I remember reading a book called "Do cool shit" at my local bookstore seven years ago. Without this book, I would still probably be making salads at my local fast-casual restaurant down the street, just like I was doing three months after college graduation. The author's story really captivated me. It was about a woman who started her very own gluten-free pizza restaurant in New York City with no restaurant experience.
She somehow made everything fun. One time, she snuck into a newspaper company, right past heavy security to hand-deliver a package of pizzas to the staff there. She just acted like she was on her phone and walked right into the elevator, sort of a brilliant tactical maneuver. She also played professional soccer and she just ditched her tour party in Paris to go play soccer with a bunch of people randomly in the park.
There were a lot more fascinating stories, trust me. But she lived what I would call a dream life. Shortly after reading that book, I read the whole entire book in about three hours at Barnes & Noble without paying for it. Don't tell them. And when I got home later that day, I applied to go work at Disney World on an internship. And guess what? Out of 30,000 applicants, I was one of 5,000 to get in.
I spent an unforgettable eight months working for the mouse. And I'll never forget those amazing times and the friends that I made along the way. This book is the reason I am even talking to you right now. This book, the single book woke me up. It shook me from my daze. That small bundle of papers set off a chain of events that has led me here to my dream life in the Philippines. Now, my dream life may not be your dream life. And if you're taking this course, chances are, you're not very clear on what your dream life is right now.
Where do you need to go to get an idea? If only there was a place. I know one, and it's probably right down the street from you: a bookstore. Now, this exercise will work even if you don't like reading. The idea? Just go to your local bookstore and start to look. Start to look at the gigantic signs that are hanging above each of the shelves. You might see things like art, fiction, nonfiction, history, film, cooking, travel, relationships, work, finance, or even religion.
What you might not realize is that the bookstore is the world. They house pretty much every topic known to man. When you step inside, it's literally a world of opportunity. It's also something else, though. It is a physical embodiment of ideas. Have you ever noticed that? You can physically touch ideas and interact with them via the pages of a book? I think the reason why so many people don't have an idea of what they want to do is that they've never come into contact with ideas that speak to them.
In a bookstore, you can wander around and let things call to you. The cooking section might be pulling you in like a tractor beam. Perhaps you want to read about the biographies of successful people. Maybe it's the film section. That one always calls to me, actually. You need to do the same thing. You need to wander around the bookstore and feel out which sections speak to you. Don't get six books from the cooking section. Just get one and move on.
The goal is to get topics, not just, you know, six books from the one cooking section. And hey, you know, don't stop at five to six sections if there are more speaking to you. Feel free to go to seven, eight, even nine sections to see which topics really speak to you. You know, feel free to cultivate a stack of books stacked so high that you cannot even see over the top of them. You can't even see where you're going and that's fine.
You know, I'm okay with that. Just make sure not to bump into anyone, you know, we don't want to injure anybody here. This exercise is so important because you're unwittingly priming your mood board for later on in the course. The books you choose are an embodiment of who you want to become. And it's hard to find another place in the world that's quite like a bookstore. Well, yeah, I guess a library would also be considered the same thing. So yeah, you can go to your local library as well if you want, I guess.
It's a place where you can easily travel to all parts of the world, ask the advice of incredibly intelligent individuals, and get an idea for a life that's bigger than the life that you're currently living right now. What you do from here is totally up to you. I recommend going to Starbucks, ordering a venti coffee, and then slowly tasting all of these books to see which ones you like the most.
When you're done, pick the five most interesting books that you read and write their names down on the included worksheet for this particular lesson. There's a worksheet. Download it, print it out, take it with you. In this worksheet, you can list the name of the book, the name of the author, the general topic that you found the book in at the bookstore, how much the book is, and why this particular book speaks to you.
You're going to do a little bit of journaling. Perhaps you'll be interested in cooking, investing, finance, entrepreneurship. I don't know. There are a lot of great topics there and it's a great jumping-off point for the rest of this course.