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The Best Thing you Can Do For Your Life

I went to the library the other day and it brought back memories of when I was younger. My mom used to take me there on the weekends and I’d spend all day there just looking at all of the different books and deciding which ones I wanted to check out. I had a blast reading. It was fun soaking in the knowledge of things I didn’t know about. The best thing you can do for your life is


Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study.  Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.  ~Henry L. Doherty

Learning can do so many things for you. It can help you save money, entertain you, and even help you become a better person.

The great thing about learning is that when you’re in the process of learning one thing, it can lead you to want to start learning about another thing. Like if I wanted to learn about how to change my own oil in my truck, that might lead me learn about the different types of oil, which can lead you to learn about how oil is processed, which could lead you to alternatives to oil. Kinda like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon.


Reading is one of the easiest ways to learn. Reading is also one of the cheapest ways to learn. You can always go to the library for free or buy books used.

The best of my education has come from the public library… my tuition fee is a bus fare and once in a while, five cents a day for an overdue book.  You don’t need to know very much to start with, if you know the way to the public library.  ~Lesley Conger

Try to read a new book every month if you can. I just started reading a new book every week and posting reviews on them.

To get the most from reading, it helps to take notes. I prefer to take notes at the end of each chapter. It really helps you to in grain in your mind what you read. You can also go back to your notes if you want a refresher without having to read the whole book again.

Just Do It

Experience is the best knowledge you can have. I wanted to learn about making a blog so I read and read and read…..and read. But the real learning didn’t take place until I actually jumped in and created this blog. I started to learn things I didn’t even think I needed to know. That’s just how some things are. If you don’t have an awareness of something, then how can you try to learn it? Like if you never heard of ETF’s, then how can you learn about it? But if you start to invest in the stock market then you will become aware of them, and then you will be able to learn about it.

If you don’t make mistakes, then how can you learn from them?

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.  ~Mortimer Adler

P.S. Some of the links in this post I earn a little bit of money from, in order to pay my bills. But I promise to never to intentionally lead you to a bad company and to never let the money affect my opinion.

How do you learn the best? When was the last time you read a book or jumped head first into doing something you’ve never done before?

Comments (14)

  • The Best Thing you Can Do For Your Life | Financially Poor…

    Learning can do so many things for you. It can help you save money, entertain you, and even help you become a better person….

  • Starting my blog was the last time I jumped into something big that I knew nothing about and it’s been a lot of learning such.

    I have a lot more to learn and can’t wait to see where it ends.
    .-= Bucksome Boomer´s last blog ..Thursday Thoughts: A Wrinkled Lady =-.

    • yea, I’m really excited to be blogging and look forward to learning more as I do

  • Love the library, love to read! Whether it’s a good novel, non-fiction, or a children’s book. Reading has enriched and changed my life! We have just gotten my grandaughters their first library card and it’s a weekly event to hunt for the best picture books and then she cuddles up to me while we read it. With the online selection system the world it at our fingertips.
    .-= Carol@inthetrenches´s last blog ..In The Trenches – Healthy Living =-.

    • Yea, it’s so great to learn. Teaching children can be a great bonding activity.

  • I think I am 3 for 3. What would life be like if I did not learn, read, or try new things? When it comes to reading I am not as frugal as every other (?) pg blogger though. I like to buy books. Since I collect first editions of certain books, I may even buy the first edition (for the collection) and a paperback version (for reading). I know this is sacrilege to frugality, but this works for me. It makes me feel good without breaking my bank.
    .-= ctreit´s last blog ..A Thank You to Our Hosts =-.

    • Whatever gets you reading. Collections are nice to have and look through.

  • I go to the library almost every day when I am at work for lunch. It’s a great way to spend an hour commenting on blogs.

    But mainly, I go to the library for DVDs and when I go on vacation, audiobooks :)

    If I weren’t blogging, I’d read magazines at the library that I no longer have time to read, but miss…
    .-= Money Reasons´s last blog ..Priceless Memories, Daughter And Daddy Night Out =-.

    • Yea, the library is a way to read your favorite magazine without having to buy a subscription. My mom loves to listen to audiobooks she gets from the library

  • Great blog, and you’ve made some awesome points. I’ve always found that if I’m apathetic about something, I just need to learn about it a little more. It definitely works this way with finance, as I find that with more education, most people will do much better in forming a plan and living by it.

    • Thank you. Yea the more someone learns about something the easier it is to do it.

  • I could swear that I wrote a huge post or comment on learning and reading, but you’ve said the same thing, so I don’t have to hunt for it. If the world wasn’t rife with problems, I would happily close myself off with an Internet connection and just read for the rest of my days. Have you read The Bet by Anton Chekhov? It’s fairly short. Worth checking out, especially if you feel like this.

    • I’m like that. I could just read the internet all day and night. I see that I can read The Bet online. I have it bookmarked and will check it out.

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