How book reading changed my life
Once upon a time there lived a strong woodcutter. Wood cutter went to a timber merchant seeking a job. Seeing his physique, timber merchant readily appointed him to the job. The pay was really good and so was the working conditions. Timber merchant gave him an ax and also showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, woodcutter bought 18 trees. His master was very happy and appreciated him for his efforts.
Motivated by his master’s word, the woodcutter worked harder the next day but he was able to cut down only 15 trees. Third day he tried even harder but was able to bring only 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees. Woodcutter thought that he must lose his strength. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.
The Timber merchant asked “When was the last time you had sharpened your ax?”
woodcutter replied, “Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”
Our lives have become somewhat similar to the above story. We are so busy in our daily activities that we never get time to work upon our knowledge, learn new skills and sharpen our axes.
How many of you have ever purchased self-help and motivational books, read 10-15 pages and then never completed it?
I am reading one book every week since the last one and a half years and I can say that completely changed my life. I have observed 360 degree shift in the way of I am thinking.
I was very much impatient, short tempered and easily stressed, but now I am not that much impatient, short tempered and easily stressed.
I was lacking self-awareness, now I am a bit self-aware.
All these I have learned and practiced over a period of time by learning books only.
It is said that you are the average of 5 people with whom you spend most of your time. May be your income, your habits, your skills and your attitude. All the thing you possess is the average of 5 people you spend most of your time on. So if you want to become rich spend time with rich people and automatically your income will start growing.
Some of you may ask that you want to become a millionaire, but why a millionaire would give you their time. So the best way to spend time with them is to read their book. If you want to become a millionaire read books written by Warren Buffet, Bill gates, Steve jobs, in this way you can spend your time on them and increase your average.
If you want to become a politician read books by great leaders Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam etc.
Anyone who starts reading books initially faces two major difficulties, How to develop a daily reading habit /how to remember what you have learned?
So, I am going to suggest is 3 ways by which you can make daily
i) Pick up correct books: Suppose you are having pain in your stomach and somebody give headache ,edicine , would take it. Choosing a book is like the same thing. You need to identify challenges you are facing in your life may it be time management, finance management, motivation, technical skills and pick up your book accordingly. The book related to your problem will have a better contact with you and you will get bored in between.
ii) Quit a book but never quit reading habit: if you lose your interest in any of the book in between, better to quit that book than quitting reading habit. Some books may not resonate with your thoughts and it is completely ok. Just move on to next book but don’t quit your habit.
iii) Share to remember longer: Whatever you learn, share with your friends, family or juniors. The more you share, the more time you will remember.
All successful personalities I this world have one habit in common, they read a lot. Young Elon Musk read for 10 hours each day before growing up to become Tesla CEO. Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates reads a new book every week. Warren Buffet spends about 8 hours a day reading. Book reading is actually not a habit but a way of life.
At last I would like only like to say “Only one thing can replace a book that is a next book. Today’s reader is tomorrow’s leader.”
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