I was recently asked why I promote the collection of and reading of books in a digital age. That is a good question. When I speak of books however I do not limit that to the hard bound sheaf of papers commonly found in bookstores. Books include ebooks, books on tape, books on CD, books on DVD, books on MP3, trade publications, paperbacks, hardbound, magazines, and a number of other media that are used today to communicate ideas. Books are not dead yet.
After all that is what books are for – to communicate ideas. If you can do that with a CD or an RSS feed or an ebook that is fine. I could refer to all of this as media but I choose not to because the term is so broad and includes so much that I might not intend to include. Clay and charcoal are media in the artistic sense and they certainly can be used to convey ideas through art, but I am more concerned here about things other than art.
That is not to say that you should not concern yourselves about art or other beneficial matters in life. It is just beyond the scope of my mission here.
As you establish and maintain financial security and independence as well as over all personal success you free yourself to explore art, philosophy, music and any number of other interests that may have nothing to do with creating physical wealth. That is the purpose of our pursuit of financial independence and personal success – to free you to do all that you want to do beyond building wealth.
To put another way, building true wealth is about more than just financial wealth and building financial wealth is a step toward building all the other wealth in a life worth living.
Books – in all their forms, remain one of the most important and affordable tools to continue your education and self-improvement. Traditional paper books still dominate the industry, but you may choose the format you prefer. The important thing is to read (or listen to) as much information as you can that will lead you to the success you aspire to.
Books are extremely valuable. The world is changing – fast. The more you know the better prepared you are to adapt to that change and be successful.
There are few things that nearly all successful people have in common, but one of them is that nearly all of them read and most of them read a lot.
Emulate the successful – read books and grow rich in knowledge and understanding – create true wealth.
Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.