There is something wrong with society today.
We live in a world where we have an abundance of information. We have sites like Google, Bing, and YouTube. We have countless free eBooks and audiobooks that we can download and learn from. We have millions of great books that we can check out at the library or read for free at a Barnes and Noble. We have all this knowledge for us to use, but it seems like no one is really getting any more educated because of it.
One of the biggest reasons for this is because education has turned so many people off from learning, especially when it comes to reading books. After years of being forced to read books and give reports and presentations on them, students, by the time they graduate, never want to pick up another book ever again. In fact, 42% of college graduates never read another book for the rest of their life! This is a shame because if you study all the greats, from Steve Jobs to Sam Walton, you’ll find that they were all voracious readers.
This is because…
Reading is the habit of the highly successful
It’s not a coincidence that the billionaire investor Warren Buffett reads eight hours a day. “The more you learn, the more you earn,” Buffett says.
Bill Gates is another great who is well known for reading. Gates will actually take reading vacations for weeks at a time.
If you look at CEOs in the world, the average CEO reads one book a week. That’s 50+ books a year!
This is because the highly successful know that if they get the right book in their hands then the rest will naturally flow their way.
If you want to improve your life, there is no faster way to do so than by simply reading more.
Understand that knowledge from books is the key to living a good life so don’t be lazy in gathering the books that will teach you and instruct you on how to live the life that you want.
I believe that you can always tell what someone wants from life by just looking at the books that person reads. If someone says that they want to be a millionaire, look at the books that they’ve read. Do their books represent that of someone who wants to be a millionaire? Your library, the collection of books that you collect, will show what you really want in life.
But books will do more for you than just give you the knowledge that they provide. Books have the ability to cut the learning curve by years, even decades for you. This is because so many people have gone ahead of you in life, which means you can learn from them. You don’t need to learn everything the hard way through trial and error. Save yourself the time and effort.
As Socrates said,
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”
Warren Buffett said something similar,
“People learn from mistakes, but it doesn’t have to be their mistakes.”
In terms of quality of life, you couldn’t help but be healthier, happier, and financially more wealthy by just reading more. This is why I came up with the idea of starting a book club where I talk about the best ideas from the books I read. These are books and ideas that I think are the most important for changing your life.
This is obviously completely free to join and you will get all the benefits of reading a book without actually having to take the time to read the book yourself. So if you’re ready to improve your life by reading a book a day with me then join my book of the day club and see what positive effects it has on your life.
I hope to see you again!