I think I’m like a lot of people in that I’ll discuss my ideas with those close to me and occasionally I’ll get a really good piece of advice. Again, like a lot of people, the story ends there. I’ve shared an idea, received some advice, and then do nothing with it.
The same could be said with a lot of the books I read. To me, reading is enjoyable. Given the choice of watching TV or reading, I’ll usually pick reading. And the vast majority of what I read is non-fiction books, typically business or self improvement related. And I tell myself that I’m reading these books for knowledge or to improve myself.
Do you want to know a secret? I, like a lot of other people I talk to, rarely EVER apply anything that I’ve learned from a book to real life.
And it’s not for lack of coming across ideas that could be applied to my life. If you look at the books I own you’ll see that most are highlighted (I love me some yellow highlighter). You’ll also see that it’s fairly common for me to underline important parts. And for those ideas that SCREAM AT ME because they ring so true in my ears I highlight, underline, AND put asterisks in the margins.
I do all that, but I still RARELY EVER apply anything I’ve learned from a book to my life.
However, this has started to change recently.
Since the beginning of 2011 I’ve listened to more than 100 interviews of successful entrepreneurs (links below to two great sites for interviews). And I’ve discovered that almost every single entrepreneur interviewed has a similar thread running from the beginning of their story to their present day success.
What is it? It’s simple really. So simple I’m afraid you’re going to over look the IMPACT it can and will have in YOUR life if you simply apply it.
Here it is:
That’s it. It sounds so simple. It might even look underwhelming (is that word? but please note I made it all caps to combat it’s underwhelming-ness). But without applying that little statement you will be like I was for so many years, dreaming your dreams but never acting on them.
This one little piece of advice, that I am doing my best to apply on a daily basis, is TRANSFORMING MY LIFE!
So you want to start a business? DO SOMETHING! Go sign up for your own blog. Go buy a domain. Go check out Free Agent Academy (link at bottom).
Want your business to stop floundering? DO SOMETHING! Revamp your website. Figure out how to reach more customers. Figure out where you’re overspending.
Want to find eternal significance to your life? DO SOMETHING! Pick up your Bible. Pray. Find a church to attend.
I’ll go so far as to say that in almost every instance where you want something in life, be it tangible, emotional, spiritual, the first is always going to be to DO SOMETHING!
Applying this one little piece of advice is completely transforming my life. And I believe it will do the same for you.
So please, DO SOMETHING!
(and then come back here and tell me and all the other readers all about it)