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Now, Its Time to Master Time! (and Your Life)You have to live on twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul.
This timeless classic from the master Arnold Bennett is one of the first self-help books ever written and was a best-seller in both England and America. It remains as useful today as when it was written, and offers fresh and practical advice on how to make the most of the daily miracle of life.
Arnold Bennet offers some excellent ideas on how one might live (as opposed to just existing) within the confines of 24 hours a day. Bennett wrote that time is the most precious of commodities. He said that many books have been written on how to live on a certain amount of money each day. And he added that the old adage ''time is money'' understates the matter, as time can often produce money, but money cannot produce more time. Time is extremely limited, and Bennett urged others to make the best of the time remaining in their lives.
He asks you to seize your extra time, and make the most of it to improve yourself. Extra time could be found at the beginning of the day, by waking up early, and on the ride to work, on the way home from work, in the evening hours, and especially during the weekends. During this time, he prescribed improvement measures such as reading great literature, taking an interest in the arts, reflecting on life, and learning self-discipline.
In the book, Bennett offers the following advice:
Claim 90 minutes an evening for three evenings a week, to start with. More time can be found, but Bennett recommends starting small, instead of attempting a large enterprise and failing.
Those 90 minutes can be claimed in the evening, in the morning, on the train to and from work, or other time that isn't put to good use. He recommends evenings for most people, but it depends on your schedule.
Use that 90 minutes to improve yourself. Over the course of weeks and months, the knowledge gained in those chunks of time will add up to a significant amount.
Literature is not the only means of self-improvement. Other reading can be very beneficial, including learning more about your business, learning about the ''causes and effects'' of things, and learning about history and philosophy.
To put it in one simple sentence: To LIVE is what we are after and not simply to exist.
Chapter from the Book
The Daily Miracle
The Desire to Exceed One's Programme
Precautions Before Beginning
The Cause of the Trouble
Tennis and the Immortal Soul
Remember Human Nature
Controlling the Mind
The Reflective Mood
Interest in the Arts
Nothing in Life is Humdrum
Dangers to Avoid
Some Insights from the Book
1. If my typical man wishes to live fully and completely he must, in his mind, arrange a day within a day. And this inner day, a Chinese box in a larger Chinese box, must begin at 6 p.m. and end at 10 a.m.
2. And without the power to concentratethat is to say, without the power to dictate to the brain its task and to ensure obediencetrue life is impossible. Mind control is the first element of a full existence.
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