Here we go again: Another post on just how much information is available for free or for nominal costs.
I just reserved a book at my local library system about multiple streams of income. I’ll receive an automated call when the item arrives at my local library and then I can go pick it up. Now, I don’t know if this book will actually give me some good ideas on how to create multiple streams of income, but if it gives me one good idea, then the cost of the book (in terms of time–since the book is free to borrow) is entirely repaid. In fact, it’s a great bargain.
I’m still amazed (and thankful) at just how many books and how much information is available to me at practically no cost. Besides the library system where I can borrow books, audiobooks and have access to their vast collection of periodicals (online and offline), as well as ebooks, there is also the Internet. For a very nominal cost, I can access tons and tons of information. And its not all about making money, a lot of it is about improving my present experience of reality and becoming happier in my life. Steve Pavlina‘s site alone has improved my experience of reality in such a way that its just ridiculous. Since I’ve gotten into PD (Personal Development), I’ve gotten two new jobs (and a lot more money), improved the quality of my relationships with my family and friends, improved my self-discipline enormously, improved my self-confidence greatly, have much greater clarity about the future, almost never have a "bad day" anymore, am a lot more upbeat and happier overall. Those are results I like! It’s nice to sit back and reflect on just how much growth I’ve experienced and how much I have improved my life.
If you have a problem or you want to do something, you can find tons of information on how to do it both online and by visiting your local library. Want to get richer? Improve your relationships? Improve your confidence? How about get healthier? Want to control your stress? Manage your time better? Become happier? Master your emotions? Want to get better grades? The information is out there. To quote David Allen, "It’s not about the information not being available to you, it’s about you not being available to the information."
As that quotation implies: information is just one part of the equation. I can know ten thousand different ways to make money, but if I don’t apply my knowledge/information, I’ll never make a dime. And I think this is why we don’t see a lot more ridiculously healthy and happy millionaires running around. The information is just the first step. Applying and actually using that information is the second and absolutely critical step. And I think that is why. Application requires discipline, motivation, dedication, perseverance, the willingness to work hard and a host of other traits that aren’t exactly common. I might say (tongue-in-cheek, of course) that 20% of the population has 80% of the application power.
Since I know that I can and will apply a lot of the stuff I read, I’m amazed at the information being available and so few people taking advantage of it. I’m not going to get into why people don’t take advantage of solutions to their problems and choose instead to complain about them, however it completely mystifies me now.
Anyhoo, so that’s sorta my random thoughts on the topic. I just wanted to say that I’m really grateful that there is so much information for free (or nominal costs, such as the cost of an internet connection) is available to me. And I readily understand that this is the sort of opportunity I wouldn’t have been afforded if I was living in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia.