I am going to tell you a phenomenal story that can teach us about failure in life — and it’s about something we all take for granted.
In the year 1800, there was no method known in Western culture for preserving food. If you had a peach tree or an apple tree you could enjoy it during harvest time but that was it. A lack of food preservation led to times of real need and want, sometimes even famine, starvation and death.
So the French government approached one of their best scientists –Nicolas Appert– and commissioned him to find a way to preserve food. In 1809 he discovered bottling. What an incredible idea! Now, instead of being able to enjoy your fruits or vegetables at a brief harvest time, you can enjoy them whenever you want!
But I have a question for you. What good is food preservation, or food storage, if you refuse to eat it? You would eventually die after suffering from hunger.
A Feast of Knowledge
Today the same thing is happening around us all the time, not with food, but with ideas and thoughts! Some great inventors came up with the idea to preserve ideas and thoughts and teachings and they put them into books. Now we can take all of their ideas and save them. Today we even have audios and ebooks and blogs. We have so much information preserved and saved that we can feast on it! There doesn’t have to be a famine of knowledge and a drought of learning. We have access to great truth 24/7.
But just as with the food, what good does all the knowledge in the world do for us if we don’t read and feast on knowledge and truth? Nothing! The result is failure in life, business and relationships.
A Lack of Knowledge Can Cause Failure in Life
It’s because of a lack of knowledge that many businesses fail, families fail, relationships fail and many jobs are lost! Because people refuse to learn, freedom and liberty is lost! Instead of feasting on great truth that can transform their lives, people waste their days reading garbage, watching TV, playing video games and not digging into this feast of life lessons.
I offer you a challenge to begin to read and learn voraciously and make it your number one habit! I call this habit ‘Bibliotherapy‘ and it is the #1 one habit of uber-successful people.
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Ignorance is Painful and Negatively Affects Our Relationships and Our Life
I want to finish with one last idea and a great story. Ignorance does hurt and affects us negatively all the time. And yet the solutions to our problems are available, we just need to access them. Which reminds me with the story of Ignaz Semmelweise. He was in Vienna in 1847 working with mothers giving birth. There was a high infant and mother mortality rate and he was trying to find the cause. He eventually realized that it was the doctors who were working on cadavers in the basement and then going upstairs to deliver babies without washing their hands, thereby transforming germs that were causing death (this was how germs were discovered — he was considered crazy for believing in ‘invisible’ things that were responsible for spreading disease, and was eventually committed to an asylum for his beliefs).
He tested his hypothesis and had the doctors start washing their hands with a kind of lime solution and the rates of death dropped from 100 to 1. He later said:
“God only knows how many mothers have gone to their early graves because of my hands.”
I think there are many ‘germs’ in our life and so many areas that are suffering because they lack a little bit of knowledge. Our emotions, our minds, our families, our health, our relationships and our spirituality, in each of those things a little bit of ignorance can do a lot of damage.
Hence, I highly encourage you to go out, read, study and become a lifelong learner! Read at least 2 books a week — or even more if you can. Get out there and become passionate and a lifelong learner.