To put it quite simply, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss.
I learn new things every day. I learn from podcasts, teachers, life, and books. I learn best from books because they deliver learning at a customized pace and place.
- Pace is the element of learning that can be adapted to meet your needs. It doesn’t matter if you are a highly skilled reader with an amazing vocabulary or if you have reading challenges and need a dictionary to help you define some of the words you encounter. Either way, when you read, you feed your mind like exercise feeds your body.
- Place is that element of time and space where you can isolate yourself from all of the distractions and hurry of life. It provides cognitive therapy and new perspectives as well as much needed margin. Your overall health will improve; your creativity and inner energy will improve.
Some ask, Read what? Read widely. Read history, biographies, historical fiction, leadership, spiritual, relational, and whatever interests you. When you read, it has a positive impact on your daily life.
Reading is what leaders do. Ideally, everyday. If not, significant blocked time for reading. Read because when you get better as a leader, everyone benefits.