For the majority of my life I HATED to read.
I’m not sure what it was but it just didn’t appeal to me. My guess is that early on in my life my world revolved around sports and there were very few things outside of that that interested me. Sure, it’s fine to read fiction books, but it’s tough to sit down and read a non-fiction book if you’re not interested in the topic and would rather being doing something else with your time.
The problem (well, one of the many) with our world these days is that once kids graduate high school or college they feel their learning is over.
There are too many things that we’d rather do with our time and ‘there just isn’t enough time to read.’
WRONG! There isn’t time for you not to read!
The reality is that if you never improve yourself, even after you graduate college, then you’re going to get left behind.
If you’re not constantly filling your brain with new information, learning new techniques, or simply expanding your horizons then it’s merely a matter of time before you’re left in the dust and wondering why you’re not getting hired for jobs or landing the new promotion that you’ve been desperately seeking.
About 5 years ago, after leaving college and being a relative bum for a lengthy period of time, I started to pick up reading again and it’s changed my world in more ways than I can imagine.
It’s now gotten to the point where if I go for a long period of time without picking up a book then I start to feel there is something missing in my life.
There are brilliant people out in this world that have written things about ANYTHING you could ever want to know, yet we choose to stay true to the status quo and forgo the wealth of information for the precious time of watching television or running the kids to every sporting event known to man.
I haven’t done this intentionally but because of what I do as a living I’ve been able to interact more with people than ever before. This access has also allowed me to internally analyze them and study personality types.
It often intrigues me when I recommend books for people to read and on one hand a few take the advice, delve into the knowledge and come back and tell me how it’s helped them, changed their outlook on things, and given them knowledge and know-how that they wouldn’t have otherwise received.
However, for a reason I’ve still been unable to figure out, some just won’t go do it!
I don’t care if you don’t like to read, I don’t care if it doesn’t interest you, JUST GO DO IT!
Do you know what’s mind boggling though? Sarcastically. The people that take the time to learn, evolve, and develop themselves get further ahead in life. They expand their knowledge, perspective, understanding, and value to their families, employers, and to the world.
Whereas, more often-than-not the people that chose to allocate their time doing something that was more valuable to them (or something ‘more fun’) never end up figuring out what’s wrong and they get frustrated when they’re still in the same position they found themselves 3, 6, or 12 months prior.
The last part of the quote by Spurgeon struck me the most as I’ve found it to be indisputably true:
A reader and fellow blogger, Karl from CultofMoney, said it well in a comment on the site a few days ago: “this human race of ours will do wonders as soon as you can learn from the mistakes of other people. Imagine if you were the last human to overspend and hit bottom.
There is nothing wrong with people that are content with where they are in their lives, and therefore choose not to read because they just don’t care. However, I’d suggest that if you want to strive to be the best husband, father, wife, mother, co-worker, friend, employee, Christian, or human being that you can be, then you have to stop being a lazy, uninformed, sorry excuse for mankind and READ!
Knowledge is power, however knowledge that is applied will prove the difference at the end of the day.
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