Most people can invest in themselves for very little cash by simply reading more.
You can buy a bestselling author’s book for less than £10! You can then use the ideas contained to fix a bit of your life. As a way to invest in yourself that is a bargain!
I have stacks of books that I have read in full, skimmed or even waiting for me to start.
Some I come back to again and again rereading in full (and always finding new perspectives and solutions). Others I have favourite passages and chapters that I use for specific solutions.
The ideas and tactics that I have learned from reading continue to grow and grow.
The more I read the more that I can appreciate strategies that I can apply to my own life.
This is a subject I am sure that I will return to again.
Why don’t more people read?
A combination of distractions and invented excuses I think are the main reasons.
The internet, television and smartphones spend billions of dollars specifically to us from more worthwhile pursuits.
I am not immune to business tactics that monopolise our attention. But I do try to read as often as I can.
I think that you want to be as present as possible to read. Soak up as much information as you can with a notepad and pencil available to annotate and make notes. I am aware that some people advocate that if a book is worth reading once then it’s worth reading twice. The second time through being the time that you take notes.
I get the heavy eyelids as much as the next man when it comes to powering through books. A problem to which I have not really found a solution to yet.
As with everything worth doing little and often is going to be much better than nothing. So I try and fit into my daily commute reading time and 20mins or so in the evening.
Not got into the habit of reading yet? Set yourself a target of a couple of pages a day. Trust me after a couple of pages you’ll want to keep going. Just that small target will help you make strides in the right direction.
What should you start reading?
Some non-fiction business books can be hard going so I always recommend Richard Branson’s Losing My Virginity as a great first book. There is a great story and it can ignite the flame to find out more.
The book that helped to kick-start my interest in reading was Born To Run by Christopher Mcdougall, which is a book about barefoot running and an interesting critique of the running shoe industry.
Anyway, I want to read more and share my tactics for reading and what to read.
By writing about this I will have to up my reading volume and sharing and what I learn.
I am currently reading Becoming the Iceman by Wim Hoff & Justin Rosales, it’s about pushing past extreme cold weather and some eyewatering endurance records. For anyone that knows me I am very much a fair weather guy. From reading this I really hope to develop a tougher skin and get out to enjoy more brutal conditions. Well the UK winter at least.
Thanks for reading, please fire me any book suggestions that you feel I would love to read.