Learnings from 2021 I will carry forward in 2022

Albert Einstein once said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”. As 2022 has begun, what’s better than reflecting on the lessons we learned last year?

Hence, in this post, I will be sharing the lessons I learned from my favourite podcasts and books I read in 2021.

Let’s get started!!

Podcasts:

Less Brown – Everything That’s Holding You Back

The most impactful podcast I ever heard, period.

Takeaways:

  • You don’t get in life what you want, you get in life what you are.
  • Remove toxic, negative energy-draining people from your life. Practice OQP – Only Quality People.
  • Someone’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.

Sadguru – On Embracing Pain

This podcast is the reason why I read his book Inner Engineering.

Takeaways:

  •  World will never happen 100% your way.
  • Pain is a good thing because that is your self-preservation mechanism, but suffering is something that you do in your mind.
  • Joy is foundational in growth; growth isn’t foundational to joy. You need to be joyful from the inside to achieve growth.

Books:

Sadguru’s Inner Engineering

It’s the best transformational book I read after Robin Sharma’s 5 AM club. It gives you a step-by-step process on how you can maintain your inner wellbeing. It’s backed by the science of yoga, eastern traditions, and Sadguru’s perception of life.

That podcast left me speechless, this book blew my mind.

You should consider reading this because it will change the way you think, live and experience life along with Sadhanas that will help you maintain your inner well-being.

Takeaways:

  • When you feel pain, misery, or anger, it’s time to look within you, not around you. To achieve well-being, the only thing that needs to be fixed is YOU.
  • You have a choice to respond consciously to the present or react compulsively to the past. 
  • The source and basis of your experience are within you. Pain, pleasure, joy, misery, agony, or ecstasy all happen INSIDE YOU.

The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

Impactful memoir I have ever read. The narrative is reflective, painful, will hurt, and move you inside out.

Bronnie Ware narrated stories of the five common regrets the dearly departed had during their final stage of life. As they shared their stories, she reflected on her life and shares those moments as well.

You should consider reading this because it has an impact that no self-help book could easily match. Real-life stories touch people that no scientific data or research can.

The 5 regrets covered:

  • I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  • I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  • I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  • I wish I’d had stayed in touch with my friends.
  • I wish I’d had let myself be happier.

Blink are moments where you just know without knowing why. Have you experienced it?

  • Decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately. 
  • When should we trust our instincts and when should we vary them? 
  • Snap judgments and first impressions can be educated and controlled.

The book achieved three goals:

It indirectly answered why affirmations and positive self-talk work.

You should consider reading this because you have an institution and it’s important to develop it.

Takeaways:

  • Beware of what you put in your subconscious. The giant computer crunches all the data from the experiences, learnings, people we met, etc and forms an opinion.
  • Careful about your influence – most of our time, we are working on autopilot, and how we think, and act are susceptible to outside influence.
  • When you are given too many choices and options, you get paralyzed because you are forced to consider much more than your unconscious is comfortable with.

The Road Less Travelled

The road less traveled talked about: Love, Grace, Religion and Worldview.

It was a mind-opening reading experience with astonishing realizations.

You should consider reading only to gain a new spiritual perspective.

Takeaways:

  • There is no such thing as falling in love. Love is an act of will, a conscious choice that we make.
  • The closest place to look for grace is within yourself. 
  • Religion and Worldview could be a source of most of your problems – examine them. 

The Psychology of Money

The concept of money has been explored by several authors. But this perception is one of a kind. You will be blown away from what’s inside.

I loved it because I got to learn new lessons that I felt were important.

You should consider reading this because it will enhance your perspective towards money.

Takeaways:

  • One of the powerful ways to increase your savings isn’t to raise your income but humility, because past a certain level of income what you need sits below your ego.
  • Investing demands a price – volatility, fear, regret, uncertainty, and these are fees that you pay, which are not put in the label, hence invisible.
  • History never repeats itself. Man always does. 

Conclusion:

So, this is it. These are the lessons I learned from my favourite podcasts and books I read last year.

Now, I want to know about you. What are the top books you read this year and what lessons were learned from them? Let me know in the comments.

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