It’s been a couple of weeks without a (public) weekly review. And the main reason for that is, I’ve had almost nothing to report for them. Family, school, college, everything gets in the way and there is little else from regular work stuff that I have done. I’ve spent a lot more time with my son, and I’m considering opening an email account for him, or something similar, so I can send him emails, which he probably won’t read for at least 10 years more, as he is soon to be two years old. When I figure out the means, and the language I’ll be writing to him in, I’ll write up a blog post about it.
OK, enough about the excuses. On to the meaty stuff. I’ve finished one, and read another book this week. The first one is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill which was recommended on The Freelancers Show and Ruby Rogues a while ago. Two podcasts I listen to frequently, and can recommend to any Ruby/freelance developer. The freelancers show it especially good if you are a small business/consultancy owner. The book is really old, it was first published in 1937, and the things written in the book still stand today. It’s a lengthy read, and it’s basically a get rich slow book. But if you stick to it, it makes a lot of sense. And it should be read a few times, and discussed with a Master Mind group frequently. It teaches you the perils of fear, and what it can do to your ambitions, and how to focus your ambition, and to become everything you want in life.
The other book I’ve read (today, after lunch, because it’s really short) is How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett. And it teaches you how to better employ 7 more hours a week on average, because you are wasting time on meaningless things in your life. And because time is the only thing we can’t control, borrow, or save for later, I think it’s a really good read. And I’m happy to realize that I’ve been using some of the techniques in both of the mentioned books, to start doing what I do, and to still keep learning and moving forward each week.
Life does get in the way, there are family obligations, children will get sick, your car will break down, you will start loosing customers for no apparent reason, bad things happen to everyone. But you must stick through it, and just chug along, because there is light in the end of the tunnel, for those who know where they are headed, and go over all the barriers placed on the way there. And in the end, it’s all about trying to be a better person, day after day.