How many books do you have lying around the house right now? Here’s another one for you; how many have you actually finished? Of those finished, how much do you remember?
Let’s face it reading is definitely fundamental. Remember those commercials? After reading an article on Lifehacker focused on getting kids to read more, I immediately thought a simple idea provided would be great for those of all ages. Think about it, success and reading is a basic cause and effect.
Some of the most successful people alive today credit reading as a huge factor in their success. If you want to get all scientific about it check out this Buzzfeed article by Erin La Rosa. In it, she gives you a top 12 list of ways reading can improve your life backed up by links to scientific studies that can confirm these theories.
“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” – Warren Buffet
Now that I am older and I’d like to think a little wiser, it’s so clear to me how important education is. Looking at the connection between income inequality and education it’s so easy to understand why people who grow up in low-income environments have so much trouble reaching the quality of life that their high society counterparts have at their disposal. Sure if schools suck in your neighborhood you have some options but these often end in a catch 22.
Trying to reinforce good education habits at home is a good way of parenting, but if you’re working all the time how are you going to do that? Put your kind in a nice program? Nice idea, that costs money. Back to busting your ass and oh now you have to figure out a way for them to get to and from this program.
Want to move to a better neighborhood with better schools? You guessed it…more time away from home working. Before you know it your kids are grown and you’re a stranger to them. Here are some easy tips.
How do you make yourself and others read more? As suggested in that Lifehacker article I mentioned before, “To encourage kids to read new stories, a simple trick is to display some books face-out.” Use your imagination here.
For kids laying out, a few good books FACE OUT so you can see the cover will eventually provoke the kid to pick it up and start reading. So what if they’ve read it before. The benefits of re-reading a book are phenomenal and just reading, in general, is always positive. It doesn’t even matter what kind of book it is. Don’t sleep on comic books and magazines. Reading is reading.
Have you ever listened to an album many times or watched the same movie or television series more than once? What happens? Do you start to catch things you didn’t realize the first time? The same goes for reading. So, take this idea that was suggested for kids and use it on adults too! The first guinea pig should be….you.
Lay some of your favorite books out face first in the house and see what happens. Just in case you didn’t click on any of the links above or you needed a refresher (re-reading) of the knowledge nuggets, check out the top 10 list of Reasons Why People Who Read A Lot Are More Likely To Be Successful.
1. They have increased focus
2. They set goals
3. They spend time wisely
4. They have perspective
5. They are reflective
6. They have incredible writing and speaking skills
7. They have increased memory
8. They stay fresh
9. They are educated and informed
10. They read to relax
If you think the method or strategy mentioned in here will be enough to make you read more, then try it out, then let me know how it goes. Leave a reply in the message box below.