The day I picked up my first book my life changed for the better.
Growing up my whole life was about sports. I played baseball, soccer, rugby, track and field and a bit of basketball. Books? No thank you.
They were my enemy. I’d do whatever I could to get out of reading books in school.
Anytime we were assigned a book to read, I’d dash off to the library and find a Coles Notes or some other book that summarized what I was supposed to read.
And that was being ambitious. I’d often rely on friends to ‘tell’ me what the book was all about.
The first books I really dug into were fiction. The Godfather, Shogun, Siddartha, The Alchemist…and others like that.
The First Chapter
But the day I picked up my first non-fiction business book something snapped. In a matter of a few hours or days I could soak up immense knowledge from others.
Where else can you pay $20-$50 or so and learn in a few days what it has taken the author years to learn? Where else can you spend less than $100 or so to access the findings from research and tests that cost hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars?
I can’t think of any truly successful entrepreneur that I’ve met that is not a book lover and a consumer of vast amounts of information.
Sharpen Your Sword
Information becomes your sword in the battle of business. The more you read and learn the sharper your sword gets and the more moves you pick up…making you stronger and putting you farther along the path in your journey to achieving complete success.
How often should you read?
Everyone is different.
We all have different goals, situations and schedules.
What I can tell you is that I have a busy schedule. Every day is packed full. But I still make time to read each day. Some days for an hour, some days less. And some days I can’t squeeze in the time.
But every time I read, I learn. I become more motivated, inspired and ready to take on the next day and make my businesses more successful.
How has reading impacted your life?