What successful leaders do…
- Produce positive results
Warren Buffet- when starting as an Investor would daily read 600-1,000 pages
Oprah Winfrey- started reading at the age of 3 then started a successful reading club in 1996
Tony Robbins- read 700 books in 7 years to advance his career and help people
Reading Priority #1:
Be Selective In What You Read
Read a book with purpose in mind. Think about all the ways it will benefit your life and those you’re influencing. Read 2-3 chapters in and if it’s not moving you forward in your goals then consider moving on. Give it a fair shot but don’t waste your precious time, if you haven’t learned a single thing.
Reading Priority #2:
Make reading easily accessible to yourself
That means carry a book with you at all times, along with a journal. Between appointments or lulls of the day, take out your book and read while waiting. Jot down important points to remember in a journal. Another great idea is to listen to audio books while in the car commuting. Time in the car can be used wisely to absorb information, get ideas and be productive in your day.
Reading Priority #3:
Be open minded
This means take a chance on something new if it has purpose. If it has potential to help you grow, try it.
Being open minded allows you to open up a new world of perspective. You might think this goes against point 1 “be selective” but the difference, is that, spending your time on something you don’t know much about and grow in which is being selective can make you open to concepts that you haven’t thought of before. It gives you new ides, perspective and allows you to connect with your pursued subject. It allows you to have less judgement and be more empathetic.
Reading Priority #4:
Learn something that will move you forward.
Harriet S. Truman said “not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
Ask yourself questions like- how does what I’m reading benefit my life or those surrounding me? Or…
How can what I’m reading be applied in the appropriate time and way?
Reading Priority #5:
Ask successful leaders who are around you what books they are reading
When we are able to see the transforming effects in another persons life- the way they positively treat people, the type of influence they have in their workplace and how well they carry themselves with confidence, demonstrates a… Click To Tweet We outta be eager to learn from these people. Asking them what they read can be a big asset to walking in greater leadership.
I got the privilege of asking a couple leaders I know- how has reading impacted your life?
Erin- “Before I started reading a lot of books, I thought I knew a lot. Now that I’ve read a lot of books, I have come to understand I don’t know much but that’s freeing. We live in an age where there is wealth of knowledge at our fingertips, experts in every field and subjects have given us access to their brilliant minds through books. Reading has made me less rigid and dogmatic. I’m still opinionated but I’m fully aware that there are a slew of valuable opinions coming from a variety of perspectives.”
Kevin- “Reading has helped me develop discipline and quicker thinking and comprehension. It also provides brief mini vacations throughout the day as I commit a few minutes to reading. The lessons I’ve learned tend to be spiritual and even mental as they are all Bible based lessons. I’ve learned such things as- seek and you will find.”
These responses have challenged me and have opened my heart to a greater understanding of life through reading. What are you reading today that’s growing the leader in you?
Be blessed and bless others,
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