The biggest favor a person ever does to himself/herself is to develop a habit of reading. After realizing the importance of reading it can be safely term as reading is the single most indispensable habit which can change the fortunes for any person looking to do anything in life, either to excel in a particular field, looking to be a successful entrepreneur or for personal growth reading is the single most effective habit which can turn the tables.
A great many people do not read very much. An average person reads less than one book per year. In fact, according to a Gallup study of the most successful men and women in America, reading one nonfiction book per month will put you into the top 1 percent of living Americans.
There are a variety of reasons why people don’t read as much as they should. One is poor reading skills. Another reason why people don’t read is because they have not been told how important reading is. Irrespective of the field, be it sales, management, service, administration or any other field that relies on the written word to convey information and data, the ability to read well is absolutely critical to success.
Some people don’t read because they are simply lazy. They are surrounded by so many distractions, especially television, radio, socializing and other activities; they never get around to doing any serious reading. They are so busy and caught up in day-to-day activities and amusements that they put off reading and then never get around to it. If continued, this pattern could have devastating consequences.
One of the surest ways to gain a competitive advantage is by learning the ways how to develop the skills/interest in reading or how to maneuver the mindset towards reading.
Join 1% of Money Earners:
If you read one hour per day in your field, that will translate into about one book per week. One book per week translates into about 50 books per year. 50 books per year will translate into about 500 books over the next ten years.
Reading one book per month will put you into the top 1% of income earners in our society. But if you read one book per week, 50 books per year, that will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field. Regular reading will transform your life completely.
3% Investment Formula:
If we invest 3 percent of the income back into our self, by upgrading our knowledge and moving towards personal development, by spending 3 percent of what we earn on our own professional and personal development we can join the top 1% money earners.
Subscribe to every magazine in your field; buy every book written that can help you in your business and take all the additional training and seminars that you can find.
How Reading sees the top:
Earl Nightingale said many years ago that one hour per day of study in the chosen field was all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.
A single insight in a single article written by a specialist in any respective field can change the direction of anyone’s career. Remember the law of probabilities, the more ideas that we are expose to, the more likely it is that we will expose our self to the right idea at the right time.
Action Taking Exercises:
1. Seek successful people/managers/bloggers in your respective field and ask for their best book recommendations. Whatever advice they give immediately go out and buy those books, take them home and begin reading for one hour every morning before you start work.
2. When you read, underline and take notes when you find important ideas that you can use. Implement them immediately. Take action of some kind on good ideas. You will be astonished at the change and growth in your career.