Did you know that 80% of people have not purchased a book in the last year? Did you know that 43% of college graduates never read after college? Did you know that 70% of US families have not been in a bookstore for 5 years or more?
I was fortunate to have been brought up in a home with lots of books and we read them.
The printing press was the single most influential invention of all time, at least in my humble opinion.
The whole world changed when books started being printed.
Books changed the face of religion, politics, industry, art and war.
Reading can open a world of new things and ideas to you. We can’t think of everything and books can turn your mind to other ideas and solutions. It may open up a whole new career idea for you.
As you read, your knowledge increases and gives you self-confidence. Reading about the successes of others can give you the confidence to know that you can also succeed just like they did. There are thousands of self-help books that can help you overcome the most perplexing issues keeping you from success.
Reading about what has happened in the past can help us avoid the same mistakes and to take paths that are proven. If you read that eating handfuls of apple seeds can kill you with cyanide poisoning, you are probably not going to eat handfuls of apple seeds. If you read that following a certain road will get you to your desired destination, you can avoid taking the wrong roads. You can also read to get information so you don’t fall victim to lies.
Before taking action, it’s good to read books that will give you guidance. Cookbooks and books on techniques can help you improve as you do your activities.
Reading also is a direct connection to your brain. As you read, other distractions are shut out and you communicate with your brain. Your brain can clear and gain focus through reading.
Reading can inspire you. Many people read scriptures daily or other inspirational books to give them a spiritual and inspirational boost.
Reading is like a spider web that links you to a vast network of ideas and creativity. By reading you are better able to look at your problems from other angles and gain knowledge from others on how to deal with it.
There are some really great books that help entrepreneurs.
The big daddy of them all is probably Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It seems to the be one book that has inspired a whole new genre of writing and success.
After you read that one, here is a list of other books I’ve found helpful and inspiring.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kyosaki
The Motivation Manifesto by Brendan Burchard.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsay.
I hope you will be inspired to begin a daily reading habit. It can change your world.