Read Books

Reading books: shaded porch sunlight

This is one of the most important things I can tell someone.  It took me a while to be convinced it is true:

Reading is essential to success

Now I know what you are thinking.  Plenty of people have been successful that hate to read.  That doesn’t mean that they don’t.

I am talking about reading books.  It also can refer to articles, or other informative documents.  So, reading is a part of the process that makes people successful.

Reading changes who you are

You get tons of different perspectives with books.  Your mind changes on things.

Or you can learn more.  There is something there that wasn’t there before.

You discover how conversations flow and communication works.  It makes your mind connect these things together on your own.

The experiences that you gain through books are priceless.  These things transform into your own experiences.  You get to experience their experience.

Reading is a dynamic force in a static world

Forget about what everybody tells you.  Without other perspectives, you will constantly be reliving your own experiences over and over again.

Do not take this fact for granted.  The more you read, the more you can be a dynamic force in a world, that continues to be what it always has been.

If you read, the experiences you gather, can change you into something that changes things.  You may not always see how this change happens, but it does.

Read just to read

Who cares what you read?  Faulkner said to read everything, trash, etc.  Everything.

Pick something out and read it.

Expand your horizons.

Start reading something for the heck of it.

You will find something that gets your interested.

The more you read, the better you will be at finishing books.  The better you are at finishing books, the better you are at finishing things in life.

Reading makes you better

Reading can make you accomplish things.  You can finish a book, you can get something done.  So, now you have to confidence to get started on that idea you had a while back.

Maybe you wanted to build a website, or start selling something.  All you need to do is accomplish a few steps to get it going.

So, get it going.

Set up a strategy for reading

After you start reading.  You need to find a way to keep reading.

I’m serious.

It’s not as easy as it seems, because there is so much going on in life.

So here are my points for keeping to this strategy:

  • Set a timeframe for completion
  • Choose how much you would need to read every day (this is important, and it varies from book to book)
  • Remember to read EVERY day
  • Repeat

This is serious.  The more you read, the more you will want to read.  And you will see how important it is.

Did Thomas Jefferson become so successful because of his good looks?  NO!  He read every day.

Keep this in mind, and you can inherit the same secret he knew:

Reading books will change your life.


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