Early in my life, I chose to focus on those who had made it, those who had succeeded and contributed and were impacting people’s lives in a major way. I did so by reading biographies of successful people and learned that regardless of their background or condition, when they held on to their sense of certainty, and consistently contributed, success eventually came. I used their references as my own, forming the core belief that I could truly shape my own destiny.
Reading is one of the best disciplines you have to cultivate. Reading from a great book is really all about having a conversation with the author and we sincerely become our conversation. If you want to hang out with great men like Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Mahatma Gandhi, Napoleon Hill, mother Theresa, Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Donald Trump, Anthony Robbins, Robin Sharma, etc., just grab their books and start reading. Reading a book by someone you respect so much, allows some of their brilliance to rub on you. So never worry about investing money in buying good books but you can cut your expenses on food and on your rent. One idea discovered in a single book is capable of lifting you to a whole new level and revolutionize the way you see the world. So investing your time and money into good books is never a waste. Try to devote at least an hour a day to reading. Spend your evenings in it because reading shapes our thinking. Read across every subject that interests you. There is a saying that goes this way: “knowing how to read and not reading is almost the same as not knowing how to read”. So use books to flood your soul with hope and inspiration. Remember readers are leaders.
Books have the ability to take you to lands where you could meet unique people like Abraham Lincoln or Ralph Waldo Emerson whom you could utilize as your personal coaches. I also discovered that within the pages of books, I could find the answers to virtually any question I had.
Hence, limited references create a limited life. So if you want to expand your life, you must expand your references by pursuing ideas and experiences that couldn’t be a part of your life if you didn’t consciously seek them out. Remember, rarely does a good idea interrupt you; you must actively seek it. Empowering ideas and experiences must be pursued through the pages of great books.
Anthony Robbins said: “I’m always trying to expand and improve my references because I believe in the old computer term GIGO: Garbage in, Garbage out. Each day that we live, we’re taking in new information, ideas, concepts, experiences and sensations. We need to consciously stand guard at the doors of our minds to make sure that whatever we’re allowing to enter will cause our lives to be enriched, that the experiences we pursue will add to our stockpile of possibility.”
Remember, any limits that you have in your life are probably just the result of limited references. So, expand your references, and you’ll immediately expand your life.