Why I Read

November 19, 2013

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time — none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren Buffett reads – at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.”
– Charlie Munger

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Summary:

Hated reading. Refused to read. Life sucked.

Serendipitous events led me to dip my toes gently into reading. Now I’m addicted. Only way to succeed is to read.

Results: I don’t work anymore. I have more money. I’m not “rich” but I am free. Free to do whatever I want whenever I want. I’m searching for a way to make that permanent. I’m way happier & mind is completely rewired to be positive.

Life Before Reading:

I used to HAAAATE reading.

It’s just so boring.

And school has a way of forcing us to read books we could care less about. I rarely read, which were reflected in my barely average grades.

That all changed around 2007. I was 26yrs old & miserable + it was getting worse. Life was whooping my ass.

I had high expectations for a great life and none of those were being met. In every category of my life.

I was getting fatter, didn’t have money, living at home, stuck at a bad job & not dating. Worse yet, my mind was super negative & self hating.

(Jim Rohn – How not to be stupid, broke, sick & ugly)

Reading History:

Pre 2004: NONE

2004-2007: Think n grow rich, win friends & influence people, rich dad poor dad, tony robbins

2007: Hated reading, so started listening to audiobooks. Mostly about dating & making money.

2008: Making money, dating & new age (slowly started buying actual bks)

2009: Making money, new age

2010: Making money, new age, weight loss

2011: Had idea to read bks recommended by my heroes (ie: phil jackson)

2012: Book buying binge

2013: Everything. Buying 100s of books, ebooks & audio. Have more bks than I could ever read rest of my life. Eyes hungrier than stomach!

A Few Life Changing Moments:

2004: At a college drunken party, I was sitting there miserable. A stranger approached me and asked if I had ever read Rich Dad Poor Dad. I said no. He gave me his copy. I read it that night, drunk, in one sitting. Game change.

b: Heard Tony Robbins say: “If you want to achieve success, all you need to do is find a way to model those who have already succeeded.” Never knew that was an option.

2007: Discovered David DeAngelo dating stuff. I thought learning to date would solve my problems. Best part was David D always mentioned tons of great books in his seminars.

b. Saw a video tour of his apartment, which was stacked with 1000s? of books (seed planted for modeling his success).

c. A rich relative showed me his secret room full of success books & audio.

2008: Took a dating bootcamp. During the event, my teacher told me to read Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss & to start journaling to stop my negative thought loop. Those two recs were 100% life changing.

b: During the bootcamp, another student told me to contact this dude in Chicago. The dude in Chicago told me to read: The Moses Code, The Secret & Happier Than God. I didn’t, for a long time. Discovered new age, law of attraction & spirituality stuff that changed my life for the better.

2010?: Found a successful dude’s website that said he’s read 800+ books & it completely changed his life. Made a mental note to ramp up my book game.

2012: Figured out Warren Buffett reads 7hrs+ A DAY, EVERY DAY.

2013: Decided to buy every great book I can even if I don’t read it today. Discovered amazon sells used books for $0.01 + $3.99 ship = $4!

So Why Do I Read?

Desperation.

I read because I have to. Life was unbearable, none of the shortcuts were working & reading was the last resort.

I was a ship without a sail until some random things changed my destiny.

Had desires I wanted (needed):

1. To make money so that I can be free. Free from controlling parents & bosses.

2. To lose weight.

3. To date high quality women = which meant I have to be a high quality man.

These selfish goals led me to great discoveries about myself & the world.

Lost count but I’m probably 400+ books/audio/seminars/etc in. Maybe more. I’m as surprised by this as anyone.

I wish it was easier, but it’s not. The more I read, the more I realize how much of a n00b I am. I still have a long way to go but I’m happier than ever before.

It is possible to go from nonreader to super reader. If someone as slow & stubborn as me can do it, you surely will have an easier time.

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.
Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.
Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom”
– Jim Rohn