“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle.”
Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged
Last week, my 18-year-old son engaged in a passionate discussion with me. “Do you want to die one day knowing you never achieved your dreams?”
I don’t know about you, but I need to be shaken out of my reverie often enough.
If at first, you don’t succeed, maybe you need to change your strategy?
Coming to the point. He’s recommended me 2 books. The 5 am Club by Robin Sharma & Atomic Habits by James Clear that I pass on to you. I am listening to Atomic Habits on Librivox – a free online listening platform that is just fab. I do the dishes, head out for a walk, get into bed at night and turn on the book!
What These Books Taught Me
Changing a lifelong habit takes time. Adopting a new one needs consistent effort. An atom is the smallest unit of ordinary matter in our universe. And those are the small steps you need to take. One micro habit at a time.
The concept of born, innate talent as opposed to hard-working your way towards the results you need.
The 5 am Club prescribes how we can get stupendous amounts of work done in the small hours of the morning. It prescribes a morning routine that works for you.
At the end of the day, it’s about wanting to bring about change, wanting to achieve our dreams, but not losing confidence in ourselves, not losing focus or giving up … not losing belief in ourselves – & learning how to switch from the ‘I can’t’ philosophy to ‘I can’!
It is amazing how young people can remind you how you used to dream, used to think you can move mountains, be the hero of your life & then … adulthood takes over.
Listen to the young voice inside you. It’s never too late! Detailed review coming up when I’m done with both books & implemented a few changes in my life. Till then, don’t stop dreaming & keep on reaching for the stars!
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