I want to start this blog a little differently today. Instead of diving right into the review of a book I have read (and recommend), I would like to ask a favor of all of you reading this today. What book would you like to see mentioned here at SachiReads? Comment below…and no judgment; if you mention any book, I will do my best to read and review it here in the next few weeks.
On that note, let’s dig into Robert Rogers’ book “The Paperback Mentor.” There are so many nuggets of knowledge in this book. Robert has been through many relatable experiences and has developed habits that will make you think and grow. The only thing we have to do is act on these habits and stay consistent. First and foremost, we need to understand what we can control and what we can’t control, then find a balance between the two. Here, Robert provides some of his Air Force deployment experiences that helped him create balance in his life.
For some of us, creating balance may require that we re-join reality and focus on our mental health.
This is also where the 1% rule comes into play. If you feel any changes need to be made in your life, you have to be willing to take back 1% of your time. What does 1% look like? It could be as little as 15 minutes per day and should involve something that will move you closer to the person you want to become. For example, if your goal is to improve your health, you could start by exercising 15 minutes a day or 30 minutes three times per week. The goal is to focus on some type of personal growth for at least one hour and 40 minutes during the week. This improvement could be in any area you choose, whether it be health, learning, finances, or family relationships. Furthermore, you could divide this time however you choose; the important thing is to commit to it.
One of the most important points that Robert Rogers makes is that if our ambitions are small, our actions will be as well. To illustrate, while he was growing up, his ambitions were to have a stable job and be able to afford a house in the $100,000 range. As a result, he was not living to his full potential. Then he joined the military and was surrounded by people who pushed him to grow and thrive.
I want to make it clear that I am not judging whatever your ambitions are. The most important thing is that you are living up to your potential.
In addition to the above mentioned nuggets of knowledge, “The Paperback Mentor” also offers several strategies on communication and dealing with difficult people. Many of the ideas are presented from a leadership point of view, but could be used in any area of life.
Remember to stay humble and teachable; this is where transformation is attainable.
I hope this helps you get through this Monday. Thanks for reading!