Stop reading success books

“Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about.”
― Osho

Chances are, you already know how to live.

Actually, it happens quite naturally.

Reading is wonderful — I’m a big fan — but when you believe that your life needs to be lived out through someone else’s experience, there’s a problem.

You are you.

You are not them.

Their experience is their experience.

Yours, likewise.

If you need to learn anything — deeply — you best guide is (your) life.

In fact, chances are you need to unlearn everything you’ve been told and see life anew.

But then again, what do I really know?

Note: Having just returned from a networking event (the first in almost a year), I was struck by how many people were able to quote well-known authors at me but when I asked them what they thought, they seemed stumped to offer anything more than a few glib replies. Perhaps that’s where we’ve got to: we’re too afraid to ask what’s really going on, and prefer to follow someone else’s script.

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