“If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the highest return.”
—Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father
A client recently shared with me a book titled Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals by Tom Corley.
From Corley’s years of research into hundreds of rich and poor people, I learned that of the wealthiest people:
- 88% read for 30 minutes or more each day.
- 63% listen to audio-books during their commute.
- 94% read about current events.
- 50%+ read biographies of successful people.
In contrast, only about one in fifty of those struggling financially engaged in daily self-improvement reading.
How can and will you invest the time and resources in your personal and professional development efforts to lead an even more richly rewarding life?
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
-Dr. Seuss, pen name of Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel
image from Dr. Suess Entrprises
Dr. Seuss really knew what he was talking about with this quote!
According to DoSomething.org:
- 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
- One in four children in America grows up without learning how to read.
- Students who don’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times likelier to drop out of school.
- Nearly 85% of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime.
How will you, in this new year, make a greater commitment to reading and continuous learning, to support yourself and those you care about going to more wonderful places?
“When you read a book, you hold another’s mind in your hands.”
-James Burke, British broadcaster and author
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Throughout my childhood and into my early adult years it was rare for me to read anything but an occasional comic book. My mother, Rose, meanwhile, was a voracious reader, often consuming 10-12 books every three weeks—the maximum allowed by our local library.
Although her formal education ended when she graduated from high school, she was more highly intelligent, articulate, and “in the know” than most college graduates. I greatly admired this quality in her and adopted her practices to a good degree throughout my various careers. This is especially true in my work as a Coach, in which I often get to share the minds of others through their wonderful, world-expanding books.
How would a good book related to your existing interests, challenges, or priorities provide a mind-expanding contribution to your world?
Consider the practice of always having a good book handy, so your mind is always expanding.
Click THIS LINK to see some of the world’s most amazing and beautiful libraries. They clearly demonstrate the honor given to books and learning.
“…one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”
– Will Rogers
I love to learn: it is one of my signature strengths. I take a great interest in the world of blogging and books, because they constantly feed this passion.
A book, for me, can be a source of crystallized wisdom from someone I may have never met, who took the time to share their knowledge, insight and perspective of perhaps many years.
Who are the people in your world (that may not necessarily be smarter) that have much to contribute? Are you committed to having open ears and an open mind, and the desire to learn and to be your personal best?
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