You must have heard about the importance of reading books more than a thousand times before and might even be bugged by it. Today I will show you an entirely different perspective.
I still remember how I started reading books. I heard since my childhood that reading is a good habit and it shows your intellectual level in the crowd. So when I started, I simply wanted to look intelligent :). Pretty unique reason right? I know.
Many people already have already written about the pros of inculcating a good reading habit and you can find a dozen of books on this, which again you probably won’t read if reading is not a habit! The real question here is: So why did I write this article?
The sense of responsibility:
I wrote it because I sincerely believe that I have the responsibility to share what I have learned from my experience.
Let me ask some questions:
What if Vishwanathan Anand is your chess coach?
What if you would have started Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg?
What if you are in partnership with Elon Musk?
What if you were assistant to Albert Einstein?
What if Arnold Schwarzenegger is your personal trainer?
The answer to all the above questions: You would have become the master in Chess, Business or Fitness due to these amazing mentors.
I personally believe you need a mentor to be successful. Now again, here is a question.
How to find the best mentor?
I have Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Paulo Coehlo, Elon Musk etc. as my mentor. Surprising, right? Don’t get surprised, I read them every day. Start reading books.#book #reading Winners don't do different things. They do things differently - Shiv Khera Click To Tweet
If you will visit a millionaire’s house you will definitely find a library and it’s not a coincidence. They invest their time in reading books and they value it. I guess reading good books may also have been a strong reason on why they are so successful.
So as per your interest pick a book-mentor and start reading on a regular basis. The best part is when you read, first you will find it interesting because you read out of curiosity but when you will read again, you will find it more informative as now you understand and connect with the writer. You are ready to choose your best mentor. 🙂
Now here is a secret. When you read for the third time you will start getting new thoughts and ideas in your mind. Must try.
How to develop reading habit?
I will share a personal experience to fuel your motivation. Back in 2000, comic series (Superman, Nagraj, Chacha Chaudhary, Captain America etc.) was the only popular book around me and buying a copy was not possible because my pocket money was 1 INR a day and the comic book was 8 INR.
So I found a convenient store who was lending a book for 50 Paise. After reading I had to return within a day, so I used to read 2 books in a day. Very soon I covered all the books from that store.
Now I thought I should get into some serious reading and I jumped into CHEAP magazines (Manorama, Grihshobha, Saras Salil etc.) because that’s what older people used to buy from that store.
Point to be noted here: I had a passion and somehow I got to know the importance of reading books.
One day I saw ‘You Can Win’ by Shiv Khera and this is the first book I wanted to buy and not rent because I wanted to add it in my collection permanently. I saved my pocket money and bought it. I have read this book over and over again because I had no option to buy a new book. That’s the point when I discovered:If you will read the same #book again you will find hidden #treasure Click To Tweet
Friends and family got to know about my interest and gifted some more interesting books which helped me to grow and learn.
Finally, I became a mature reader and moved on to bestsellers like Five Point Someone, The Outliers, The Emotional Intelligence, The Monk who sold his Ferrari, Rich Dad Poor Dad, The Secret and many more.
The point I want to make: You should make reading a habit and do it on a regular basis regardless of any hindrance. Be consistent.
Ayodeji, an active blogger also agrees with the same. He listed some interesting books to read.
No matter what you read-if you have a habit of reading, you will find your interest just like me. I started from cheap books and now I am reading the top ones and writing this blog. Hopefully, am doing a good job here (Haha!)
Where can you find interesting books?
In order to get the treasure, you have to dig deep and sometimes dig in dirt itself. Definitely, this will cost you something. You need to buy books.
I can help if you want to read: I am giving away some of my old collection for free
One thing I have realized over a period of time is that free advice is always dangerous. When someone gives you free advice they say what they think (mostly are just mind conjured ideas of things that “CAN BE”, but don’t usually have an experience. However, books are years of analyzed information and approved knowledge compiled for your benefit.Be #generous to pay for #books even you learned one good thing Click To Tweet
Here are some places you can buy books online.
I have used Amazon, eBay and Infibeam and they are all good. You can checkout more options on Google for cheap books online.
If this blog inspired you to read please leave a comment and share your experience. Feel free to ask any question.