“Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body. If you were to read for 60 minutes a day, this will translate into about one book per week. One book per week will translate into about fifty books per year. Fifty books per year will translate into about 500 books over the next ten years. Since the average adult reads less than one book per year, when you begin reading for one hour per day, this alone will give you an incredible edge in your field of study, interest, or business.” ~ Brian Tracy
Naturally, what books you read is very important. If you read books that help you understand the way the world works and your chosen work, books written by authors with great minds, and books that explain philosophy and values, you’re on the right track. I regularly meet people who have never read any books by Ayn Rand or George Orwell, for example, but who nevertheless think they understand the way our politics and governments work. Read about things that are important, not silly science fiction and Stephen King-type books. That leads to useless, weak, obese minds, filled with useless information, like many of the bodies that house them.
That is why some people whom you may think are reasonably intelligent so easily fall for propaganda and false ideas, why so many never achieve real success, and why the average person is so ill-informed. He knows only what the government wants him to know. His vocabulary, grammar, and spelling, and ability to express himself verbally will be in direct proportion to his reading habits, and we know that a good vocabulary alone is often a deciding factor when it comes to success at work and in business. After all, can you imagine a CEO who writes, “I am better then Sam?” I can’t. You don’t get it? You don’t read much. It’s better than Sam.
A single book, a single audio program, a single seminar can, in fact, change your life, especially in business. Meeting one truly successful person can do the same. Successful people consistently make the right choices, and the most important one is the development of their brains because this will improve their frames of reference, and therefore their choices, and naturally, the results they experience in their lives.
Having said all that, if you are someone with no ambition, no goals, no hope, and no self-discipline, you will only read low-level information, if you read at all. Here’s a good book to start with: Jeff Olson’s “The Slight Edge.” Then “The Fountainhead,” then “Atlas Shrugged,” then “1984.” Program your brain with the thoughts and insights of the smartest people who ever lived. Read your Bible every night.
And if you prefer videos and movies, open YouTube and start with Stefan Molyneux and Professor Jordan Peterson. There are many uplifting, mind-expanding movies and there is excellent stuff on YouTube. Here’s an example of a man of outstanding achievement, who, if you asked him, would probably ascribe it primarily to his reading habits.