By Patrick Esposito
Reading is a basic skill that most people in the world are proficient at. It is a skill that is taught when very young, and can be enjoyed all lifelong. Most people develop this skill and usually peak somewhere in their teen years. Then there are those who realize how important this skill is and take it to a much higher level.
Why do some people love to read and others don’t? Some people may read a book a month, or even 1-2 books a week, and others may not even read 5 books a year. Why the disparity? Reading gives you the best value and is the most enjoyable form of entertainment. It helps keep the mind young and nimble, while being able to learn and be entertained all at the same time.
In today’s world there are many things to preoccupy our time. Many people, especially kids, spend far too much time on the computer. Kids age 8-18 spend on average 44.5 hours per week on the computer. To put it in perspective, most adults don’t work that many hours a week. The person will become what the mind dwells upon. I am sure the majority of the time kids spend online is not on educational sites that help develop the mind. Some of these places are dark places to go, and others are just games used to entertain and pass the time.
Life is too short, let’s fill our minds with knowledge, education, and history. There are so many books available, on various subjects, that there is no reason not to spend time reading. Reading some of the best books ever written can affect your life tremendously, and conversely, reading books not worth reading can affect you in a poor way. How many self-help books does the average person read in a year? When you listen to some of the most successful people in the world share how they spend their time, they will tell you about the books that they read. As they say, “If you want to be successful, do what successful people do.”
If you are a successful executive or business owner, you probably already read your fair share of books. Most of the people reading this article probably enjoy reading and read whenever they can. Reading affects the mind and how one thinks. It affects the body as well as the brain. It could have a calming effect, as well as an exciting, exhilarating result. It could help sprout ideas, as well as making one think and really use the mind. It is probably the number one activity, besides walking, that everyone should be encouraged to do to live a long and healthy life.
Don’t stop at one book and say that is it for a while, but be encouraged to read more and more. In fact after reading a good book, that is when it is best to start on another one. Many people read two, three, or more books at once. If you want more out of life, read more books. If you really want much more out of life, read really good books, the best books you can find. There are many to choose from.
Pat Esposito is an entrepreneur, an author, and a runner. He wrote Peter the Speed Reader. Learn how Peter became a speed reader, and how you can too. He is also the founder of Selfpublishauthors.com