The one thing all ambitious individuals need to know when it comes to creating success over a lifetime is that the commitment to lifelong learning is critical.
That single habit is continuous, dedicated reading.
Yes, the simple act of daily focused reading will not only make you an expert in your field, it can also quantum leap your results financially.
Increasing the amount of time you put into reading is one of the most effective ways to expand personally and professionally. It is now becoming the prerequisite to being great at anything- whether you’re in the corporate world or deep in the entrepreneurial jungle.
“If you read only one book per month, that will put you into the top 3% of income earners in our society in less than 5 years”. -Brian Tracy
If we go back to the wisdom shared by Brian Tracy, it becomes easy to see why that same elite group of people enjoys approximately 96% of our global wealth.
It isn’t that the majority of the population are less fortunate, it’s that most people have a hard time disciplining their minds to develop good habits.
It is inexplicably easier to sit on a couch and get entertained by whatever drama the media world has cooked up on television. But how is that assisting you with tapping into the storehouse of potential power, intelligence, and wealth lying dormant in your mind?
Aside from the fact that your brainpower, memory function, and mental sharpness will improve dramatically through this habit, think about the fact that our digital age has set into motion a way of life where things rapidly change.
Business systems, new laws, new discoveries, new opportunities are now taking less than a fraction of the time they used to take to come to fruition. That means that regardless of your expertise, whatever you learned when you first got your degree is probably going to become outdated if it hasn’t already.
Gone are the days when “getting a degree” or “finishing school” made you rich and cool.
The only way to be rich and cool in our modern society is to remain hungry and foolish as the wise Steve Jobs once said.
That means, carving out time each day to feed your brain and mind with some new food for your personal and professional growth.
Your ability to focus and sustain a high-performance level, especially if you’re a high-performer,will be enhanced through the developing of this single habit.
Now that we are in the era of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, being self-disciplined and maintaining high-performance levels becomes crucial.
As if that wasn’t enough of an incentive to get you to see just how valuable this habit is, let me share with you a few simple and highly effective ways of developing it.
After all, the number one obstacle many of us face today is execution and implementation of the things we are told are essential to our success.
Here are 3 things that are critical to developing the habit of reading:
1. Cut OUT the activities you’re doing on a daily basis that is not income producing activities.
Your time is one thing you can never ever get back – so why are you wasting it? Cut out social media, delete apps on your phone, shut off notifications and stick to a strickt schedule.
Review your day daily and be strict on stopping all activities that aren’t income producing activities.
2. Schedule time to read
If it isn’t in the schedule – it won’t get done. So put it in your schedule.
3. Take Action
If you don’t apply what you learn – what good is it? Take the action (guess what – it won’t be perfect, but who cares?).
There you have it – there are 3 ways to start reading more.
Would love to hear your thoughts and what books you are reading…