How often do you read? It is often said that the person you will be in 5 years depends on who you meet and the books you read. I agree with that and try everyday to read even if it is just a few pages. Sometimes, that reading is books, sometimes it is online articles and posts, but I try to learn something everyday.
Most of the books I read are from the public library so I take notes (if you want to know how I take notes, here is a post that explains how I read a book) My goal each week is to take one idea, one takeaway, from the books I read and apply that concept in my life and business. The number of concepts I gather from each book varies but there is always at least one. Some are just interesting quotes or passages but a few are actionable ideas.
Today I am going to discuss a takeaway idea from the book Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur by Ryan Blair. Ryan Blair is the CEO of ViSalus and a New York Times best selling author. His story takes him from the depths of poverty to the height of success and all the bumps along the way. Ryan talks about his good moments, his not so good moments, and what he has learned.
Takeaway #1 from Nothing to Lose, Everything to gain
This takeaway is from page 47,
The only differences between you today and a year from now are the people you know and what you have learned
This idea is one of my favorites and is not unique to this book. It is restated in the first paragraph of this post. I’m not sure who first said this quote, but regardless, it is great advice.
Our lives are focused on social interactions and revolve around relationships. Imagine how different your life would be if you had not met that special someone. Haven’t met them yet? How different would your life be if you did. Each friendship we share touches our lives. We are changed, for better or worse, by the people we let in to our lives.
Don’t forget about knowledge. Learning even one tiny, key piece of information can vault us from average to extraordinary. Races are won by fractions of seconds. One little bit of information can make the difference between a scientist and a Nobel Prize winner. Sure, we learn stuff everyday, but if there is no focus to the learning, a year from now you are basically the same person. Great if that is all you want to be, but I know you want more.
Both people and knowledge are important; one is nearly useless without the other. You can be the smartest person in the world but if you have no one to share it with, life is only a series of days that are often meaningless. Without knowledge, we may have fun but we make no progress. Sure, there are people to share our successes but without knowledge, there are not successes. In the end, we are only changed by those important people around us and the skills we have taken the time and focus to learn and practice.
If you haven’t read it yet, Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain by Ryan Blair is a great book and I highly suggest that you put it on your reading list. Remember, just one idea can change your life.
What are you doing to make your business great?