I’ve always loved reading since I was a kid. Growing up very much like an only child (since my 3 brothers were already out of the house when I came out), books were my companions during long summer vacations at home. I’d devour everything from Sweet Valley High to Nancy Drew to Noli Me Tangere (most probably one of my brother’s school books) and the book of Revelations (as in the bible). Eventually, I graduated to romance novels (Jude Devereaux), then adventure (Michael Crichton), then sci-fi, to classics.
But alas! Child bearing and rearing took over and my novel-reading dwindled to a total of around 3 books a year (cry!).
Here are some reasons why I’ve been getting back to reading:
1. I want to ease away from watching endless hours of mind-numbing (and sometimes even stressful) shows on our computers. We’ve heard about the countless evidence of the hazards of letting children watch too much TV. I believe the same applies to adults too (i.e., shortened attention spans, sedentary lifestyle, etc.). Scientists even believe that television may have produced a more misanthropic view of the world among viewers (TV watching makes us mean!)
2. Reading daily has been shown to reduce stress and improve memory. As little as six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by up to 68%!
3. I want to learn more about the important things. For me, that means I need to read more about spiritual growth, parenting and business. Reading information that will increase your knowledge about your business or career will make you more valuable to colleagues, customers or clients. Research shows that among wealthy people, 88 percent read 30 minutes or more every day. 11 percent—only 11 percent—read purely for entertainment purposes.
4. I want to write better. Getting used to reading good writing makes me more critical of mine. Plus, an expanded vocabulary can’t hurt when blogging!
So! Our noses are currently buried in the following:
I’m in the middle of Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online. Master launcher Jeff Walker teaches his formula for launching any kind of product or service on the net with the kind of frenzied anticipation worthy of a Manny Pacquiao fight. Note: one product he launched did USD1 mio in sales in a single hour. The beauty of it is that you can do it – even with a small, home-based business. Grabe diba?
He just finished reading Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey gives inspiring lessons on how developing your leadership skills makes the best kind of entrepreneurs. From Amazon:
Your company is only as strong as your leaders. These are the men and women doing battle daily beneath the banner that is your brand. Are they courageous or indecisive? Are they serving a motivated team or managing employees? Are they valued?
Your team will never grow beyond you, so here’s another question to consider. Are you growing?Whether you’re sitting at the CEO’s desk, the middle manager’s cubicle, or a card table in your living-room-based startup, EntreLeadership provides the practical, step-by-step guidance to grow your business where you want it to go. Dave opens up his championship playbook for business to show you how to:
• Inspire your team to take ownership and love what they do
• Unify your team and get rid of all gossip
• Handle money to set your business up for success
• Reach every goal you set
… Can’t wait to start reading this!
This gem we found in Brooklyn is all Cruz has been reading for months. It’s reminiscent of the Childcraft books I grew up with, with beautifully illustrated pages of different countries and drawings of elements in their cultures – landmarks, food, sports, animals, etc. I usually read one page a day with Cruz and he randomly surprises me by remembering that Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland.
What books are you reading now? Any recommendations? Would love to hear them!
(Photo by IMIOO)