People often ask me how I find time to read as much as I do. (I read at least one new book a week.) The answer is that I’m afraid not to. When I crashed in business, in 1988, I made a commitment to spend two hours a day reading, listening, praying, and meditating on positive, encouraging material. The results were so obvious that now I find that when I want to jump forward in a new venture or area of success, I increase that time commitment.
Jim Rohn, perhaps the world’s leading motivator and speaker, says you can judge a person’s bank account by the size of his or her library. The marketing guru Dan Kennedy says he’s observed that people with tiny bank accounts tend to have no libraries, but they usually have big TVs.
A Stanford University study has indicated that if you read thirty to sixty minutes each day in your field of interest, in four to five years you will be a national authority.
All leaders are readers. Studies show that those who are readers are more positive, optimistic, and excited. Those who are not readers are more negative, pessimistic, and doubtful about their future.
Two books read by virtually all successful people are Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
I know of no quicker and surer way to jump to a higher level of success in your career, relationships, or bank account than to read. As Mr. Rohn says, “It isn’t what the book costs; it’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it.”
No More Dreaded Mondays