Would you want to do everything king Solomon did just so in the end you will say, “all is vanity?”
No! I would rather learn from his mistakes, take the positives and avoid the pitfalls.
Learning from another man’s mistakes is less painful than learning from your own mistakes.
So, I read about them: Edison, king Solomon, king David, Tesla, J. k. Rowling, John Grisham, Steve jobs, Bill Gates, Dangote, Paa Kwesi Nduom, James Patterson, Lee Child…I can’t name them all. Apart from avoiding their mistakes, it makes you wiser.
One day, I was walking with a friend and I bought a book by Ben Carson. As we walked on, I saw another book by Les Brown and decided to buy it and she said, “do you have to buy every book?”
I replied, “I don’t have all the time in the world to make every mistake before I learn from it. In an hour, I can learn to avoid the mistakes which took someone 70 years to learn. In 30 minutes, I will become wiser by reading what the author took 40 years of his life to learn.”
Books teach you what would have taken you 70 years to learn. Buy wisdom and sell it not. With books, you can teach yourself everything.
You may not be an avid reader, but one book a month is good for the average person.
Mentorship is not only from reading books. My mentor keeps pruning my life; he corrects the errors in my writings.
Why don’t I stop writing if I am bothered by the mistakes?
My answer is: Why should I be? “I am learning to sail my ship; I am not afraid of the storm”-Helen Keller.
I don’t listen to every preacher, I don’t listen to every song and I don’t watch every movie.
Everything you spend your time on should teach you something you didn’t know.
Winners have mentors. There is no self-made man; you need someone to direct you, help you and prune your dreams.
Read their books, listen to their messages, talk to them and be ready to learn.
Be a student of life everyday.