First thing, first! Why should you read books?
“All leaders are readers.”
It’s no surprise that the world’s most successful people love reading. To put it in numbers, for example, Elon Musk invests 10 hours a day in reading, and Warren Buffet reads at least six hours a day.
If you are reading this article, I can say that you want to do something great in the future, even if you do not know what it is. All I can tell you is your reading habit will help you a lot to accomplish your goal. If you are an avid reader, that’s great. But if you do not have the reading habit, my friend, you have a problem. However, it’s not too late to start reading. And the good thing is everyone can become a reader, and everyone can become a leader.
Here are some insights why you should READ!
- Reading is right for your brain: Science says reading a novel, for example, increases the blood flow and improves connectivity in mind.
- Reading makes you a better writer: when you read, your brain absorbs useful writing techniques and vocabulary which you unconsciously use in your writing. Because reading increases your vocabulary and your knowledge of how to use new words correctly, reading helps you clearly articulate what you want to say.
- Reading improves your self-discipline and consistency: Reading a book, unlike skimming a web page, forces you to focus. To get the most out of a story, you must fixate on the plot and complete the book. In doing this, your brain forms deep connections and practices concentration.
- Reading challenges your imagination: As you read, you put yourself in the characters’ shoes. Your brain goes beyond the words on the page, imagining details such as appearances, emotions, and surroundings.
- Reading inspires you: Reading a good book is like being around an inspiring person. You observe inspiring actions, feel contagious passion, and desire to live a better life.
All in all, I cannot assure you that reading will hand you a gift a day after. But reading makes you a better person. It happens in the very long term. The more you read, the wiser you become. This is because ‘reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body’.
To help you become a better reader, I have put some of my favorite books, which helped me to dive into the world of reading.
1.Animal farm by George Orwell:
If you want to be a reader, then this book is 10 out of 10 recommendations to start.
When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.
This small size novel portrays the messages through the animals in the animal farm. The masterpiece has many beautiful lines that you will keep in your mind forever. Read and feel the beauty of literature.
2.The 7 habits of highly effective teens by Sean Covey:
If you are a teenager and want to develop habits to be successful both in your career and your life, then all the efforts poured by in this book is just for you, my friend. Be happy. But if you are not a teenager, then you can jump into “The 7 habits of highly effective people” written by Sean’s father, Stephen Covey.
THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEENAGERS will bring a unique perspective and focus on the lives of you. Sean Covey speaks directly to teenagers in a language they can understand and relate to. He even provides a step-by-step guide to help them improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more
3.Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat:
If you are a natural science student or if you are interested in the STEM field, then you must have heard about the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). Disclaimer, “This is not a book to teach you how to get into IIT or even how to live in college. It describes how screwed up things can get if you don’t think straight.” If this sounds, at least, somehow familiar, or the thought about the movie “3 idiots” came in your mind, then yes! You are right. The film is based on this beautiful novel. Even though you have watched the movie, I still recommend you to read the book.
If you are in high school or a college, then this book is for you. You’ll know how things can get worse if you try to make amends. The three characters in this book, in a way or the other, represent you. They have a five-point-something GPA out of ten, ranking near the end of their class. This GPA is a tattoo that will remain with them, and come in the way of anything else that matters – their friendship, their future, their love life. While the world expects IITians to conquer the world, these guys are struggling to survive.
What will happen to them–with their five-point-something GPA? Will they be able to prove their worth? To find out, dive into the book.
4.The monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma:
Where does happiness come from? Does it come from getting acceptance from Harvard or Yale? Or earning a significant amount of wealth or doing a dream job?
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a self-help book by Robin Sharma, a motivational writer and speaker. The book is a business fable derived from Sharma’s personal experiences after leaving his career as a trial lawyer at the age of 53.
This inspiring tale provides a step-by-step approach to living with enormous courage, balance, abundance, and joy. A wonderfully crafted fable, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life. On a life-changing odyssey to an ancient culture, he discovers powerful, wise, and practical lessons that teach us to:
Develop Joyful Thoughts, Follow Our Life’s Mission and Calling, Cultivate Self-Discipline and Act Courageously, Value Time as Our Most Important Commodity, Nourish Our Relationships, and Live Fully, One Day at a Time.
5.The Radium Girls by Kate Moore:
After you read this book, you’ll be inspired. This is because the book illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
Therefore, one of your goals in this quarantine should be to read, read, read!