If you have never been to Barnes and Noble, let me tell you, my friend, you need to go right now!
Here’s the deal:
It’s a beaver dam of a good time and there’s so much more to the place than simply books.
I’m going to be frank with you all.
I actually developed a hatred of books after completing years of schooling and university studies.
I never wanted to see another textbook or any other book ever again!
In my mind:
I could not associate having fun or enjoying your self with reading a book.
It wasn’t going to happen!
It was a brutal and agonizing process reading all those textbooks in university and I was glad to be done with it.
Let me be the first to say that if you feel like how I have just described then visiting Barnes and Noble will solve your problems pronto!
I tried going to other local bookstores to see if maybe I could get over my distaste of pages, but nothing seemed to work.
The other bookstores were all way too bland and had way too many high bookshelves.
You sort of felt overwhelmed by the whole experience.
Even libraries (which were a childhood favorite of mine) were replaced in my mind from being pure places of learning into an abhorrent after thought.
Maybe it’s the fact that libraries also have very large overbearing shelves that seem to collapse around you.
In any case:
All of that changed the minute I stepped inside Barnes and Noble.
The open space, the variety, the cafe; it was like nothing I had come to expect from a bookstore or library before!
I felt as if I had entered inside a Best Buy or Toys R US (except for books)!
A strange sensation of calm, peace, and even happiness befalls you when you enter inside Barnes and Noble.
Really, if you haven’t been to Barnes and Noble before, you need to go now!
It really and truly did cure me of my distaste (that’s putting it lightly) of books.
I can now even walk into libraries again and feel okay!
Here are some of the amazing items you can find in stock at Barnes and Noble to help lift your spirit and soul.
There are multiple paths available to you.
I always say that you should follow your passion and the rest will follow.
If you’re passionate about something and you can do it better than anyone else, then it stands to reason that no one in that field can ever beat you.
If you have a dream or a goal such as becoming a millionaire and you fall short of that goal at say $750,000, are you going to be upset?
No, of course not!
You’re going to be rich!!
So, the point here is to aim and strive to become your best and accept that you will make mistakes along the way.
No one ever got good at anything without practicing that skill extensively.
If you want to be awesome at whatever it is you do:
Then you have to practice, practice, and practice!
It’s only after you’ve completed tons of practice that you truly become awesome at it.
One of the greatest outlets in life is developing a great hobby.
Think about it:
Whether it’s fishing, golf, or a game of basketball, it doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby either.
What matters is that you enjoy the activity and your time spent playing.
Enrich your life through a hobby.
If you never fall, then you’ll never succeed.
The two go hand in hand.
Another great way to say this is:
If you never try, you’ll never succeed.
When you try and fail, you will learn from that failure.
Once you get back up, you’ll try again and then you’ll succeed.
If I’ve said it once, then I’ll say it again:
In life, you have to try.
Trying sometimes means you’ll fail and learn from that failure.
But the other times it means you’ll succeed.
And guess what?
Both are good for you.
So, get out there and whatever it is, try!
It’s not productive to do nothing.
So, just keep your nerve about you and carry on!
Just carry on and you’ll get to a checkpoint sooner or later.
At that point, you can relax a bit, but until you reach that checkpoint you must keep at it and carry on with whatever the task may be.
If you’re really getting nervous then just freak out and lose your sanity.
Do it for a good 5 or more minutes and let your brain explode!
Once you’ve regained your sanity:
Then keep up the hustle and get yourself to that checkpoint where ever you define it to be.
They say that all the problems in the world can be solved by reading all the books in the world.
If you have an issue that’s not resolved or need to escape into a good novel, then books are your best friends.
It doesn’t have to be a hard copy either, it can even be an online eBook if you like.
Never let anyone tell you otherwise.
I know personally we sometimes fall into an agonizingly deep depression and the entire world sometimes seems to be against us.
Love and compassion can sometimes be found in hidden fruits in our lives.
I hate boredom.
I almost despise it.
Would life be worth living if every day was a boring uneventful day full of the mundane?
I think not.
You need some level of excitement and unanticipated challenges to overcome so that life becomes much more than just boring.
This is my personal favorite quote of all on this list.
What this quote says is that you need to convert your passive effort of finding yourself to an active effort in which you create yourself.
You can’t wait around for a miracle to happen.
You have to work for it!
We only get one chance at life.
So, why not live life to the fullest.
Experiment and be curious.
Don’t ever stop being a kid at heart.
Never lose your cool.
Stay calm in all your situations and be open-minded as to what’s possible in life.
Do all this and you’ll live a grand life.
People that care about the smaller things in life are destined to do great and large things.
Stop once in a while and take the time out of your busy schedule to spend some time with the ones you love and care for.
You only have one family in life.
Treat them with respect.
So undeniably true!
If you are someone that cares deeply for the well-being of your students and your school, then you’re going to make sure to teach them well.
It really does take love and passion for teaching in order for the brightest minds to develop a love of learning.
If you want to go on an adventure then open up a really good novel and start your journey today!
It doesn’t take long for you to realize how good some books can be.
You’ll soon discover you have mental wings by which you can ascend to the highest mountains!
Be a good person.
That sums up the above message in a nutshell.
Think about it:
If you’re a good person then you’ll discover that you attract other like-minded good people to your table.
If you’re a bad person, then you’ll wonder why you keep attracting bad people to your table.
You really are that good and special and precious.
Really, you are.
It takes a special person to make you smile.
If you enter a room, people immediately know your present and seek to emulate you and be around your company.
You’re a star; a positive influence on the world!
Among all the people you know, there is only a handful you consider to be your most important and intimate of friends.
The rest are simply there by association.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
But realize that your true friends are the ones you should hold most dear.
Quality over quantity, my friends.
It really is how you spend your days that counts, not how many days you spend.
A single day spent doing what you love is better than ten spent doing what you hate.
There are only a few things that are worthy of being cherished often.
There are literally a thousand different possible ways you can spend your days off.
If you use a bit of moxie and creativity:
You can spend your time in ways that only the rich can imagine!
How’s that for putting a sock on your left foot, ha ha.
Now, get out there and have some fun!
A good time doesn’t require thousands of people in attendance with a lot of different things to do.
You’re not going to be able to talk to all of them or do all of the activities available there anyways!
So, find one activity and a few of your friends to have fun with.
Everyone could use more time off and less time on.
I know some people that are working even through their weekends.
Some people absolutely need a week-long vacation away from work once a year to really unwind and relax (or even two)!
You must de-stress once in a while!
There’s a very sacred time when no one should bother you.
This time is known as “me” time.
It’s the time in your weekly schedule in which you’re not to be bothered or dealt with.
So sacred is this “me” time that you even have to count it as work.
Work that is necessary.
What are your thoughts?
Did any of these notes resonate with you on a personal level?