Be careful, however, that there is no element of discursiveness and desultoriness about this reading you refer to, this reading of many different authors and books of every description. You should be extending your stay among writers whose genius is unquestionable, deriving constant nourishment from them if you wish to gain anything from your reading that will find a lasting place in your mind. To be everywhere is to be nowhere.
Seneca the Younger
I’m reading a book called Mastery by Robert Greene.
Mentorship, Greene says, is the fastest way to progress in any field. And I’m hearing this over and over again — probably because I’m diving into a literary circle who all work, and know each other: Robert Greene, Tucker Max, Ryan Holiday.
So I emailed Ryan Holiday. A few questions about marketing, writing, and life strategy.
He emailed me back and I felt like an OCD elementary school child opening a new pack of pens.
I decided, this is a very, very knowledgeable man. Ambitious, almost genius-like level of competence from what he’s absorbed through reading.
I would like to learn more about this man. I started looking through his archive of blog posts, dating back to two thousand and seven. And I’m currently reading through all the things he’s ever written. Methodical.
If you find someone you like, a writer, a thinker, an artist you really enjoy; become an expert in that person. Dive deeper into their thinking.
Don’t settle for the commonplace knowledge anyone with an internet connection and a spare hour can learn.
Dive into who that person is; and then here’s the cool part — develop a real relationship with them.