The Hidden Powers To Reading Hundreds of Books a Year
Reading is a drug (well, for me at least).
When I was a kid growing up, I never liked the thought of reading. The books that they had at the library were boring at best. And the once or twice a year book event sold books that were never anything that could add to my collective knowledge.
My elementary school was very keen on teaching kids to read more, but the books were mostly fiction and made up stories.
They never had “how to books,” “entrepreneur type books,” or “even self-help type books”.
It was a bummer now that I think of it. 🙁
The game of how books are published now is completely different from when I was a kid. You have major players like Amazon that have forever changed the landscape of publishing. Many of the books I buy from Amazon are from self-publishers.
Even though self-publishing might seem not as attractive to the readers, many of the books become best sellers and also sell millions of copies.
Self-publishing is just as powerful as traditional publishing these days. Also, when you self-publish, you get to keep a lot more of the sales revenue.
One reason I started my own business in my early teens is that I love to learn. Having a business of your own makes you have to learn in order to keep having breakthroughs.
Reading has done so many things for my life and business. A 20 dollar book might not seem like it could change your life, but too often it’s the complete opposite for me.
Every year now I make it a goal to read at least a few books a week. There are even times when I read a book a day. Reading books and reading them often can give you superpowers.
Here are some things that I have experienced firsthand by reading hundreds of books a year:
1. You Will Write Better. 😀
When it comes to writing for the web, books, or newsletters, it’s never easy. Writing is a learned skill and to learn it better we have to have a collective knowledge of stuff to write about. It’s just like when you go to the movies. You can reach back to those moments and create a story, one that might have similar scenes from the movies you’ve seen before. However, your story is one of a kind.
If I was to wipe out all the books from my past and switch off all the knowledge and wisdom I’ve received from them, I would not be able to write as often or as well as I do.
Yes, I might not be the best writer in the world, but I’d like to think my writing has changed many lives. I believe a lot of that has to do with the love I have for reading and leaning.
2. You Start to Become a BADASS!
As you might guess — when you read more you become a badass, so to say. If you look at the thought leaders throughout history, they might have had God-given talent, but a lot of their wisdom came from learning and reading.
Albert Einstein’s sister reported that with his increasing age, he began to read very much and very concentrated.
When Warren Buffett started his investing career, he would read 600, 750, or 1,000 pages a day. That’s damn impressive.
Tony Robbins read over 700 books on psychology and neurolinguistic programming and tested everything out in real life and on real people. Look how far Tony has come because of books.
Books make you a badass. 😉
3. Your Memory Will Start to Serve You.
Have you ever forgotten something in mid-conversation and can’t seem to remember it for the life of you. It happens to the best of us.
There have been many studies that when you read, it strengthens your memory. I’ve experienced this myself on many occasions. There are times that I can remember word for word how a book was written (not the whole book, but many parts of it).
If you’re like me, when you read you will perfect the story in the eye of your mind. You basically play in your head a movie of what you’re reading and this will allow you to remember the book far better than if you were to watch a movie of that story.
I’m sure you hear this all the time: the book was much better than the movie. People say that because the movie that was playing in their head when they were reading it became almost lifelike. The mind is a powerful thing.
This same thing can take place when you read books that are not novels. Try it out and you will see how sharp your memory starts to become.
4. You Gain Mental Stimulation.
Chances are you have a million things that can stimulate your brain. However, once you start to let reading seep into your day to day, you will really feel the love that reading has on your life.
At first, if you’re someone who never reads, it will seem like a chore, but that is often because you’re reading the wrong type of book.
Like I mentioned a moment ago, I love books that are entrepreneurial, business and money, startups, personal success, and mindset.
Without a doubt when I pick up a book that I connect with, I can read from cover to cover in no time. A 400-page book will be read in a few hours without my even thinking about it.
I’ve got to the point where I no longer play video games or really watch TV and that’s because I’m addicted to reading. If you would rewind to five years ago, I would have been the opposite. TV, Facebook, playing video games, and the many other things that you can do for stimulation can’t give you the same stimulation as a good book.
I would have argued with someone saying a book can be more stimulating than movies, video games, and many other things. But, I now know that when you really start to read and become a book lover like myself, you will flip that switch.
You will experience just as I have experienced that books give you mental stimulation that nothing else can. For as long as humans have been around, the skill to read can make someone who they are and that’s because of the vast amounts of knowledge and wisdom that you can gain from books, which brings me to my next point.
5. Knowledge and Wisdom BABY!
There are million and millions of books published every year (some better than others). The good news is that there are books for every type of person out there. It might take you a few tries to find yours.
The even better news is that books are easily accessible. Heck, for 20 dollars you could end up finding one that completely changes who you are (I’ve seen it happen to my clients hundreds of times).
I am absolutely addicted to books and that’s because books have shaped my future. Never underestimate what a book can do for you.
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Also, please share with me some of the books you recommend because I am always looking for new books to add to my shelves.
Scott “addicted to reading” Hurtado