Every day we receive words of wisdom from Leonard Steinberg, our Chief Evangelist in NY. I really love to read. I am in a book club, have five books on my bed stand, and yet I don’t read as much as I should.
How much do you read? One thing many very successful people have in common is that they read a lot. Mark Cuban reads 3 hours per day. Bill Gates reads 50 books per year. Reading is about learning. Warren Buffet famously said: “The more you learn, the more you earn.” Only 2% of Americans read daily…..how much do you read?
These days reading a book is not the only way to ‘read.’ In our smart, connected society there are many other outlets that allow you to read anywhere, anytime. I always had great difficulty reading as I suffered from a milder form of Attention Deficit Disorder. I simply could not concentrate long enough to focus on one book at a time. Starting and completing a book was extremely challenging. My reading improved the minute I started to focus on reading books that I felt would directly impact and improve my knowledge. I forced myself to read to LEARN more than simply to read.
Here are some ideas on how to increase your reading (and learning) if you aren’t doing so already:
1. Establish a list of books you would like to read. Start with things that make you EXCITED to read. Pick subject matter that you feel may teach you something of value instantly.
2. Copy and paste articles you’d like to read and place them in a folder that allows easy access anytime. If you hate staring at a screen all day, print them.
3. Buy book summaries. Sometimes a 15-minute read can entice you to explore the full book. Often you can learn a great deal in these summaries.
4. A physical book is wonderful, but many prefer e-readers or reading on a tablet/smartphone. Set up an account to always have a book handy. Select multiple books.
5. Listen to books: If you don’t like or enjoy reading, LISTEN to an audio book….with your eyes closed. Or while driving/commuting/running.
6. Select 3 websites that contain subject matter you may find interesting and dedicate 30 minutes a day to read them. Reading news is reading too.
While earning more and improving your business is almost a certainty as a result of reading, many people read purely for enjoyment. Learning about history, art, philosophy and countless other subjects – not to mention fiction – can be a wonderful respite from your busy day.
Please let know of any good books you are reading!
Have a wonderful time learning and sharing.