One of the best skill anyone can have in this age is the ability to read, write, and be able to understand. It is a skill that can never be taken away from you once you acquire it. Some people have asked me questions about why I read and I’m sure other readers in my shoes have had the same experience. I never find it hard to explain to people why I read. There are any benefits of reading and it is better explained by considering the dangers of not reading.
What are the dangers of not reading:
- You get to miss out on someone’s experience about life
- You get to make mistakes which you shouldn’t have
- You might never expand your mind
- You lose valuable time trying to learn from scratch. When you read, you learn so much and gain years of experience
Sitting down to think about why people don’t read, I came up with five top reasons and a solution to these which are discussed below:
1. Financial commitment or cost
I do not have anything against this reason as books cost money but it is not not a good enough reason. You can start saving your change and as they say, little drops of water make a mighty ocean. Before you know it, this grows into a substantial form. You don’t have to buy brand new books. I invest heavily on used copies from Amazon. Most used books go for £0.01 with £2.80 going towards shipping.
Watch video below of how I was able to buy books for a penny (you read it right, this not a typo) and read this post to see our recommended book list.
You can also negotiate at book stands. You can visit your local library and learn about any subject area. A library card is free and is there for you. It is sad that only a few persons visit the library. You also have your friends who you can borrow from but remember to return them. But the best investment you can ever make is on yourself (your brain).
2. Their life experience
I am no judge and whatever your life experience, I want to say that it is in the past now and it is time to change. Someone said that “you must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change”. Never being able to see the benefits of reading books makes you stay in a particular situation. Life is about change and embracing it. Why not try to make reading a culture. Start with something light and find a favourite author. You can do 10 minutes a day. Jim Rohn said it best when he said, it is a shame when a man has a favourite place to eat but not a favourite author to read from.
3. Excuse of no time:
Well, this can be easily solved by reorganising your day and eliminating non-productive activities. I don’t know if you have heard of the 80/20 rule which states in simple terms, 80% of your results come from 20% of your activities. Imagine if you have an expert guiding you rather than the words of someone who has not achieved success? Just imagine what your results will look like. Life is what you make of it and you reap what you sow; more or less. Remember, life is what you make of it.
4. Excuse of not being interested or boring:
This is no excuse at all. Most readers never had the knacks for books but today, they have 1000s of books and they enjoy reading. This comes with time and patience. Think about the end goal and see if this will make a difference. As you progress, you will get better and hopefully, start enjoy reading that it will become hard for you to go through the day without reading. I encourage you to start small wherever you are.
5. They don’t see the value
For me, I was never a reader and found it hard to even read books related to school talk more of personal development books. My reading culture started with newspapers, web articles and then finally paperbacks after I discovered the value of reading and what I stood to lose by not reading. My mentor was the late Jim Rohn and his wisdom and words impacted my life. He said that
we should set a goal, not for what we will achieve but for what it will make of us to achieve it.
A man might put his years’ experience in a book, let’s say 40 years. This helps me to gain his 40 years’ experience simply by reading and acting on what I have read. I don’t have to make his own mistakes and I get to add 40 years’ experience to my life. This is of great value to me and I hope it is of great value to you too. I believe if you think of it this way, then reading personal development books will make a difference to you and before you know it, you will enjoy reading because it adds value to you.
For more information, visit my personal development book section where I have reviewed my top books. You have the option of buying them on Amazon using the method highlighted in the video below.
From my room of thoughts,
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