Educating Myself

I read in a book called “From The Trash Man To The Cash Man” that,

“Rich people educate themselves while poor people entertain themselves.”

I know that not all poor people entertain themselves and not all rich people educate themselves. I still thought about that quote for a while and I had to admit that one of my great waste of time is watching TV or being in the internet. I could spend about 5-10 hours a day watching anything from American series to foreign series to reading manga and searching for free online books. All of these great time wasters were for the sole purpose of relaxing after a hard day at work.

I also learned that time is a resource that can be wasted and never regained. The book taught me that my time is worth so much more than what I thought. Knowing this, I decided that since I don’t know ANYTHING about running a business I should read up on other successful people, get other business books and see if I learned anything that could be applied to my fledgeling home-based business.

I decided to start my research in the library. I bet you are asking “If the internet is there why go to the library?” I guess it’s because I miss looking at the shelves of books full of adventure and knowledge that has helped us for generations when we sought information. Since this is a beginning of a new life, I felt I should go to the library in  my search and romantically roamed through the shelves while the scent of the pages in the books gave me the feeling that I was close to the knowledge I was seeking. The following is a list of books that I borrowed from the library:

1.  Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur by Richard Branson

2. Everything I Know About Business I Learned From The Grateful Dead: The Ten Most Innovative Lessons From A Long, Strange Trip by Barry Barnes PhD

3.  Jesus, Inc. – The Visionary Path: An Entrepreneur’s Guide To True Success by Laurie Beth Jones

4.  Scrappy Startups: How 15 Ordinary Women Turned Their Unique Ideas into Profitable Businesses by Melanie R. Kevelest

5. The Complete Idiot’s Guide To: Starting Your Own Business by Ed Paulson

6. True To Yourself: Leading A Values-Based Business by Mark Albion

As I read these books I’ll be posting my musings and what I’ve learned and hopefully can apply to myself and business.
Sincerely,

I Am Isabel

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made? The Case for Entrepreneurship Studies (grasshopper.com)

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2 thoughts on “Educating Myself”

  1. I agree with you! There are so many hours of our days that get sucked away by time wasters. It’s not to say that we should be working every hour either, but it’s so smart to find hobbies of leisure activities that still offer a benefit whether that’s exercise or education. Good post!

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