Don’t read books!

May 15, 2011 — 2 Comments

Reading books does nothing but waste your valuable time in life.  If anything, just wait until the books come out in movie form and then watch the movie. This will save you countless hours!

While you’re at it, don’t work hard because it’s not worth it. Don’t save money because tomorrow could be your last day. All great advice.

Convincing enough? Hopefully not!  Many of the most influential and greatest minds of our times got to where they were thanks to reading.

What do great minds think of reading?

• A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. – Mark Twain
• Much of my reading… gave fixity and clearness to my ideas – Andrew Carnegie
• In the hand of a sensitive reader, a book has the power to transcend the text it contains and become something magical – Thomas Jefferson
• The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest minds of past centuries – Rene Descartes
• If it’s wisdom you’re seeking, you’re going to spend a lot of time sitting on your ass and reading – Charlie Munger

Are you convinced that reading is worth it? Hopefully so!

There are some great fiction books with great moral tales and lessons, but there are also many that are only a step above television programming. That’s why most learning is from non-fiction.

When I graduated from college it took me a long time to find pleasure in reading. I was burnt out after school and made no specific plans to stop reading, I just didn’t pick up a book. Sixteen years of formal education has a way of doing that.

These are some of the advantages from reading:

1. You can pursue what you really enjoy learning about
2. You can read about multiple views of one subject; instead of relying on one teacher’s opinion
3. It can productively fill your time while you’re trying to figure out what to do in life.
4. It helps you learn how much you (and we) don’t know

When I started reading, I didn’t really know if reading was going to do anything for me besides help pass the time.

Since then, I read at least 100 books between 2007 and 2010. I hope to continue at that rate and even accelerate it.

If you want to start reading, try to make yourself an expert on something that you’re interested in. As the saying goes, if you read three books on a subject you will be an expert! Challenge yourself to do that and after the three books you should know if reading is for you.

One final piece of advice. Don’t let one book ruin all of your reading. Some subjects and some authors are drier than the desert and some are incredibly difficult to read.

I’ve never had much luck with the ‘classics’ as they’re typically written in an older style and aren’t easy to breeze through. This is where the beauty of Amazon reviews come into play!

How often do you read? What is your favorite book?

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2 responses to Don’t read books!

  1. I whole hardily agree with your thoughts on reading. I read several hundred books a year. I try to maintain a book review blog as well as writing book reviews for Amazon, only I always end up picking up another book to read before getting on the computer to write up the review! Some of the books on your reading list I have read. I do agree with reading in the field that you are most interested in. And then when something else pokes at you, read a few books in that area and then it just starts off a chain reaction. I don’t know why everyone isn’t lost in books!

    One interesting use I have found for my Kindle is the ability to download sample books for free. I have found that downloading about 10 samples on the same topic usually gives you a high percentage of what you needed to know about a topic, or at least helps you to know which book to buy or check out of the library!

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

    • Gail – that’s impressive… hundreds of books a year??? I love the approach of starting on a subject and spider webbing through the subject to learn more and more. I’ve read a few free books on Kindle – what’s your opinion of the quality of the books?

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