“For all the productivity and success advice I’ve read, shaped and marketed for dozens of authors in the last decade, I’ve never really seen someone come out and say: find yourself a spouse who complements and supports you and makes you better.” — Ryan Holiday
When it comes to success, we live in a very individualized culture that likes to emphasize the importance of being independent and self-reliant.
These beliefs are especially very common within relationships. You grow up hearing all the time that you shouldn’t emotionally depend on other people and that you’re in charge of your own happiness.
I know, I know.
You love taking hot showers.
It feels good. It’s relaxing. It washes away the stress.
And, after a long day full of responsibilities, it can be just the right thing that turns your day around and makes it a whole lot better.
I get it.
I feel the same way.
But you want to know something interesting? The only benefit of taking a hot shower is that it feels good. Other than that, hot showers do nothing for you.
This is why I’ve completely stopped taking hot showers and I’ve started taking cold showers instead.
I have bad news for you:
No matter who you are, whether you’re Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, or the late Steve Jobs, you only have 24 hours in a day. And if you sleep for about 8 hours every night (which you should!), then you actually only have 16 hours in a day.
Converted into minutes, this mean you only have about 1,000 minutes a day to spend however you like. That’s it. Just 1,000 minutes.
Because of this, you need to learn how to properly manage your time in order to have enough time for what’s truly important to…
What do Seth Godin, Pablo Picasso, and Johann Sebastian Bach all have in common? Yes, they’re all uber-successful. But they’re also all extremely prolific.
Seth Godin, for example, has authored 20+ books in his life, all of which have been bestsellers. And despite his busy schedule, he’s still been able to find time to write one new blog post a day for the last 10+ years.
The great artist Pablo Picasso has been estimated to have created somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 works of art in his lifetime. That’s around 1–3 new works of art a day.
Similarly, composer Johann…
I talk to myself a lot.
And I don’t mean only in the privacy of my own home. Instead, I talk to myself when I’m exercising, when I’m playing a game of chess, and when I’m writing articles like this one. And no, I’m not crazy!
According to Dr. Jessica Nicolosi: “Talking to ourselves is completely within the norm.”
Dr. Carla Marie Manly says the same thing: “Research shows that talking to yourself is not at all ‘crazy’ and that, in fact, it is a normal human behavior.”
So you see? Incessantly talking to yourself isn’t just for crazy people…
Throughout my entire life, I’ve been fortunate enough to have read 100’s of books written by people who are a lot more successful than I am.
People like Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, billionaire investor Charlie Munger, Founding Father Ben Franklin, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, modern-day Stoic Ryan Holiday, and many more.
This has exposed me to thousands of new insights and practical ideas for living a better life. And let me tell you something…
I’ve happily stolen and applied every single piece of advice these people have kindly given away in their books.
Whether it’s building better…
Reading truly is the habit of the highly successful.
Mark Cuban, for example, reads 3+ hours a day. Bill Gates reads one book a week. And billionaire investor David Rubenstein reads 6 books a week.
Successful people read a lot because books compress a lifetime’s worth of someone’s most impactful knowledge into a format that requires only a few hours of your time.
Unfortunately, most books cost more than people are willing to pay for them.
This is why I made a list of 3 books under $9 that will surely change your life.
These books will provide you with…
Are you a nonfiction book reader?
Yes? Then you’ve definitely experienced this before…
You read the first chapter of a book and you think it’s amazing.
You’re captivated. You’re interested. You’re motivated to read more. In fact, you’re already telling everyone you know about the book and that they should read it too.
But then the author spends the next 15 chapters using different stories to explain the same idea from chapter 1.
What you thought was an amazing book is now getting repetitive and stale.
You’re starting to feel bored. You’re no longer engaged. …
If you could pick any superpower in the world to have, which superpower would you choose?
When Bill Gates and Warren Buffett were asked this question, Gates answered,
“Being able to read super fast.”
Interestingly, Warren Buffett said the same thing, adding,
“I’ve probably wasted 10 years reading slowly.”
This is amazing!
Two of the richest people in the world agree that if they could have only one superpower, they both wish they could read faster.
Why? Because information is the most valuable commodity out there. …
Somebody once asked Warren Buffett about his secret to success. Buffett simply pointed to a stack of books and said:
“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will.”
Early in his career, Buffett would actually read 800 pages a day, not 500. Even now, he still reads for about 8 hours a day.
How does he do it? Easy. He makes reading a priority in his life.
And you know what? He’s not the only one.