Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
Think way back to when you were in grade school…..
The school year was coming to an end, you felt the excitement of summer break quickly approaching, and you almost forgot for a minute about the one school related assignment you’d have all summer.
Chances are, you were assigned to read a book over the summer (limited by a common selection of 4-6 books).
Over the years, this educational approach has unfortunately turned many students off from reading.
Not because reading is not enjoyable, but because it was looked at as a chore more than a learning experience.
From a young age in school, most of us were told what to read.
A better approach would have been asking, what interests you? what would you like to read about?
This change alone reverses the idea behind reading altogether, from a daunted task to an exciting one.
Before reading any further in this post, take a short moment to watch my 3 minute video, which discusses this in more detail. Followed by the video, I will give you some key suggestions on how to find a book you’ll like and how to find more pleasure in reading itself.
(apologies on my few glances to the right mid-video….UPS guy was delivering a box at the door :))
If you’re already reading a book, excellent!
If not, that’s okay too.
You might also be thinking, “Ryan, I’m a busy person and I don’t have time to read.”
As I eluded to in the video, if you have time to browse the internet, your phone, and social media throughout the day, you can set aside time to read (even if it’s 10, 20, 30 minutes). This time will add up.
Find A Book That Suits You
Think for a moment about an area of your life that you want to improve. Maybe that is a hobby, a passion, or a skill you want to learn more about.
Example: Let’s say you want to learn how to become more productive on a daily basis.
From there, find a book that will accelerate your learning in that particular area. Maybe instead of learning about productivity, you want to learn about building a business, oriental wok cooking, or how to become a better public speaker.
Once you have a few topics in mind, narrow it down and find a few books that spark your interest.
You’ll then have a few great books to choose from.
Now that you’ve read this post on reading and the importance it can have, enjoy getting started on reading a book that excites you.
Note: If you want any book recommendations or would like to offer your own, please feel free e-mail me here. Share this video with someone below by clicking on the social media tabs!! –Ryan Malinowski