Robin Sharma says, “Ordinary people have big TVs, extraordinary people have big libraries.”
Do you aspire to be successful? Start by reading books.
Have you ever met a great reader who didn’t become successful? Absolutely not.
Readers are leaders. No, scrap that. Readers are extraordinary leaders.
It is often said that, “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far go with wise people”
Part of going far in life is spending time with great minds through consumptions of their life-changing books. No, walking with people doesn’t always have to include a face to face interaction.
One of the key formulas to becoming successful in life lies greatly in the act of reading intentionally.
Reading does to a man’s mind what food does to his stomach.
These are what great minded people had to say about reading…and how reading was and it still is part of the process of their reaching the top.
Elon Musk would read ten hours a day when he was in grade school. Today, not only is he the richest man in the world, but he’s also arguably one of the most respected billionaires.
Perhaps, it wasn’t only reading that brought him this far. But one thing still stands, he couldn’t be here without having spent a significant part of his life learning through reading.
Furthermore, the greatest investor of our generation, Warren Buffet, says, ”I read and think. So, I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”
Warren Buffet spends 80% of his day reading and suggests the same for any individual who desires the result he has today.
Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (which today is the largest charitable organization in the world) revealed that he got his motivation to establish the foundation from reading an article. This is what a single act of reading can do to a man.
According to his wife, Melinda, Bill reads almost 150 pages per hour. This can only be achieved through consistency.
Barrack Obama, the former president of the United States of America has once been described as the President most influenced by reading and writing since Abraham Lincoln. He’s a voracious reader who’s written series of books himself.
In his words, “I’ll probably read briefing papers or do paperwork or write stuff until about 11:30 p.m., and then I usually have about a half-hour to read before I go to bed, about midnight, 12:30 a.m., sometimes a little later.”
And the list goes on…
Are you convinced yet that reading can transform a man’s life for good? I want to believe you are.
Often times, I hear people say they simply do not find the motivation to read. They claim they want to but can’t seem to be able to.
Well, here’s the bitter truth. Nobody’s born a reader. It’s a learned habit through consistent practice. Hence, the only thing stopping you from reading is you. All you’ve got to do is just start. Just start.
I hope from now on you will make reading a lifestyle. Do that and you’re well on your way to become great in life.
Watch out for a list of life changing books in the next article.
Are you a reader? How has reading contributed to or changed your life? What do you have to say about readers? Kindly leave your comments in the comment section below. It’s a pleasure reading from you.
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