The habit of reading opens minds, strengthens memory and gives us the key to a world of endless knowledge. We should do it more often!
Reading, a skill that we shouldn’t take for granted
The habit of reading is something that we all understand as essentially beneficial and yet, as with other essentially beneficial habits, such as doing some exercise and drinking lots of water, we often ignore it.
Our childhood is marked by those moments when we learned to spell those complicated words and learned how to write our names for the first time, isn’t it? Knowing how to read, how to write felt an absolute super power, an ancestral skill, a code language. But then, those years of school came in which we were forced to spend hours in front of books that we were not passionate about, to read stories that bored us and soon, reading became the opposite of what was fun and exciting.
There were always those “weird” children who seemed to be happy to spend an entire afternoon with their noses buried in the pages of some book. Maybe, you were one of those “weird kids”, and I congratulate you for that. If it wasn’t your case, let me tell you the true secret: that child you remember, they were not strange, they just had the luck of having found a book that excited them, proving that reading wasn’t a tedious school task, but a door to thousands of endless adventures, to other lands, other lives. Then, they would discover everything that they can learn from a book, beyond the school curriculum.
The key is to find something what would motivate you to get into the habit. For some, it is the emotion of a good story, for others, it is the emotion of knowledge. Knowledge is power: power to improve a skill, to change careers, to raise your income, to build a better life… That power is also found between the pages of many books. Your future may be reflected in the people you surround yourself with today and the books you read now. And if you don’t read… You neglect an important part of yourself and your future.
The power that reading gives you
These are some skills that improve thanks to reading.
1. It increases your perception of the world
You expose yourself to information, news, stories and experiences of other people and other places. If you read biographies of historical figures or people of great success, you acquire knowledge through their experiences. You expand the boundaries of your mind, and it makes you see the possibilities that exist and to which you can aspire.
2. It improves your concentration
If you don’t have the habit, you have to start little by little, but try to read a little more each day, read paying attention to the words and the details. It is an exercise for that muscle that is the brain, and it gets stronger every day, more prone to grasp the small details in each situation and to better remember everything that is learned, read and heard.
3. It makes you more decisive
When you read about a situation and the possible solutions to a challenge, you acquire that knowledge, even if you haven’t experienced it before. It will make you able to face many more challenges in life, because you won’t lack ideas to find solutions.
4. Feed your ability to imagine
A successful entrepreneur must be, above all, a dreamer. Through reading, you encourage your imagination and with it, your ability of creativity and your enthusiasm to dream. If you can imagine it, you can do it… So, never stop dreaming!
Tips to read more and better
1. First of all, read with passion
If you don’t like what you are reading and you have very little interest in what happens or what is explained in those pages, it is time to close the book and find another one. One of the main reasons why many people don’t read as adults is that as children, they were forced to read books they hated, so, don’t make the same mistake. There are many books, and you will undoubtedly find the ones that will interest you the most, the ones that will teach you the most and the ones that will grab your attention the most, but never read with boredom.
2. Read every day
If you have the habit of reading articles or the newspaper, it’s fine, but take the responsibility to read a bit of a book every day, be it a page or a chapter. There are days when you have less time, but you can read a page before going to bed.
3. Read everything
As for the topics, it doesn’t matter, just read. It is obvious that educational books, self-help books, biographies, development, leadership… These will have a greater impact on your mind and your life, but it is also necessary to cultivate reading as pleasure, as well as reading as a tool. The latter without the former won’t get you deep enough. Don’t be afraid to add fiction, whether drama, fantasy, mystery, detective stories or even romantic ones to your library, if you like it, read it!
4. Take notes, without fear
Many people treat books as expensive decorations. In my opinion, worn backs and covers of the books and folded pages tell me that a book has given much more to its owner than a book in perfect condition that never seems to have been moved off the shelf. If you need to underline, write down notes, point out the best chapters to consult them later… Do it. It’s your book, and you should be able to get all the juice you want out of it.