“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”  ― Harry S. Truman

scholastic-flyers

I still remember the excitement on the days that we received the Scholastic Flyer in elementary school. Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, Scary Stories – what ever happened to good books? I used to spend at minimum 30 minutes to an hour reading each and every day – not only because it was a school requirement but because it was a hobby that I thoroughly enjoyed. As I grew older – reading became more of a chore than something that I took pleasure in -college was filled with reading but not for enjoyment rather for cramming and memorizing enough to pass the next exam.

It wasn’t until recently when my nephew brought back home the scholastic flyer asking me for $4.50 to order the Puss in Boots book that I realized that it wasn’t that good books disappeared but it was my interest in them dwindled. I no longer had that same excitement about reading that I had as a kid.

This has to change! Beginning today I have committed myself to reading uninterrupted for 30 minutes a day. Not a magazine, nor a blog but instead an actual book. 

We have probably heard Truman’s quotes about leaders being readers. Not surprisingly readers also have higher GPA’s, higher intelligence, increased vocabulary and general knowledge than those that don’t. Besides the boost in intelligence that reading provides it also helps lower stress levels. My wife unwinds after a long day reading romance novels – it’s her escape. I can vouch that when she reads it’s the equivalent of  her having a glass of wine.

Stress relief is great but what I’m really after is the professional growth that reading provides. Imagine having the knowledge of the top 10% of your industry at your fingertips. That’s a gift that only reading can provide. I think Earl Nightingale said it best with this quote:

“One hour per day of study in your chosen field is  all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.” I don’t know about you but I know I’m ready to become the best in my industry! So I accept the challenge of reading for one hour everyday. We all have 24 hours in a day. I plan to use my wisely and I beg that you do the same. Best of luck!