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The Unlimited Power At Hand


You are not unique. Your aspirations are not unique, your desires are not unique, neither your challenges or problems are unique.

Feeling too normal? Too ordinary? Typical? Do you find this to be a bad thing?

Bollocks, this is great! This is the best possible scenario for your life.

Why?

Because for all of your aspirations, challenges, and desires, there is, mandatory, one person that has already gone through what you are going through at any given moment in your life and will happily tell you how he managed it and found a solution. Plus, he or she is highly intelligent and experienced and has the best possible answers you are looking for.

I’m talking about books, of course, about reading. Books are your unlimited power at hand.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” 
― Charles W. Eliot

It might seem obvious, everyone knows that books teach anything you need or want to know.

But why?! Why! Why! Do people read so little?!

Infographic: Which countries read the most? | Statista

This chart shows the highest reading countries in the world. Can’t find your country? Well, you are not in the first 30 so you need to read more!

According to the World CultureScore, people read on average 4 books per year. The number is inflated by people who read a lot, the truth is that people read less than a book a year or no books at all.

Everyone has problems, everyone has desires, everyone has aspirations. And most importantly, everyone is going to die. This alone should be a reason to, as Seneca said, get busy living.

The highest earning population has the highest ratio of books per year as well. Reading books, is good, is just good, is too good in fact. There isn’t one single point that contradicts this fact.

“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.” 
― Seneca

One thing is to read a quote from Seneca or one of my articles about him, another completely, utterly different is to read The Letters to Lucilious from Seneca. Reading that book opens your mind and eyes to a world that has always been there but that you were blind to see. The same is true for all the great books.

Books enrich our lives and make it not just easier but grandiose.

“You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire” 
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Your life will not last forever. You are not immortal.

But You Do Are Unique

I was just kidding. People may have the same problems, aspirations and challenges that you have. But you have a unique combination of them. No one in the world experiences the life that you are experiencing right now, so in that sense, you are truly unique.

With this uniqueness, you are in for a ride no one else will have, why not make it as interesting and rich as can be?

Achieve this through reading.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this great video from Max Joseph so you can learn how to read more, enjoy books more and read faster as well.

a  great complement to this read: Of Progress

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5 Comments

  • this os not correct. 4 books in the year it is Okay reading. Also, Albanians, Croatins, bosnians, slovinens, and more Balkan contries read a lot. you can tell in their way of the speache thay make and they like to talk and to debate and beeng challenged in their filosofical thinking. Saying this, meaning that the reading dose this to you, not the only knolage you gained, human like to express their salf on having conversations, smart conversation with others. Probably you read some stoicism books but did you realy understod what it is about, what was a reason this form of thing is brought up for? I can tell how much you read and how much you knowledge have and how you understend the concepts of enything you read, during the conversation or blogging like yourself. yes blogging based in your research you just did.

    • That’s great Gunga, I’m sure the statistics do not show all the aspects about readers around the world, I just wanted to make a point on the importance of reading. I’m not trying to sound smart or say that I’ve read a lot, I just wanted to put the topic on the table. Glad you read the article though, see you around!

  • Thanks for the article. I basically stopped reading when I was about 14 years old and only started again about one year ago. The difference it makes in my life is insane. Instead of wasting my time on video games (which I still do, but in a more healthy manner) I cannot get enough of reading. I think your article really describes the feeling well that I have when I read and learn new things. However I found that reading fast takes away from this feeling in my experience. I used to buy audiobooks instead of physical ones so I could turn up the speed because I just wanted a high throughput of books and ideas. Over the time I experienced that reading is much more enriching for me if I read a boom carefully and take notes instead of sprinting through it.

    • Hey Timo. Reading does change perspective a lot, doesn’t it? Glad you are back on it. I also love video games haha, moderation is everything you are right. About reading fast, I think the same, personally, I love Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings so whenever I’m reading those I like to read slowly and emerge myself as much as I can in the experience. But, when I’m reading marketing or business or something else that will help me but that I need to get through fast, I use the faster reading methods, it depends on my needs at the moment. Anyways, see you around!

  • I am surprised that Norway isn’t on the list. Personally I have discovered the audio books. It is great doing something boring and at the same time listen to a good book.😊👍

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