I love to read books. It’s essential to who I am today. Books are typically divided into fiction and non-fiction. I read fiction to entertain myself. The appeal of books versus other popular mediums of entertainment are fairly obvious. Books can be any length. There are no advertisement breaks or no hourly limit constraining the story. There is a significantly wider range of people authoring books compared to the amount directing films and tv-series. Book authors in our age of the internet and self-publishing are not bound by cultural gatekeepers. Breaking into the world of film and television is significantly harder. Additionally, there are limitations on what is viewed as socially acceptable content. Books are freer and you’ll find more diversity of thought. The world of fiction is not limited by budgets or fidgety actors. The world is precisely as the author wishes to portray it.
Non-fiction books contain essential information to those living in our complex and interconnected world. I read books about history to gain context to the happenings of today. Other topics of interest to me are psychology, economics, persuasion, social science and so on. In addition to these I’ve begun to dip my feet into the world of self-help books. I’m a living, breathing example that they absolutely work if you have the right mindset and attitude. Most people unfortunately don’t have those things, and therefore they don’t enjoy the positive effects they could have had from reading them. I consider it a waste of time to invest time reading self-help books without putting in the mental effort to gain the rewards.
I’ve personally recently been highly successful in my attempt to lose weight. I used to be obese. Over time I thought about losing weight, but I lacked the drive to do something about it. I didn’t get to the action stage from the thinking stage. Two books are highly recommended by me in this regard. I couldn’t have done it without them. They are “How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big” by Scott Adams of Dilbert fame and “Gorilla Mindset” by mindset guru Mike Cernovich. I applied the thinking within those books and can attest to their efficacy. I myself brought the will to see it through until I accomplished my goal. Now 25 kg lighter I can share some of the things I’ve learned through the process.
First, you must be willing to do what it takes to succeed. Failure was never an option for me. If I didn’t have the desired weight loss I was prepared to step-up my efforts until I did. I’ve lost the 25 kg without going around with a hungry stomach. I simply changed what I ate with a focus on nutrition and calories.
Second, focus on mindset and how willpower works. Don’t spend all your time nosing through books by nutritionists. I’m happy that I did this. Of course, nutrition is important, but if the mental piece of the puzzle is lacking you’ll fail. That I can guarantee.
Third, be willing to change your approach. I’ve mixed up my diet several times during the last few months, and I’ve tweaked my exercise routine.
Fourth, be aware of pitfalls and common mistakes. I read up on what people usually failed at in connection to pursuing weight loss. I therefore know that the real battle and struggle will begin once I reach my goal. Most people gain back the lost weight and end up weighing more than they did when they started. Then they diet again and repeat the process. I’m acutely aware that I must maintain my focus for the rest of my life, otherwise I will failm in the end.
I would still be a fat fucker without the helpful power of books. A significant haul of other self-help books are on the way from Amazon at the moment. I’m hopeful that they will help me conquer other issues I want to solve about myself. If you are looking for advice and help, books are definitely a good way to go.