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There is something wrong with society today.
We live in a world where we have an abundance of information. We have sites like Google, Bing, and YouTube at our fingertips. We have countless free eBooks and audiobooks that we can download and learn from. We have millions of great books that we can check out at the library or read for free at a Barnes and Noble.
We have all this knowledge for us to use, but it seems like no one is really getting any smarter because of it.
“We are drowned in information, but starved for knowledge.”
One of the biggest reasons for this is because education has turned so many people off from learning, especially when it comes to reading books.
After years of being forced to read books and give reports and presentations on them, students, by the time they graduate, never want to pick up another book ever again.
In fact, 42% of college graduates never read another book for the rest of their life!
This is a shame because if you study all the greats, from Steve Jobs to Sam Walton, you’ll find that they were all voracious readers.
This is because…
Reading is the habit of the highly successful
It’s not a coincidence that the billionaire investor Warren Buffett reads eight hours a day. “The more you learn, the more you earn,” Buffett says.
Bill Gates is another great who is well known for reading. Gates will actually take reading vacations for weeks at a time.
If you look at CEOs in the world, the average CEO reads one book a week. That’s 50+ books a year!
This is because the highly successful know that if they get the right book in their hands then the rest will naturally flow their way.
If you want to improve your life, there is no faster way to do so than by simply reading more.
Understand that knowledge from books is the key to living a good life so don’t be lazy in gathering the books that will teach you and instruct you on how to live the life that you want.
I believe that you can always tell what someone wants from life by just looking at the books that person reads.
If someone says that they want to be a millionaire, look at the books that they’ve read. Do their books represent that of someone who wants to be a millionaire?
Your library, the collection of books that you collect, will show what you really want in life.
But books will do more for you than just give you the knowledge that they provide. Books have the ability to cut the learning curve by years, even decades for you. This is because so many people have gone ahead of you in life, which means you can learn from them. You don’t need to learn everything the hard way through trial and error. Save yourself the time and effort.
As Socrates said,
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”
Warren Buffett said something similar,
“People learn from mistakes, but it doesn’t have to be their mistakes.”
In terms of quality of life, you couldn’t help but be healthier, happier, and financially more wealthy by just reading more. So my question then is, what’s stopping you from reading at least one book a week? Most likely, you probably just don’t have the time to read a book a week, which is okay.
This is why I came up with the idea of starting a book club. A book club where I will cover a variety of books with you ranging from topics about success and marketing to health and happiness.
One of the many subjects that I will talk about with you is love.
Sigmund Freud once said that you need to get two things right in your life in order to be happy. You need to get work right, but more importantly, you need to get love right. A good strong relationship is one of the life factors most strongly and consistently associated with happiness. However, as much as a good relationship can make you happy, nothing in life has the ability to break your happiness more than being in a bad relationship. If you’re in a bad relationship, then no matter how much wealth you have, how healthy you are, or how much you love your work, you will always find it very difficult to be happy.
These are some of the books about love that I will talk with you about in order to prevent this:
Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller
Evolution of Desire by Dr. David M. Buss
Dollars and Sex by Marina Adshade
Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters by Alan S. Miller
Another subject that I will talk with you about is work/wealth.
The average person spends over 50% of their waking life working. Yet, we spend little time learning and studying about how to make money doing something that we’re passionate about.
I will help you with this by talking with you about books like:
How To Be A Billionaire by Martin S. Fridson
Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
I will also cover books that talk about health, happiness, branding, writing, marketing, psychology, success, etc.
The Winner Effect by Ian Robertson
Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
So if you’re not already a part of my book of the day club simply sign up by clicking here in order to get my free “book of the day” summaries as well as a free copy of my eBook How To Become A LinkedIn ‘Top Voice’
Every week day, I will write a post talking about the best ideas from the books I read. These are books that I think are the most important for changing your life.
This is obviously completely free and you will get all the benefits of reading a book a day without actually having to take the time to read the book yourself.
So take 2 minutes a day to read the summaries for the next month. If at the end of your first 30 days you think reading my posts weren’t worth your time or that they were common sense ideas, then you can always unsubscribe. However, I have never had one person tell me that they didn’t learn something insightful after a month of following me.
So if you’re ready to improve your life by reading a book a day with me then join my book of the day club for 30 days straight and see what positive effects it has on your life.
I hope to see you again!