We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle
Tomas Laurinavicius urges people to make reading a priority:
“If you want to read more books, simply spend more time reading. If you don’t have time to read, make more time. Have a book always with you, read after you wake up, read when you commute to work, read while you wait for your morning coffee at the cafe. Having a break at work? Read. Read before the bed. All of these will add up and give you 20–40 pages a day which are around 2 books a month. I used to waste months without reading a single book.
“I hope I don’t need to tell you about the benefits of reading books as these are enormous. If some of the wealthiest people in the world like Warren Buffet and Mark Zuckerberg can read hundreds of books a year and Elon Musk can teach himself rocket science reading, it must be important. Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning. That’s why most successful people are reading books instead of wasting time watching TV”.
I agree. Reading expands your knowledge and your understanding. It helps you gain new insights. On average I read about 3 books a month. For me reading is not a race. It is about enjoying my reading and getting as much out of it as I can. Some books can be read quickly but the best ones need to be savored – they need some time to absorb.
If you want to know more you need to read. Videos are helpful but they do not replace reading. There is something about reading that helps us learn in a different and I think a deeper way.
Reading nonfiction teaches you much but I read good fiction too, it teaches in a different way and it is entertaining.
Make reading a daily habit. The benefits will be tremendous.
This is the 6th of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.
This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement.Wishing you well,
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.