There is another great self-improvement tip which some people often neglect and which you can use to advance in any
area and not just to learn how to wake yourself up early in the morning. Everyone heard the phrase ‘Knowledge is power’
not all people actually get the meaning. And the tip is simple - more you know about the area of your
interest the higher are your chances to succeed in this area
. So get the knowledge, read and learn
every day! Want to wake up early? Learn it!
Some time ago I wrote on how understanding sleep mechanics can help you wake up earlier. But it’s just one
small step that doesn’t guarantee your success. How you can do more of those steps? How do you get
to know more about specific area? The answer is simple. You start spending some time every day on
things that feed your mind with the knowledge. You plunge into it. You make it your hobby. You become
passionate about it. You become what I call a junior expert – not a professional who can write
a book on the subject, but more educated than 90% of people around you. Here are just some obvious
ideas everyone can follow to become junior expert in the specific field:
First thing is to decide you want to become knowledgeable about specific topic, and commit to spending time (and sometimes money) on it
Pick 1-2 bestselling books on the selected topic and start reading them
Subscribe to online news related to selected topic (Google Alert is a very simple tool to do it) and read them often
Research the sites covering your selected topic, subscribe to news and RSS feeds from them
Find blogs featuring the topic and read them through, get in contact with blog authors
Go visit some seminars on the subject, join the clubs or online communities of people discussing the topic, you can usually find some free ones
Get to know people who are professionals in the area you need, try to build relationship with them and eventually build a network of people whom you can ask advice from
Ask those people how they became experts – what books they liked, what training courses they attended, what people helped them
By this time you should have read the books you started with, so go and pick the next few books
Subscribe to magazine or newspapers (most are available online these days)
There are lots of tutorials and trainings available online – consider taking those
Pass online tests to measure the level of your knowledge, succeeding in the tests will give you more confidence
In addition to healthy sleeping and early rising topics, in which I believe I can consider myself
to be a junior expert now, there are other areas of interest for me right now. One is time management
and productivity, and I think I’m close to marking it complete on my list. One more I just started
recently is investing. As I now have some money saved and need to take care of them, I’ve decided I
want to become a junior expert in investing. Not an expert who would advice others on how to invest,
but knowledgeable enough to invest my own money wisely. And guess what… After just two months I feel
myself 100 times more financially educated than I were before. Is it worth it? You bet...
How do you find time to acquire all that knowledge you may ask? Well, that’s why I started with
time management first . In fact, getting more organized is one thing. Pushing it daily is another
important thing and that’s why I carry my mp3 player full of audio books with me everywhere, and
that’s why I’m looking forward to own this Amazon gadget.
Finally, remember, knowledge is not just educational, it’s inspiring. At some point if you get really excited about it, you may even consider making a living out of your new expertise. But it’s a different story worth another post.
Sweet dreams and happy early wake ups to you all!
BTW, does Amazon Kindle
have a built-in alarm clock,
P.S. If you buy this device following the link from my site I'll get my share % from Amazon. So if you think of buying one, you have a chance to thank me for the stuff on this blog, if you like it of course. You'll feel better, too :)