Books are where things are explained, life is where things are not. All readers may not be leaders but all leaders are readers. Every successful person on earth; living and dead has been a reader. So if becoming successful in your life is your aim, then reading books is one thing you should be doing.
Today, if you want to make your dinner, you walk into the kitchen; turn on the stove and ignite the flame. You don’t invent fire to cook your meal.
When you travel somewhere you don’t have to invent a wheel. These things have all been already invented and improvised to suit our daily needs. Similarly, the keys to success in any endeavour – physical, emotional and financial aspects- have already been invented.
Many successful people have been generous enough to share their success secrets and wisdom through their books, so that people who read their books won’t have to struggle hard or repeat the same mistakes that they did.
Reading turns your learning curve shorter. Reading enables you to get into the minds of some of the greatest men and women and access their mental prowess. All you have to do is read and expose yourself to the ideas shared in books and make those ideas profitable and worthwhile action plans by implementing them.
If you want to be wealthy, study wealth. If you want to be fit and healthy, study health. If you want to be successful, study success. All it takes is study and practise.
What can great books do to you?
- Make you a great conversationalist
- Improve your diction and your vocabulary
- Give you ideas for your business and career
- Make you a great human being and an incredible leader
- Make you an amazing thinker and writer.
- ……the list goes on(and the benefits are many)
I have been an advocate of books and I recommend this habit to anyone who approaches me with questions like ‘how to be successful?’ or ‘how to master my craft?’.
Last year I managed to complete reading 25 plus books and this year I have set myself a target of reading 50 books. Surprisingly, I was able to complete 7 books in the month of January alone. At this rate, perhaps, if I continue reading I can read at least 70 books this year.
In this blog I would like to share with you, some ideas to read more books in a year.
Develop the habit:
“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.” – Horace Mann
You are what you repeatedly do. Anything becomes easy when you make it a habit. Habits are incredibly powerful. Think about brushing your teeth. Perhaps, this morning, you brushed without any effort or without forcing yourself to do so. It has become your second nature to get up in the morning and brush effortlessly without, in fact, your conscious involvement.
Such is the power of habits. This is true with any habit you have developed so far.
Make reading a habit. Once you make it a habit you simply can’t break that habit easily.
Good habits are hard to develop but easy to live with. Bad habits, on the other hand, are easy to develop but hard to live with. And reading definitely is an amazing habit that can pay you positive dividends in the long run.
So make it a habit. Read daily!
One of the major challenges in the attainment of any goal, let alone reading books, is the distractions that you face when you are working towards that goal. Distractions come in all shapes and sizes and forms. It could be your smart phone constantly nudging you with a text message on Whatsapp or Messenger. It could be a trivial email on your computer that pops up when you are reading. Or it could be your friend waiting to dump a truck-load of gossip about the neighbourhood.
Don’t let the distractions distract you. Isolate yourself. Once you pick a book and settle down for reading, set a target of, say 30 pages and then complete those many pages before you do something else. 30 pages a day or more is enough for you to complete reading an average-sized book in a week.
Substitute books to TV:
“Successful people have big libraries, others have big TV screens.”, Jim Rohn quipped .
According to a Nielsen study in 2010, Americans watch an average of 2079 minutes of TV per week, which equates to 4.95 hours of TV per day.
Now, that is alarming!
90% of everything that is broadcasted on TV these days is nonsense and it clearly drains your energy. Swapping channels and sprawling on your couch all day long, won’t help you achieve the goals you set for yourself. You might as well try to make cake out of cement. It is therefore highly recommended that you must reduce the amount of time spent parked in front of the IDIOT BOX and substitute books for TV.
Remember, your mind is a mental factory and whatever you put inside becomes the ingredients. And the ingredients for success generally are not available on TV but in books.
Build a BIG library instead. Collect all the books available on the subjects you seek to master and read those books. Be it public speaking, passive income or physical fitness. The very sight of a huge pile of books in your shelf will tempt your hands to reach out; fetch one and start reading.
A lot of people find it to be a laborious task to actually turn the pages and read a book line by line. Audio books were introduced so that those excuses can be eliminated. You can listen to them during your commute to office, while driving your car or running in the morning.
Audio books can really bring the books alive and can double the speed at which you complete a book. They’re more readily accessible than a traditional book and easier to multi-task around. They can be taken nearly anywhere and are relatively easy to store whether they’re a data download or a compact disk or cassette tape. Certain subject matters may be less difficult to learn when listened to rather than read. But most books can be assimilated with ease as audio books.
Squeeze your time:
If reading books has so many benefits, then why is that people rarely develop this habit. One of the preeminent reasons is people don’t have time. Some are too busy at work and by the time they reach home, they sink into the bed and sign on to slumber land.
I once read this sign “If you don’t have time, Find time!”
So true, isn’t it?
If you don’t have something, you start searching for it until you find. Sadly, many people hide under this excuse for not reading books –lack of time.
But everyone on this planet have been give 24 hours in a day. No one gets an extra hour. No one is given less either. So the challenge is to squeeze your time and use it effectively to get what you want in life.
I always carry a couple of books in my back pack. I read when I travel in a train or a bus, I read when have to wait for a long time in a queue, I read when I am alone and there is no one to talk to. Literally, I read whenever I find time so that I can gain knowledge and information related to my career and personal development.
Read whenever you get an opportunity and you will thank yourself later for having inculcated this habit.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. If you can read one book a week, you will be able to ready at least 4 in a month, 50 in a year and in the course of 10 years you would have read 500 books. That kind of reading can make you one of the most learned and knowledgeable person alive. Those ideas can make you live your dreams.
Books have improved my life in every aspect. Reading is something I am most passionate about because with every book that I read I become happier, stronger and more financially successful.
One idea from one book can change your entire lifetime. So, how many books are you going to read this year?