I spend a lot of time thinking about myself. Wait…

…that sounds bad. Let me explain :)

Books like Ray Dalio’s Principles focus on helping people learn their strengths and weaknesses, helps them put together a vision for what they want to accomplish, and shows how to create plans to accomplish those goals. These are amazing books and are loaded with 5-star reviews.

Only, they tend to be very boring to me.

The problem is that I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about myself. What am I good at? What am I not good at? Who do I need around me to achieve my goals. And for that matter…

What are my goals? Where do I need to be headed today, this week, this year, in order to achieve my goals? What do I need to learn along the way?

I have to be thinking about this stuff because I’m an entrepreneur I want to do great things. No one is going to help me figure it out, or for that matter, no one is there to tell me it needs to be figured out. It’s up to me.

I think this is why I’m driven to read so much (a book a week last year, hoping to follow suit this year though I’m admittedly far behind the pace.)

I’ll say it again: Experience and reading are the best ways to learn. Or put differently, improvement by doing and reading.

You just have to read the right books for you. Not what everyone else reads, because we’re all different. Think about you, think about your needs, and then seek out the experiences and books that will help you get there.