#5 The book that changed my life

Summer 2015.

Finishing my apprenticeship as a technical product designer at the end of July, I had 6 weeks off before school would start again. Being single after coming out of a three years and something relationship I was really not feeling great.

Starting in my holidays with a kind of a plan of what to do, I wanted to refresh some skills for school, like math, physics and the like. Sitting in the living room downstairs on a sunny morning, I was going through an English exercise book that I have found in my room. Deciding on doing a break for the translation task, I grabbed my iPad to listen to something on YouTube while doing some sit-ups.

Opening the App while laying on the ground and scrolling through the home site, I was searching for an audiobook. After finishing my workout and clicking on the stop button, I had a glimpse on the suggestions on the right side. And there it was.

The law of success by Napoleon Hill

“The law of success! Sounds interesting, let’s give it a try!” Starting to listen to this audiobook in English, this was the first main obstacle I had to overcome. Being really not that good in this particular language or in languages in general at this point in my life, I just started to listen to it, even though I did not really understood much. But this did not really stop me. It was that good! I was just so fascinated by the content, that I was listening to it all day long.

Looking for the book online, I found it quite easily and started to read the book in the last 5 weeks of the summer.

So what is this book about?

“The law of success” by Napoleon Hill. Published in 1928. Is still as fresh as a book from the last five years. Of course, some points are really outdated, but the meaning, the thing the author wanted to say, to express, to tell you, all of this is unbelievable accurate. Once created for a program to educate salesman, this book gives you a very wide-ranging overview of the important things to become successful. Divided into sixteen lessons, you can hear stories that will inspire you in your life.

Why reading it is so important!

Once started with the book, I was not able to stop reading it, even though it is quite a long book considered my disgust about books in my youth. “But why should you read it?” And with “read it”, I mean, “read the book!” Not the summary, or a fancy article about it. Do not just listen to the YouTube summary, or the top ten information you can find somewhere in the wide world web. Because what you really get out of this book, is the things you are thinking while reading it. For me, it is very similar to what DHH (David Heinemeier Hansson) once described in an interview with Tim Ferriss while speaking about driving a racecar.

It was kind of like you just had a bottle of flow. You could just open your fridge and like, “Oh, I’d like some flow please. Can you get me into the flow state where you lose track of time? Where you just have such a great experience learning and getting better. That’s how I felt the first very many times I got into a racecar. I could just switch on flow.

The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: David “DHH” Heinemeier Hansson (#195)

For me, it is just the same. If I drive a race car, on my simulator or read this book, my mind just switches into the flow mode just like that! “klick sound”.

Reading it twice, or like I do, reading it once a year, this book can transform your life, your thinking, everything. So go ahead, and get this book.

Oh and just one more thing, if you will find out that there are things in the book you already now, than do not be surprised and skip the lesson, but instead read it very carefully, because it could be the case, that you are not doing it right.

See you next time.


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