Inspired: My 2017 Journey

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Recently, I purchased Tim Ferriss’s latest book ‘Tools Of Titans,’ and I was pleasantly surprised with the information that is in this book. I’ve been a fan of Tim Ferriss ever since I heard him as a guest on Joe Rogan’s podcast. After listening to that particular podcast, I started to read Tim Ferris’s blog, along with his insightful books. Since devouring information from Tim Ferriss, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and to start interviewing people (which you can find right here on my blog). From there, I turned to podcasting. I had a blast with my podcast, and it was an excellent way to discover how other people that I admire, live their lives and how they think.

 

Since reading ‘Tools Of Titans,’ I revisited pages 648-649, where Tim Ferriss talks about rapid fire questions that he would ask if he ever had the opportunity to speak to someone that he admired. This sparked an idea for me to start up interviewing people once again, but in a different way (and with the help of Tim Ferris’s rapid fire questions). Since there are 52 weeks in a year, I will interview 52 people, and you’ll find the discussions under the header (right here on my blog) titled “The 52.” I’m excited to start interviewing once again, and I hope you enjoy what I have to offer.

 

May you have the best year ever,

Justin Marroquin

January 11th, 2017

Why Reading Books Are The Secret Ingredient

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Reading books have always been an enjoyable experience for me. Whether I’m reading a Harry Potter book or a biography about someone that I admire, I always learn something new. To some, reading is a chore, and I can somewhat understand where they’re coming from. With all of the technology that we possess in today’s world, who has time to read a book? We’re all constantly checking our phones, Facebook, Twitter, etc. And I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a “techie,” but I still make time to read books. I’m one of those people that prefer to have a book in my hands than read it on a screen (although I own a Kindle Fire). Books can take you to places that tablets and computers fail to do so. You’re forced to use your imagination and to pay close attention while you’re reading. With just a tap of our finger, information is given to us at lightning speed. With reading a book, you’re on a journey page by page (unless you decide to skip around) and that’s where the fun begins. With each page that you turn in a book, you’ll discover things that you didn’t know or you might be surprised with a plot twist.

 

Aside from books, building a library is not even thought of in today’s day and age. With the ease and use of Amazon, building a library is easier than ever. Over the years, I’ve built a modest library. In my library, you’ll find everything from personal development books to graphic novels. Currently, I’m reading three books at once: Elon Musk Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, 100 Deadly Skills, and the autobiography of Malcolm X. Some might say that’s a little excessive, and I would tend to agree with them (somewhat). Once you read a book, you now have information that you didn’t have beforehand. Plus you’ll always have a conversation starter wherever you go, and you’ll have that information with you at all times. Self-education is the best investment that you can make in yourself, and I can attest that personally. Since building my library in my early twenties, I have come to enjoy adding books to my collection.

 

So there you have it. Start building your collection as soon as you finish reading this. Go to your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon. And start to learn about people and things that you’re interested in, or what you’ve always been curious of. Delving yourself into literature will make you a more well-rounded person, and you’ll always have knowledge with you that nobody will ever be able to take away from you.