Are you trying to find the benefits and the power of reading books and learn how to develop a reading habit?
Congratulations, you have reached the right place to learn about how to develop a reading habit, a habit that can completely transform your life and also learn about some awesome benefits and power of reading books.
Believe me, reading habit has changed my life and completely transformed me.
I guarantee you that at the end of this article, you will truly be inspired by the power of reading books and would love to inculcate the habit of reading.
This blog was started with the intent to add value to people’s lives by inspiring them to read books, change habits, change the mindset and transform their lives and get the best out of them.
Before we move ahead to find out the power of reading books, first we need to understand why reading books is so important because until you identify a reason, it is less likely that you will inculcate a habit of reading.
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Importance and the power of reading books
In today’s age of social media and so much distraction around us, we have been completely fooled by the materialistic possession people tey to show us on social media.
This social media distraction had led us to not only underestimate the importance of reading books but to completely ignore it.
But always remember…
Books have made the book author J.K. Rowling billionaire.
The company which started selling books Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos billionaire and book readers Jack Ma, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet a billionaire.
I have seen various interviews of Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos and they all credit their success to the books they have read in their life.
Want to know about a fun fact?
All the people mentioned above are present on the list of the richest people on the planet.
They all are voracious readers and all of them believe in the superior habit of reading books.
Can you find a correlation here?
They all have been greatly benefited by the reading habit and the power of reading books.
I have seen and observed all of them in various interviews, and trust me the manner in which all of them praise reading will inspire you to start reading books.
Take out a list of the topmost rich people in the world you get inspired from and one thing you will find common in all of them which is reading.
This is the actual power of reading habit it has the ability to make you billions and get you into the top 1% people of the world.
What is in books that it has made people wealthy and successful and has fulfilled all the things they desired.
Books are words of wisdom spread in pages. Books help you connect with the greatest minds that have accomplished something in life. They reveal to you how great people have made things possible.
Power of reading books from an author POV
See when an author writes a book he/she pens down all the experiences, knowledge, skills and strategies of their life, the mistakes they committed in their life, what were the failures or temporary defeats they faced, how did they fight their struggles and how they came of out of it and made their lives successful.
And all these above things over an extended period of many years of the author’s life which can be 10 years, 20, 30 or maybe 40 years which is transferred in a small book of maybe 200,300 or 400 pages.
Years of experience gathered in a single book that you can read in a few hours. Galileo was aware of the power of reading books and the superpower that book can give and once said that “A reader lives a thousand lives”
A reader lives a thousand lives
For example, suppose an individual reads a book, he can now in a way live the life of the author of 10, 20 or 30 years by reading just a small book.
The individual can now learn from the experiences of the author, use their skills and strategies, get inspired from there how they got out of their struggling period, made their lives successful and save himself from committing the same mistakes and failures that the author faced.
Now, when you take the initiative to start reading a book. You can capitalize on the following points
- Acquire skills from an expert directly who have mastered the skill over the years so that you can save a lot of time and also give you a streamlined pathway to learn a specific skill.
- Learn from the failures he faced, that will save you from committing the same mistakes, make you wise, save your precious time and won’t let your efforts and energy go in vain
- You can also gain experience from his life, also the tricks, and strategies that worked for him. So that you can focus on tricks and strategies that work again saving your money, energy and a lot of time.
All the above things in just a few 100 pages book which you can easily read in a week or so.
An example to understand the power of reading books
The best example of this is the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. I hope most of the readers must have read this book or at least have heard of it. This book was written in the 1930s and this is to date a best-selling book.
It took 25 years for Napoleon Hill to write the book and people who have read this book might know that how Napoleon Hill wrote this book by interviewing 1000s of successful people and identify what are success principles which are common in those 1000s of people and how it made them successful.
Now when a person reads this book he will experience 1000s of people’s lives over an extended period of 25 years.
See how amazing this gets, he can get all the knowledge, skills and strategies and what mistakes they committed of 1000s of people and save himself from committing the same mistakes. Success in this way will become very much easier with a clear direction.
This is one of the greatest secret benefits of reading books. Books can be used to leverage knowledge, skills, and strategies and save you from failures.
Now here understand one thing I am not telling you that once you have read a ton of books you will stop making mistakes. No, absolutely not.
But one thing I surely can guarantee you is that once you start reading more and more books, the rate of you committing mistakes will get lower and lower because you will start getting clarity over things and knowledge that this happened in the life of that author and how he dealt with that.
A CEO reads many books
You must have read this somewhere or listened somewhere that an average CEO reads 52 books/year. That equals to1 book per week. Maybe it be Jack Ma, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg they all are aware of the amazing power of the books.
I love reading non-fiction books because of the sole reason that they provide us with insights on what people do when they get low in life. Books reveal to us the harsh reality of the individuals.
It is very motivating to read how that particular individual got out of the struggle or how he tackled the difficulties which make me think about how I can also clear all the difficulties in my life.
See how amazing this can get. You will be shocked and surprised by the transformation you will see in yourself.
