Why Read Books?


There is a famous saying, “Who we become in 5 years depends on the people we meet, the places we go and the BOOKS WE READ”. A few years ago, I NEVER read books- I was a terrible reader but a very visual learning person. I guess that is why I’m a photographer! LOL! However, once I was introduced to the power of personal development via audio lectures by amazing inspirational speakers like Jim Rohn, the father of personal development, book reading became an amazing learning source for me. Jim Rohn kept mentioning the importance of books so I tested the waters and got hooked. The things I’ve learned from books has changed my life and I when I speak, I often mention things that I’ve learned from books. You’ll be amazed how much you can learn in a year by reading a few books. Many people say it’s important to read books but they never explain why, so let me list a few reasons…

Three Reasons Why We Should Read Books…

1. Books are an efficient way of learning. Many non-fiction books pack most of the great information within the first two chapters so you can get 80% of the content without having to read the entire book!
2. Books can target the areas of knowledge we lack. For example, If we don’t know much about branding- we can find a great book about it, if we want to network with people better- we can find a book about it and so on. Whatever we want to learn, it is usually found in a good book. Books round us out, feed our minds with new information that will energize and inspire us to be better in life.
3. Inexpensive way of learning quality information! Heck most great books are GREAT BARGAINS. I like to pick books that have a proven record with tons of good reviews. I like to look for those books on Amazon with over a 100 reviews and have at least 4 stars. These types of books are usually best sellers and come in a paperback version which lowers the price dramatically and can be found for around $10, even hardbacks are usually around $15. If you consider the cost of college at $15K per year, books are a BARGAIN!! I suggest spending $200 a year on books as a starting point. Start slow and try reading one book a month. Go to your local library and find many great books to read at NO COST! The person who loves to learn new things will enjoy reading.

Remember there are also a lot of books like romance and fiction novels that might be fun to read but don’t really help us with our business. Create a balanced reading list. SHARE WITH US YOUR LIST OF BEST BOOKS!

Books I’m currently reading…

A One Year Reading List for Non-Readers… one book a month for 12 months in no particular order. Please share this list with a friend!

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December 30, 2010 - 10:47 am

Riz Crescini - Very true, Scott! I owe much of my personal growth through reading.

My current reading list: 1) Visionmonger by Dave DuChemin 2) Take the Risk by Ben Carson 3) Visual Poetry by Chris Orwig 4) Art & Fear by Bayles and Orland 5) Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson

December 30, 2010 - 11:29 am

Michelle Ng - One of my New Years resolutions is to read more books. I get my books on half.com and Amazon – really cheap!

I read “The Richest Man in Babylon” in college, and it’s great.

Here are the books I have sitting on my bookshelf to be read, most of which are from your suggested books from your website:

Outliers – Malcom Gladwell (I’m still reading this)
How to Win Friends & Influence People
Made To Stick

I’ll let you know how they go when I finish reading them. 🙂

Thanks for sharing this Scott!

Michelle

January 9, 2011 - 11:04 pm

Jenny - Thanks for the great reminder!!!! I need to get back into reading, I’m starting to feel pretty dumb these days.

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