Chicago acted as a hibernation period for The Pizza Bats. As fate would have it, Jake and I were extremely fortunate not to need full-time jobs during our 8 months there (from Jake: idk if you’d necessarily consider selling your car and/or all of your saxophones “fortunate”, but that was fortune nonetheless).
This was a challenge to maneuver because, quite simply, without the forced routine of an employer expecting me to be somewhere on time nor the motivating factor of getting paid to be somewhere, it’s easy to waste time just by being plain disorganized.
In order to combat the stagnation, I set out to take control of my habits and beef up my inner nerd. One of the hardest things to do was quit reading fiction and watching TV (though there were some exceptions, including Rick and Morty and The Walking Dead), but I had faith it would be worth it for the sake of my own personal growth.
Having begun Tai Lopez’s Accelerator course, it became apparent to me that anything I didn’t understand, had fear of, or had disdain for was generally a topic that I didn’t have enough knowledge about. That, and when you want to increase your knowledge on a topic, there’s p much books written about everything. My goal became reading a book a week, and now I read three books a day.
I have learned that reading a book in its entirety is not totally necessary, and can actually hold you back from the true goal of reading, which is education. By developing the habit of only reading until you’ve learned one new idea, fact, or concept, you give yourself more time to process the information, and it is ultimately more directly applied. It has transformed the way I gather information, and I believe it can be helpful to anybody willing to give it a try!