Why you need to read to become successful...
Answer these questions to yourself or out loud, in whichever way you please. Do you want to be successful? Do you want to have financial freedom? Do you want to live an above average life? Do you read? If you do read, have you read more than five books in the last 12 months? If you answered “yes” to the first three questions and “no” to the last two, or even “yes” to the first four questions and “no” to the last question. That may be the answer, or at least one of the answers as to why you have not achieved all the goals you have set out to achieve at this point in your life.
According to a study developed by the Pew Research Center in 2013, the average American only reads five books in a year. That is less than one book a month and barely over one book a quarter. Whereas successful people read at least two books a month, which is 24 books a year and 20% more than the average American. Knowledge is power, and let me be the first to tell you, you cannot find your inner Einstein scrolling through timelines and “Netflix and chilling.” To live an above average life, you have to develop the discipline and the day-to-day habits of above average people. That means putting down the phone 20 minutes before bed and instead of mindlessly scrolling and further developing arthritis in the thumb of your dominant hand, picking up a book and spending the last 20 minutes of your day doing something productive. You can even trade your iPhone for your iPad and open up the Kindle app instead of cracking the spine of a book. This also means you can now read in the dark (which is not recommended, by the way) so you don’t even have to get out of bed to turn off the light after you read your chapter for the night.
Now, the question is, “what do I read?” Not knocking this book by any means, but if you answered "yes" to those first three questions above “50 Shades of Grey” is not going to cut it. Again, you want to develop the same habits as above average people, and successful individuals don’t read for entertainment, they read for self-improvement. In fact, only 11% of rich people making an income of $160,000 or more stated that they read for entertainment in an article published by Business Insider. So I am not making this up, these are pure facts from the above average tribe themselves. Plus, I am cutting the hard part out for you. Finish out the year strong and join our exclusive book club starting September 1st, reading one book a month and focusing on three key books to jumpstart your journey to success. When you subscribe you will receive weekly reading schedules to keep you on track, reminders, topics for discussion and takeaways from our favorite parts of each book!
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