I read almost zero books in 2016.
And I learned quite a few things reading almost zero books.
First of, you probably shouldn't finish 99% of the books out there.
As a matter of fact, you probably shouldn't even start 99% of the books in the first place.
Last year I downloaded tons of books. I started reading some of them.
And I finished almost none of them.
I know. I know.
They say you have to read a lot. And that it's a habit of all the successful people out there and that reading books is why they became successful and then some more blah, blah, blah, empirically proven, blah, blah, blah...
But you know what?
The only thing that made successful people successful (whatever success is for you) is that they took action. Over and over again.
And that's probably the hardest part.
To go from reading and learning from other people's mistakes to going out there and making your own mistakes.
It's a lot more comfortable to keep reading your life away without ever taking action.
To me it seems that we live in some kind of reading bubble (that is fueled by a billion dollar industry and people like me by the way) where people read and read and read without ever applying what they've just learned.
Reading with zero action won't help. Ever.
Or maybe people just read for entertainment. I don't know.
So in 2016 I read almost zero books.
And instead I used 2016 to take action.
Now don't get me wrong.
You should read.
But you also have to reserve some time to take action.
For me 2015 was the year where I read (and finished) more books than I ever read in my entire life combined.
And then I reserved 2016 to take action.
I realized that reading books won't help me while I'm in execution mode.
As a matter of fact, I realized that reading books confused me, instead of really helping me.
It took away my confidence, I developed more and more self doubt and all of this stuff that stops you before you really start.
But then again. We're all different.
What works for me doesn't necessarily work for you. Or the other way round.
Maybe I will read (and finish) more books again in 2017.
To understand all the mistakes I made in 2016.
To figure out what I could have done better.
For me a book only works in retrospect.
When I experienced the things already.
A book helps me to turn on the light when I'm in a dark tunnel.
But to realize that I'm in a dark tunnel with no light I have to open up that door first, walk past that door, walk into that tunnel and realize that there's no light...
[Related: I stopped giving a shit a long time ago]