We all know we should read. We all instinctively know that reading is somehow good for us. We know that reading provides us with knowledge and that the pen and book are absolutely fundamental to our growth and development.
Despite this general consensus within society, and even among the most avid Tom Bilyeu and Ryan Holiday fans, I would be a wealthy man indeed if I charged a dollar (or a pound, or a euro) every time I heard the phrase “But I don’t have time to read” or “if I had time to read” or “when I retire/go on holiday I will read but I can’t right now, I don’t have time.”
The problem with these types of responses is that not only are they terrible excuses, but they are also among the greatest lies that remain on our lips, ones we re-tell again and again without ever breaking a sweat. Simply put, not having time to read is a sure fire way to remain unproductive, unfulfilled and unhappy.
Perhaps, you- my dearest QUAKE Books Agents- think I am exaggerating. But I can assure you that I am not. I will let you in on a little known secret, one that will change your life, the way your view your personally-held beliefs, your family and your job.
Reading is a time machine
It really is. It takes you back in time, to another place different to your own, compresses your timeline and gives you it back further down the line. Dr Who isn’t the only with the Tardis… and everyone wants to be a Time Lord (or own a delorean) right?
Before you switch internet tabs or google something else, think about it. What must be learned and experienced in a lifetime of say 60 years, or more, can be written down in a year or two and read in a week. If you really want what you read to be integrated into your mindset and day-to-day activities, most of the effort will take between 30 days and six months. The jury is still out on the exact number of months needed but even with the most conservative of estimates that is still a saving of 59 years.
How productive is that? And that is just one book. Imagine the possibilities if you read one book a month…
Told you, reading is a time machine.
Communicating more precisely
Continuously spending time with a book will help you communicate more precisely with your spouse, children, parents and colleagues. By expanding your vocabulary, you can express meanings that will help you become more effective at home and at work. Deep reading will help you exercise discipline over distractions that fritter away your attention. It will enable you to process your thoughts and actions better, given that neurons that fire together, wire together. It will make you more productive and more successful. If you don’t believe me just ask Richard Branson or Bill Gates.
Getting the answers you need
Reading helps you scratch your own itch. Instead of asking the same questions over and over and getting the same answers from the same people, you can grab a book (physical, e-book or even audio) written by someone who has trodden the path before you, who has experienced what you are going through and come out of the other side…
Save time, make more
Reading the right book represents massive gains in time-saving and productivity, not to mention ease. Life is not meant to be hard, so why make it harder on yourself when it could be so simple. Why go through the brambles if someone has cut a path? In addition, the ability to build on the foundations laid by someone else can provide a sense of vigour, purpose and vision.
So now you know why you should you read but what should you read? Well here at QUAKE Books HQ we make that choice easier with book reviews in our various categories, ranging from biographies, to blogs and social networks and onto neuroscience! Don’t forget you can always ask me via email or Twitter, if you are looking for something specific! So join up to our Agent Brief newsletter as the first step into my time machine, there is more around the corner but you will just have to wait!
Photos by Petr Kratochvil and Thomas Hawk. Edition by lugacapa.