One of my resolutions this year was to read more.
As a child in school I hated reading.
I’d do ANYTHING you can think of to get out of reading a book that was assigned by a teacher.
I didn’t read books in school and I didn’t read them out of school either.
That all changed when I picked up a copy of the Godfather. Next it was Shogun. These were big, fat books. Longer than most novels. But they sucked me in…and I began to read all kinds of books.
I never looked back.
When I was running my business in Japan, reading books in English was such a pleasure. I’d go through a book a week – if not more often.
These were fat books. Longer than most novels. But they sucked me in…and I began to read all kinds of books.
Over the last year as I’ve worked to establish two new businesses I’ve found myself creating less time to pick up books. I still read, just not as often. And not enough.
My resolution changed that.
I decided I’d MAKE more time to read. And that’s what I’ve done.
As I write this I have 8 new books in front of me. From business, marketing and economics, to psychology, creativity, sales and fitness.
What’s amazing about reading is that every time you pick up a book you’ll find yourself thinking of new ideas for your own business and life. You’ll learn new things. Become more knowledgeable. Stimulate your mind. And be exposed to experiences, cultures, ideas and thoughts that you otherwise might never learn about.
The most successful people in the world read. The majority read A LOT. I read somewhere once that most established business people read 1 book a month. That’s 12 per year. I can’t say if that’s an accurate figure or not. But here’s something to think about…
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. – Mark Twain
Read that again. It’s quite powerful.
I have been sharing some of the best points, tips and strategies from books I review for publishers. I don’t often see your comments on those posts, but I do hope that you are finding them valuable and helpful.
I’m reviewing another book at this very moment and will share that with you soon.
In the meantime, pick up a book. And if you’re looking for tons of inspiration check out the Masters of Consulting Interviews (for intermediate and advanced consultants).
Learn and grow.