What do you think of when you her the word, ‘Success?’ Or, rather, who do you think of? Chances are, they are doing these 10 things every day.
I personally feel that there are very few problems that cannot be solved by reading more. Just by replacing one hour of tv a day with reading, you can gain deeper insight into how the world works. Or you can escape this world and travel to a completely different one. You can go back in time and learn from others’ mistakes, or you can catch up on current events and have more to discuss around the water cooler at work the next day. Bottom line: reading makes you smarter and more self aware. You can save a lot of time in your own journey to success by reading about the journey of those who came before you. Even frivolous reading has a ton of advantages, including but not limited to: expanding your vocabulary, opening your mind to new possibilities, allowing creative thought flow, and on and on. I can’t say enough how important reading is, but every paragraph needs an ending…
Learn To Apply Everything You Read
You mean it’s not enough just to read, I have to remember and apply my knowledge too? Apparently so. Really this is all about organization. Say you’ve decided to take on an hour of reading a day, and you get into the routine of things, and find a really good book. Every few sentences you stop and think to yourself, “Wow, that was really insightful, I’ll have to remember that for later,” and then you turn the page and immediately forget the last awesome thing, because you’re already in the middle of reading the next awesome thing. Slow down. If something strikes you as pertinent or inspiring, take the time to write it down! Not only will the act of writing engage more of your senses, therefore helping you to remember the passage, but having a record of what you read will help you look back and apply those lessons to every day situations. Win win.