Did you know that every day in the US people spend an average of 4 hours watching TV, 3 hours listening to the radio, 14 minutes reading magazines and less than 3 minutes reading books?
It is often the case that if you enter the home of a successful person, you will be impressed by the size of their library.
However, if you walk into the home of a man who is barely getting by or having trouble making ends meet, the first thing you’ll notice is the size of his television.
They may sound like tired clichés, but “leaders are readers” and “to earn more, learn more” apply today more than ever. It’s also certain that CEOs and other achievers don’t just read books about business skills or their area of expertise. Much of their reading questions are likely to be motivational and in the area of personal development.
Reading biographies of successful people is an excellent motivational aid. They can be about world leaders and statesmen, business people, sports stars or people from the entertainment world. Most successful people have had to overcome many obstacles to achieve success. There are also many stories of ordinary people doing amazing things that are even easier to relate to. Stories like this are not only very entertaining, but also open our minds and show that anything is possible.
Find out how it’s done
While reading about highly successful people or people who have done extraordinary things shows us that there is no limit to what is possible, they usually don’t go into the nitty-gritty details of how we too can do extraordinary things or become highly successful. These stories are very inspiring and it’s fantastic to know that the seemingly impossible is possible, but that alone may not be enough.
Most of us need to know ‘how’ to change our own lives.
Whatever you want to achieve in life, it’s almost certain that someone will have already done something very similar, if not identical. Moreover, someone will almost certainly write about what they had to do and the steps they had to take to achieve their goals. You can save yourself weeks, months, even years of hard work by reading and studying what other people have already done. Even if what you’re trying to achieve isn’t identical, you’re sure to gain invaluable insights that you can use.
Some people find life a constant quest for education and self-growth, while others want to improve their lives but may not be sure how to begin. In both cases, there are many excellent books written by experts on personal development and maximizing human potential. These are books that specifically deal with success and achievement that can change people’s lives by breaking down the ‘how’.
It can really help both lifelong learners and people who want to earn more in their life.
Reading can change lives
Books have traditionally been the way most people discovered the life potential of commitment to personal development and personal growth.
Most of the classic works on personal development are now available as e-books, as are many of the modern greats and bestsellers. E-books are one of the easiest, most popular and most economical ways to expand your library and your mind.
The information they contain can change our lives forever if we read and use them.
Wisdom contained in the works of pioneers like Napoleon Hill ‘Think and grow rich’ and James Allen ‘How a man thinks’ and Wallace D. Wattles ‘The Science of Getting Rich’they are just as valid today as they were when they were first published decades ago.
Now there are so many thoughts vying for our attention that it’s easy to forget how much we can gain from reading. Reading is one of the oldest and still one of the greatest pastimes. It can educate, entertain and take us to other places. It can help reduce stress and relax us – and ensure we stay employable and up-to-date. It can also help us grow and become the people we want to be, become successful and enjoy the life of our dreams. Rediscovering or developing a passion for reading can do all that and more.