“Knowledge is power”
Reading helps out in almost every area of intelligence. An obvious statement right?
One key variable that all the great and successful people had in common was that they all read. And a lot too.
From all the books I’ve read and the podcasts I’ve listened to, The Tim Ferriss Show is my favourite by the way, there was one distinct pattern that emerged when discussing great and successful people. That was the one of reading. The vast majority of them read a large amount of books. And they all knew that to unlock their true potential, they had to obtain more knowledge. And that by reading they could get to where they wanted to be in life faster and much more efficiently.
In a paper by Anne E. Cunningham, “What Reading Does for the Mind”, She found that “reading has cognitive consequences that extend beyond its immediate task of lifting meaning from a particular passage. Furthermore, these consequences are reciprocal and exponential in nature. Accumulated over time — spiraling either upward or downward — they carry profound implications for the development of a wide range of cognitive capabilities” Which effectively translates to, reading in general makes you smarter and keeps you sharp as you age while continuously developing your cognitive abilities.
Warren Buffett, one of the richest and most respected businessmen in the world, was quoted to have said he read up to 500 pages a day, as he felt this was the best way to obtain and garner knowledge. Another prime example is that of Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and scientist born thousands of years ago, who’s one true aim in life was to obtain more knowledge and try to decipher the true meaning of life. Both these two men are complete polar opposites to each other, yet both of them shared one vital trait in common, and that was reading. They both recognized that reading was the key to unlocking their true potential. Other more relevant examples would be Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.
Now I’m not saying you should read 500 pages a day, or quit your job and become a philosopher hell bent on deciphering the true meaning of life. That would be simply ludicrous. But what I am getting at is that the positives associated with reading far exceed any negatives, if there even are any. There is a wealth of knowledge on topics such as mindfulness, productivity, motivation and innovation and with emergence of ebooks, the accessibility to these has never been easier and more convenient.
I hope this short article in some way motivates you to continue chasing your dreams. And as always if this post resonated with you in any way or you just want to voice your opinions, drop a comment below and share your thoughts.