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Growing up, I was never into reading books. In fact, I don’t think I read a single Shakespeare play in Highschool. Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth, Hamlet. I read none.
As I grew older, however, I soon realized that a good book can be your gateway to a more indpeth understanding of the world.
What Do I Read?
Here’s the beauty of it all.
At first, I thought that you had to read magazines like The Economist or books like The Intelligent Investor in order to gain some knowledge. I was very wrong.
You can read anything.
The only prerequisite is that you do some research before hand. At the end of the day, choosing a book that has been recommended by hundreds of professionals in a certain field is probably a good idea.
Credibility is key.
Do some google searches, cross reference them, and figure out what books show up over and over again!
I don’t care if you’re into self-help, motorcycles, sex-ed, business, gardening, design, history, or yoga.
A good book will fill your brain with invaluable information and knowledge that you will have forever. This is gold.
With Knowledge Should Come Action
The most important aspect of reading is that you take what you learn and apply it to your life! Put it into action.
Are you passionate about knitting? Read a few recommended books on the matter and improve your skills!
Want to become a better CEO? Read some highly regarded business magazines on management and leadership and get your butt going!
Knowledge is powerful by itself, yes. The true magic, however, happens when you turn this knowledge into action.
How Do You Find The Time?
In the morning, I set aside anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to read some real LEARNING material. Whatever it is that I’m interested at the time, I make a point of starting my day with this as it invigorates my mind for the day ahead.
At the end of the day, if I’m not too tired, I try to squeeze in some light reading. Your goal is to relax your mind as you prepare for sleep. With that, trying to read fiction (if you’re into that, as I am not), or something that will sooth the soul. For ecample, I frequently read travel blogs or magazines. Things that will make my mind wander as I sleep.
So, get to it. Read.