I’ve been writing about success and motivation for quite a while now and I think it’s a good time to reveal something a little more personal. After all, it’s been around a year since I began to be really, really, really, serious about my life. Everything I am sharing is truthful and with humility.
One year ago, I decided to get serious about reading. I didn’t really counted how many books I read but here’s an estimate: bought around 50 books, borrowed around 30 books, and on top of all the audiobooks that I’ve listened to on Audible and YouTube.
I still remember the first book I bought in 2020 was The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. I must admit that it was a little tedious for my reading. A book that I enjoyed more was One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch.
The more I read, the more I realized how little I know. And that gave me the drive to read even more, and to learn even more.
In 2020, I also started a business. I close it soon after. I realized that it was taking me away from my passion and deeper purpose.
Of course, I also started this blog. It’s a place where I can share my ideas and inspirations.
I also started writing journal on a daily basis. In the past, I would stop and start frequently. I really benefitted from my journal writing a lot. I realized that we are always talking and listening to others, yet we don’t spend time talking and listening to ourselves. Writing is a way for us to be honest with ourselves. And that, I can assure you, really feels liberating.
In the earlier paragraphs, I mentioned a couple of investment books. Of course, I began to invest in single stocks. There will always be fans of dollar-cost average and ETFs and I fully respect that. If you’re curious about how my 1 year old holdings have performed, they’re all in the green, ranging from 17% to 73%.
Lastly, I want to reveal that I have been writing a book since late last year. It’s 70% completed (the writing part). And I am so excited about it.
Last words. Stop finding excuses. Achieving success is long term. Be patient with your expectations, but impatient with your actions. Set big goals and dreams. Dare to dream. Run away from people who encourage you to be realistic. Successful people are crazy. If you are not frightened of your dreams, they are too small. Winners focus on winning, losers focus on winners. Believe, and you can see.
All the best!