People always tell this thing that “A man always learns from mistakes”, but the mistakes need not necessarily be yours.
Now, understand that I am not saying that once you read a ton of books you will avoid making mistakes.
No, you will make and commit mistakes but the rate of you making and committing mistakes will become lower and lower, because by reading books you will get aware of the ideas that work and that which won’t work.
I just request you to give one book a chance and read it. I am sure, you will have a paradigm shift.
What the top1% club believe about the power of reading books
The top1% of people do not read books because they are successful, they are successful because they have reading books for quite some time. They have understood and realized the awesome power of reading books which are still applicable today.
People who are in the top1%club know the fact that “Any problem in life, its solution must have been given in some book of the world”.
They read books because they believe the problem they are facing today or will be facing tomorrow its solution is present in some book of the world.
Successful people have books filled on their shelves. They have their own personal libraries because they believe there will come a day when one of those books kept on the shelf is going to solve their problem.
I came to know this fact while observing many interviews with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Mukesh Ambani. If you want to see this yourself go and watch “Inside Bill’s Brain” or read “Warren Buffet’s: Letter to shareholders”. These things will make you aware of how they wish to solve world problems and read books to do that.
Transformation in my life
What I was before inculcating the habit of reading books
- Full of self-doubt
- Had a fixed mindset
- Would cry over failures
- No direction in life
- Get angry when I lose the opportunity
- Got depressed easily
- Lack of self-confidence
- Also talked negatively
- Took criticism very strongly
- Lack of intent in doing anything
- Fussiness, not goal-oriented
- Not motivated enough to do things
- No clarity over things
- Thought destiny plays it role what I can do
- Always played the blame game
What I became after inculcating the habit of reading books
- Developed a growth mindset
- Understood failure is a part and parcel of success
- Would make sure I have enough knowledge to grab opportunities whenever possible
- Full of self-confidence
- I now face every problem and make sure I work on finding a solution for it
- Took criticism wisely from people who are experienced enough to give that criticism in that field
- Always being super positive
- Now I believe we make our own destiny
- I never play blame game now, I take full accountability of whatever happens
- Super motivated to do things
- There is a clear intent and clarity in doing things
Once you start reading, you will always be at a profit receiving end. Therefore, all you have to do is, just take the initiative to start reading.
At this moment when I am writing this answer, the world is in a situation where they need to be at home.
Trust me this is the most amazing time to grab a book and start your ride towards your dream transformation so that you can be a star you always aspired to be.
What are the other secret power of reading books?
- You get hindsight or point of view from different people.
- Your command over language gets better.
- You become more confident
- Your communication skills get better
- You become more disciplined and your focus increases.
- Your perspective towards life changes as you observe life from a different angle.
- Books charge you to take actions and execute your plan
- You move towards a path of being a leader because “Leaders are Readers“.
- The purpose of life changes because it now moves to a motive to help or bring a change to society.
How to develop a reading habit
People say to me that it is really difficult for me to start reading or maintain reading as a habit.
How do I cultivate the habit of reading and reap the benefits of reading? I start to feel bored in half an hour and am not able to concentrate.
This is a great question and I have a great tip to get you going. You have within you so many interests or hobbies like cricket, chess, gym, and whatnot. Cricket enthusiasts can read Sachin Tendulkar’s biography, VVS Laxman’s or Rahul Dravid. Business enthusiasts can read about Warren Buffet or Richard Branson.
Also the same goes for any hobby, just pick up something which interests you and you will never get bored. You get bored because you are forcing yourself to something which you don’t like.
Within time your interests will change as you will get different perspectives reading books. Then you can start trying different books and develop reading a habit.
Compounding on the benefits and power of reading books
Compounding works not just on money, but in every aspect of life.
Knowledge will get compounded in your mind when you read books. Knowledge is Power.
More compounded knowledge means more success. Therefore, keep on taking small steps and start reading today.
It will be so much fascinating to see the ones reading this blog, grow and transform their lives. If this blog changed your mindset on why you should read books, let me know in the comments section.
I would say to be able to witness the powerful secrets and power of reading books you have to start investing in yourself.
We all want promotions in our jobs, we all want our startups to get funded by investors. Thus, we all expect people to invest in us but what we miss out on one thing. That is, we ourselves don’t invest in us.
Some great books
Below are some great books that you should definitely read if you are a beginner
All the below books are very light and simple reads, so you won’t find it hard to complete the book.
- The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
- The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
- Attitude is Everything by Jeff Keller
- Who moved my cheese by Spencer Johnson
Recall, the last time you bought a book to learn something new, enrolled in a course to learn a new skill. I am sure 80% of the people reading this post can’t answer this or will be having a hard time recalling.
Probably, this is the time to get going and make your mark and enrich your life with the advantages and the power of reading books in 2020, because it is now or never.
Start reading guys because the more you read the more you will learn. With learning comes knowledge which will make you capable to dominate the area you always wanted to.
Therefore, Keep Reading and Keep Compounding
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