I sat down for an interview with Diogo Lança last weekend. Diogo is the creator of “Road Delta”, an online platform for empowering self-learners and personal developers.
It’s always good to chat with like-minded people. We both shared our personal story, together with valuable insights and must-read books. In this blog, I present the 3 major takeaways from our one-hour conversation.
In life, we human beings have an end goal: to live a life filled with love, purpose, success, freedom, more time and happiness.
But, we must first conquer happiness.
We need to be happy with what already is, what we have right now, and what our circumstances are in the present moment. We need to find happiness within ourselves.
Conquer happiness within and you’ll feel like you’ve won the lottery. You’ll give love to yourself and others. You will be able to find your life purpose or passion. It will be easier for you to acknowledge and celebrate your successes on a regular basis. You won’t feel like time is passing you by.
Let me guide you through the way I created an effective reading routine.
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read” — Mark Twain
Quick note to start:
With “reading”, I refer to reading for self-improvement and educational purposes. No fictional stories, fairy tales, or anything related.
This kind of reading allows us to absorb the necessary information and move towards our life goals. Physical books, e-books, blog posts; whatever you can think of that will educate you can be placed under the ‘reading umbrella’.
In fact, research shows that the difference between rich and poor people is that the former group reads for self-improvement, while the latter reads for entertainment.
Reading is important. There is almost no issue on this planet that hasn’t been solved by someone else. Let’s be honest.
Tons of books have been written to give you a roadmap, allowing you to improve in the four major life areas: health, wealth, relationships and spirituality.
The question for many people is:
How do I get started?
I’ve found that incorporating reading as a daily routine is the most effective way to improve in whatever life area you want.
In this article, I’ll share with you the details and benefits of this routine.
Seneca was one of Rome’s greatest philosophical thinkers. Today, his stoic teachings remain a source of inspiration for large audiences. Seneca highly believed in what he called the ‘tranquillity of the mind’, a mind that is undisturbed and free to engage in whatever it wants… Continue reading Seneca’s 10 Rules for a Peaceful Mind→
How The Evolution Of Social Life shaped Our Brain
Wow. Just finished the book above. It was pretty interesting; a must read, especially for those that are into evolutionary psychology.
The main idea that is defended during the whole plot is the social brain hypothesis. This hypothesis states that our brains grew bigger throughout history because of an increase in size of our social communities.
“Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount of time has been given to us for the highest achievements, if it were all well invested. ” – Seneca
Now, you might ask yourself: WHO the heck is Seneca?
Seneca was one of the greatest Roman philosophers of all time. Well-known for his stoic letters and essays. Phenomenal writer.
Anyway, let’s get to the point.
Seneca’s main idea is that life is LONG ENOUGH, only if you know how to use it.
Most of us can accomplish great things. No, in fact ALL of us can accomplish great things.
The only problem?
THE USAGE OF OUR TIME.
As soon as it comes to squandering time, people are most wasteful of the one thing in which they should be stingy!
Time is the most valuable resource on this planet.
However, people don’t treat it that way.
They mindlessly spend it on drinking and lust. On drugs and sex. On other people’s life events and activities. On social media. On TV shows. This goes on. It’s endless.
I’ll finish this post with the following quote. Read it. Say it out loudly for yourself. Print it out. Do whatever it takes to absorb this.
“Believe me, it is the sign of a great men, and one who is above human error, not to allow his time to be frittered away: he has the longest possible life simply because whatever time was available he devoted ENTIRELY TO HIMSELF.”