In the last post–Create My Own Set of Reality–I wrote that consumption is poison and we should avoid it at all costs.
I wrote a blog post about producing and not consuming some years ago as well. Many people read it and left good remarks. However, now I realize that it’s not possible to cut consumption completely, and that consumption is necessary as well.
Without consumption you won’t have any ideas, inspiration, motivation, etc. You get ideas through consumption. You need ideas and inspiration to produce which only consumption can provide.
Tai Lopez targets reading one book per day. It’s because book gives you ideas, inspiration and motivation to move forward. A person who reads 30 books a month and takes a key takeaway from the book is more likely to have a better life than a person who reads one book thoroughly in one month, or who never reads a book because s/he wants to stop consumption.
I used to be that guy who reads one book per month. I’m embarrassed to write that I nearly took 3 months or more to complete a book - Musashi. It was around 900 pages long and I only read some pages everyday. It was also because I read cover to cover, and I didn’t want miss a single sentence.
I think that’s not the productive way to read. Of course, you could read novels that way for enjoyment. But if you are serious about self improvement, you need to consider reading more books in less time.
If we were all given a power, Warren Buffet says he would choose the power to read fast.
He is one of the most successful people on Earth. If he says so, you can guess the power of books and how it will help you succeed.
You need to understand that highly successful people also consume. Without consumption, no human can move forward. You read ABCD’s in your kindergarden. Without that, you wouldn’t be able to write or even read this.
The ideas, motivation, inspiration to produce anything comes from consumption. Consumption is the first step for production.
But you need to be aware of consumption. For example, we can divide consumption into groups. Consumption which helps you move forward, consumption which helps you accomplish nothing, and consumption which destroys your life.
Surfing the net, watching YouTube videos, using mobile phone, using social network, watching TV, reading news, etc are destructive consumption. You want to stop them immediately.
Now we have another set of consumption which helps you progress and improve yourself as a whole: reading books.
By the way, you want to read books that will help you improve, mostly classical novels, biography and self-help books. You should try limiting consumption of modern pop novels.
That’s the next level. First thing is to start. You have to start somewhere either by reading modern pop novels or old classical novels or biographies of successful people.
After you start, you can consider the advice I presented above. All of the advice I wrote are like sign posts in the road. You are the one who’s walking, and I’ve posted sign posts on the road.
So now as soon as you read this, I want you to label all the consumption materials in your life. Either it’s destructive or not. If it helps you accomplish something or not. How much idea does it help you generate and all.
TV, mobile, YouTube, social media, etc are examples of destructive consumption. Remove them immediately.
Reading is a good consumption. Fill all your time with helpful consumption or production. Life’s too short to waste on destructive consumption.