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According to statistics, 42% of the people who left college never pick up another book again. This is an alarming statistic. Where do we learn from when we are young? We learn from listening to what are around us, learning from the role models and we learn from reading books too.
Why read a book?
“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu”
We have only a finite amount of time in our life. Much about learning is through trial and error and if we are trying to learn everything by ourselves, it is going to take much more than a life time to learn it. In short, reading is a short cut to success.
What do I mean? Books are written by people who want to share their expertise or experience and there are millions or billions of books out there written by people who have went through the scenarios that we are facing and they have provided the resources to help us. So why not use them?
Those are the people who have already been there and done that. With them teaching you and acting as mentor, you will only accelerate your growth much more faster than walking the path on your own.
Lets take an example. If you want to learn how to cook a delicious steak, it is possible to try to perfect the recipe by trial and error and end up wasting several pieces of the expensive steak due to some failure. What if you choose to learn from the recipes found in the book written by a world renown chef? You cut back the trying time and gain the expected results faster.
What are the other benefits of reading? It is affordable and you can be entertained for a long time!
Kick start your reading now
Find the places where the books are – You can always visit your local book stores or if you want the books to be delivered to you, you can always try visiting Amazon. They have a huge collection there and one thing I like about buying at Amazon is the huge collection of books they have and the books are relatively cheaper than my local bookstores. You can always visit a library for free resources too.
Once you have determined where you would like to pick up your book. I recommend that you pick up a small book if you have not been reading for years. Pick up a small book rather then a book with 500 pages with a font like identical to the size of an ant, or else the book is going to end up in the shelf sooner then later. You can read all the Harry Potter books you want (The book is good), but make sure that you include some personal development books or technical books that you can learn something from.
5 Tips on reading.
1. Read with an open mind – When you are learning or reading, it is important that you do not assume that you know everything. Such a mindset can only help to close the doors for learning. Read with an open mind and you will find that there are a lot more lessons you can pick up from books that will enhance your life.
2. Taking action – If you read books and place it back to the shelf without applying the new knowledge available to you. You have wasted the amount of time you spent on the book. I believe lots of people are guilty of reading and reading but taking no action to implement what they learned. Make it a point to apply at least 1 one thing you had picked up from the book into your life and you will start to see gradual changes into your life.
3. Worrying – Don’t ever worry about how others are thinking about what you read. I personally faced this problem before. When I was reading personal development or success books, one of my friends will question me whether reading those books will help and laughed at me for reading those books. I was disturbed by his reaction but I got over it soon as I believe in the benefits of reading those books. Don’t ever worry about how others are thinking about what you are reading. It is your interest and your desire to be better and they don’t understand it.
**Note** The last time I saw that friend of mine, he was reading personal development books too. *Shrug*
4. Reading time – Read at the speed you are capable of. Don’t ever say you have not enough time to read a book. Everybody have 24 hours a day and why some people can find the time to read and why can’t you? You can wake up 30 minutes earlier to read the book or read the book during traveling. Pick up books on speed reading and learn to read faster to save up more time.
5. Finish the book – Don’t ever put the book back to the shelf without finishing it. How do you reach the finishing line at the 100 meter mark if you are always giving up after a few steps? Some people have make it a habit to read only the first few chapters of the book and putting it back to the shelf only to not touch it again. This is not the habit you want. Choose to finish the book.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body
Sir Richard Steele”
So exercise your mind now and enjoy your journey towards success. Here are some good personal development books that I recommend, Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins, First Things First and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R.Covey. Happy reading.
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