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In today’s world the autodidact has become king

 

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In this blogging world very few of us have attended prestigious English or writing schools. Most of us are self taught trying to find our own way. That is the world of the Autodidact. A world of continuous self learning on the road to mastery. The world today is the autodidacts paradise and successful autodidacts are all around us. However I feel we have entered a new era due to the internet. You can learn so many skills just over the internet from social media to blogging. Even those notorious online universities are great value for the average man or woman. One example of many autodidacts in the technological world is Bill Gates. Earlier examples include Henry Ford and Dale Carnegie.

In the world of the arts it is very interesting to note how many of the pioneers were self taught. It has been said that a formal education can dull the mind and kill the artists creativity forcing them to confine to certain rules or the status quo. Refreshingly in my music genre of choice,hip hop, all the artists are really self taught. Leading musicians like Adele have also mastered their own craft.

However it is the authors with no formal writing education that most intrigue me. How does a man or woman go from nowhere to writing best sellers.Here is a list of the top  autodidact authors. I hope this list is as inspirational to me as a new blogger as it will be you.

Number 1-Ernest Hemingway – An American novelist, short story writer and journalist.This nobel prize winner was an autodidact who immediately become a reporter after leaving school.He left for world war 1 and returned to start writing novels.

Number 2- Sir Terry Pratchett – “I didn’t go to university. Didn’t even finish A-levels. But I have sympathy for those who did.” Pratchett sold more than 85 million copies of his books and was the United Kingdom’s best selling author.

Number 3- Charles Dickens -Despite his lack of formal education Charles edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms.He is most famous for his book Oliver Twist.

Finally I conclude with this quote  “I believe that the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line.” – Andrew Carnegie

 

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It’s all about those Jabs and Right Hooks.

17383989Gary Vaynerchuk remember that name. For a long time I ignored this man’s message even though I followed him on Facebook. I assumed he was just another loud motivational speaker. Boy was I wrong.

Gary does not beat around the bush as they would say in hip hop he keeps it real. I experienced this first hand while watching an interview he had with The Breakfast Club. The crux of his message is that self-awareness is key. In effect know yourself before you pick your hustle. Find out who you are rather than who you wish you were. This man is worth $160 million dollars yet he finds time in his day to inspire the average joe. We all feel entitled in some way but Gary reminds us that we are all masters of our own fate.

Specifically for us aspiring bloggers facing writer’s blog or stressing about the next post Gary Vee has some great advice. Simply document your process while you create key content. I’m running with that message and documenting all the way.

Gary Vee has a book out called Jab, Jab, Right Hook which is all about mastering social media marketing while connecting with people. It has received a review of 4.1/5 on good reads and is listed as a must read for anyone who wants to improve the social media presence and influence.

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Are self help books still relevant?

I will be the first to admit that I have not read nearly enough self – help  books. This industry is growing rapidly and according to Susan Krauss Whitbourne from Forbes there are currently 475000 different self help titles available for sale on Amazon.With so much variety why is it so hard to find a few that actually are worth finishing. Here is my theory.

Every New Year’s Day we all make new resolutions. Inevitably we promise to read more specifically books that make us better people. What goes wrong year after year? Why do we throw away the book after just 30 pages or less. This is my theory.

Most self-help books feel to preachy.  They are either too technical or lack practicality. It often feels like they are written by authors who focus too much on the topic on hand and forget that we need entertainment. So what are the characteristics of a great self-help book.

Author has credentials Academic credentials are great in certain topics. However most of the time nothing beats life experience.

Quality writing Writing should not be too technical, easy to understand and entertaining.

Motivational – It should lift your spirits.

On that note I’d say follow your heart and read only what interests you. Here are my favourites.

  1. The Subtle Art of not giving a fuck by Mark Manson.
  2. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.
  3. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  4. Mastery – Robert Greene

All these authors wrote in a meaningful unconventional way. The was never a dull moment.

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Welcome and thank you

This is my very first blog post on wordpress. This blog is aimed at every body like me out in the big bad world. If you love books or can’t seem to finish the books you start you have come to the right place.

Here I will review the latest and greatest books. In what genre you may ask well my favourites naturally. Self development and african literature. Why? Well because I believe in becoming the best version of myself so I am passionate about self development.  Secondly I am an african in Africa so I would love to share the latest african books with a wider global audience.

Thank you for taking the time to read my first post and I hope we can enjoy this journey together.