get better. I intend to find or build a community of collaboration. I can no longer pretend that I am alone. thanks internet 😉