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Brains Will Only Take You So Far

Brains Will Only Take You So Far

There might be a chance that you’re struggling with life. You wouldn’t have time to read this if you weren’t. You should be busy making your wildest dreams come true.

I might be wrong. You might have a perfect life and I’m very happy for you if you do.

I won’t start talking about my life in this post but lets say that I wasn’t born with the best hand of cards.

Fortunately, I was blessed with great studying skills. Yes, I’ve always been a nerd. And I’ve always used my intelligence to solve my problems in life.

I’ve read it all: motivational books, biographies, inspirational stories, visualization techniques, everything my brain told me I needed to improve myself.

This helped me a lot but there was no permanent change inside of me. I realized my problem when I read the quote that changed my life.

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do – John Ruskin

I felt like a loser. I wasted too many hours, weeks and months reading and for what?

You can be the smartest person in this world but that doesn’t mean shit if you’re not doing anything with it.

Don’t get me wrong. I still read every single day. The difference is that for every bit of reading that I do now, I make sure I’m implementing twice the amount of action.

Look, chances are that you’re a smart person. You wouldn’t be reading an inspirational blog if you weren’t.

Internalize Ruskin’s words. There comes a time where you have to drop the books and start making it happen.

Question of the Week: What’s your favorite book?

My Answer: I just finished reading The Alchemist. This is by far the best piece of writing I’ve ever laid my eyes on. It’s a true masterpiece. Before The Alchemist, my favorite book was Psychocybernetics.

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  • Maxwell Ivey November 29, 2013, 1:16 pm

    Hello. I usually do my self improvement reading while riding my bike that doesn’t go anywhere, does that count? A good book that happens to also be in the theaters right now is part two of The Hobbit.

    I mean there is a lot of facing your fears and taking action in little ole Bilbo Baggins. Yes he was forced to in the beginning. Gandalf wouldn’t take no for an answer. But once Bilbo started testing himself he became one of the heroes of the story.

    Favorite personal development book would be Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now. Thanks so much for the posts, Max.

    • Shots of Insight November 29, 2013, 2:41 pm

      Max you’re the man!

      You are the inspiration here. Really.

      And I love The Hobbit. I’ve seen that movie over 100 times. It’s my favorite film to put on late at night before going to sleep. I love the intro. For some reason it relieves all stress from my mind and I fall asleep 30 minutes into it.

      • Ludvig Sunström December 1, 2013, 3:12 pm


        I don’t think reading is a waste of time (for the most part), but as with everything else it can be excessive. But for people who know HOW to to read, and WHAT to read it is really great. I would read over watching TV any day of the week.

        But as you say, action trumps reading. You can’t get practical experience from reading. But it can serve as useful preparation or supplementation.


        • Shots of Insight December 2, 2013, 6:32 pm

          For sure man, like I said, I read every day. It’s my favorite form of leisure. And screw the TV. That stuff feels like a dirty needle piercing my brain.

        • Bob Smith January 19, 2014, 2:22 am

          Hi Ludvig,

          In my opinion, it’s not about how much you read but what you read that really counts. As far as reading versus doing goes, one has to strike a balance to get the best of both worlds.
          I personally do not read anything for entertainment purposes because I think that is a waste of time. The best entertainment, and the best teacher, is real life.
          When I do read I always have a goal in mind, get the information I need, and then I will go apply it.


          • Shots of Insight January 19, 2014, 10:28 am

            “I personally do not read anything for entertainment purposes because I think that is a waste of time. The best entertainment, and the best teacher, is real life.”

            Hey man, you are my new best friend. That’s everything I stand for. Real life. Doing. Action. That’s so much better than all the reading in the world.

  • Robb Gorringe December 3, 2013, 4:21 am

    It is true that what you read you need to implement. “Use it or lose it”, as the saying goes. ;)

    My favorite book? Ahh… so many. But a couple that have really influenced me in recents months are: The 4-Hour Work Week + Crush It. (…I’m working on implementing…)

    Great looking site BTW,


    • Shots of Insight December 4, 2013, 11:02 am

      Thanks Robb

      I remember reading the 4-Hour Work Week. That was one of those moments where I realized that there’s never one way of doing things.

      I’ll give some credit to that book to really start seeing things outside the box.

  • Jennifer Bland December 5, 2013, 1:18 pm

    I found your blog from the Live Your Legend start a blog challenge. I just finished reading the $100 startup.

  • Piotr Damek December 17, 2013, 6:19 am

    I agree. At the end, all it matters is what you apply in real life.

    Great article.

    • Shots of Insight January 19, 2014, 10:50 am

      Boom! And this is the only true way of learning. I don’t learn anything until I apply it to real life a couple of times. Hell. A lot of times I don’t learn anything until I fail a couple of times.

  • Yunus March 6, 2014, 8:24 am

    Nice article…trust actions not words! Best book 4 me….THE ALCHEMIST

    • Shots of Insight March 6, 2014, 9:24 am

      The Alchemist is truly a piece of art. I was mind blown the first time I read it. I would try to go out during the weekends, only to sneak out and run back to my house to continue with the story.

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