My life has been filled with books. As early as I can remember, I have been reading. This has not always been by choice. I have to admit that I have not always enjoyed reading as much as I do now. I used to hate it. I dreaded reading through high school. I hated it because I was forced to do it. Now I love it because it’s my choice. It’s funny how life works that way.
When I got to college, my reading began to shift. I still didn’t read for my enjoyment, but I opening up to the idea of reading my school textbooks to help with my classes. What a thought that was. The books helped my grades quite a bit. Shocking, I know.
When started volunteering for my eventual full-time job I realized how little I knew about my job. To put it nicely, I didn’t know anything. I remember talking with my co-worker one day about my problem, and he asked what books I was reading. He wanted to know because he was going to suggest some that might be able to help with my work. But, to his surprise, I was not reading at all. Nothing. I sure had my work cut out for me (and I still do), but his question changed my life.
Realizing my embarrassing lack of knowledge, I began to buy and read everything I could get my hands on. It was the greatest thing ever. I am a coach, so I started reading every training, nutrition, and coaching-related book I could get my hands on. They were all full of information, and I felt like I was cheating. I felt like I had discovered some secret pot of gold full of secrets to my life and work. I still feel that way about books.
After reading through many (to say the least) of these books, I started to branch out and read everything. I now read fiction and non-fiction. I read books on creativity, productivity, meditation, business, focus, philosophy, and much more. I’ll read anything that will benefit me, and I recommend the same strategy to others.
Reading is my favorite thing to do. There is nothing I enjoy more than getting up early and reading when it’s quiet. I love studying books that I’ve read and searching for new books that might benefit me or someone I know. That’s the wonderful thing about reading: if you can find one thing that benefits you, it is worth your time. And this is almost always the case.
Books have changed my life, and I believe they can change yours too. If you would like to know more, I am starting a monthly reading newsletter. It will be an email that includes several of my favorite books that I’ve recently read. It will include a summary of the book and a few key takeaways. I hope you’ll sign up below, and that you find a few books to read and enjoy.
All the best,
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