The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that on average people spend 2-4 hours a day watching television, less than an hour a day of exercising and less than an hour a day of reading. Most people spend 18-20% of their day watching television.
I look back and I know I am not void from these stats. I know I fell into the trap myself of spending to much time in front of the screen doing nothing productive. The difference though now is
I realize I wasted not just hours but days of my life in front of a screen that will ultimately bring no value to my life.
With television, computers, and technology growing some of the old habits like reading are being swept under the carpet. I'm so grateful that I picked up reading because it's undoubtedly one of the best ways to continue growing. Today I began to think of this 50 book challenge I got into in January that was inspired by Aaron Ludin. The more I think about it the more I realize the idea isn't "necessarily" (I use loosely) to reach 50 in a year. But it's to get you reading and learning.
Education does not stop after college most of the time that's where it REALLY starts
There's a reason the richest man, Warren Buffet and his partner Charlie Munger spend hours and hours of their day reading, granted they put themselves in the position to spend that much time. I can guarantee you though they did not start by spending that much time. Not just them but Mark Cuban and Malcolm X as well attribute much of their success in life to reading. Those are just a few examples.
"Formal Education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune" - Jim Rohn
"There is more treasure in books than in all the Pirate's Loot on Treasure Island" - Walt Disney
You don't need to read hours a day, you just need to start somewhere. You don't even have to fully read a physical book because there's audible, kindle etc. the whole concept is just to start.
I hated reading, in school I used spark notes all the time.
What I came to realize is reading is part of life, we have just been programmed by technology, tv, video games etc to be visually fixated.
There are a couple myths when it comes to reading.
1. People believe they are too busy, or don't have time.
That is just straight BS, you have time you just need to make it. If some of the most successful people in the world have time then so do you. Spend 30 minutes or an hour at night or in the morning. Replace games or TV with reading. I'm not saying you have to eradicate television but stop spending hours in front of it. Also if you think you're to busy you're probably just busy being busy. You need to figure out your time and schedule better.
2. They believe they're a bad reader
Everyone's bad at everything till the start. It takes time and practice just like anything else.
3. I can't read a book and stick to it
Good cause I'm not saying you have to. Someone I look up to highly, Tai Lopez usually skips between several books. I do as well. Its May 2016 and I'm 25 books in to the year. On top of that I am in the middle of 5 other books, 1 Fitness, 1 Nutrition, 2 about Online business or Marketing and 1 on Money & Finances. You don't have to stick to one book, but you do need to come back to it and finish it. Someone people will preach you need to learn and master 1 book before you move on but that's not true, you need to master and learn the books you read but everyone's different, and there's several successful examples of people doing both methods.
How to Add Reading to your Life
1. Wake up earlier
2. Find time before bed
3. Switch time in front of the screen for reading
4. Listen to audio version on the go or while exercising. Turn your car into a university
5. Dedicate 30 mins or an hour a day to it
6. Reverse Engineer, what do you want to get out of the book ? Then find good books in line with that goal
7. I recommend taking notes, or highlighting if you can
Here's the 50 Books I've read so far
Comment below, and let me know if you want recommendations. I have a list of over 200, in several different categories I haven't gotten to yet.
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