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?