“You will be the same person in the next five years, safe for two things – the books you read and the people you move with.”Anonymous
Think about that quote for a moment. It simply relates with the Law of Association.
What books do you associate with?
Who are the people you move with?
That’s powerful! The level and the kind of change that happens to you in the next five years is dependent on the books and people you associate with.
Books help one to “time travel”. With the aid of your imagination, while reading a book, you can transport yourself to the future and become aware of the endless possibilities that await you.
A book helps to reflect the mind of the author on a particular subject. With books, you are able to connect with the best minds around the world without having a physical meeting with any of them.
Books serve as a window to the world. You are able to see beyond the now when you read a good book. Your mind is better equipped, stronger, sharper, etc.
Having known the importance of books, how can you make out time for other books aside academics?
First, be not deceived! Schooling is important. It is highly important that you excel in your academics.
Whatsoever thy hands findeth to do, do it well!
However, the school of life is “importanter”. A whole lot of persons excel in school, become the best in their academics but fail in life.
Why? They are not equipped with the right arsenal to face the world. To excel in life, you need to be equipped with the right arsenal and this can be gotten from books.
Albert Einstein says: “If I have seen any farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of those who have gone ahead of me.”
So, to excel in life, read books. They serve as a guide through the waves of life.
According to Jim Kwik, World’s Number One Brain Coach and Memory Expert, to read a book in a week, all you need do is schedule a 45-minutes time with a book.
Put it on your daily schedule, most preferably in the morning. You will read a portion of a book for 45 minutes. In a week, you are done!
Or you can take the advice of Rick Warren, author of “Purpose Driven Life”, “Read a chapter a day”. Instead of having to fill yourself with so much information and retain little, how about you read the book in bits so you can retain all that’s contained therein?
However, in reading a book, take note of the words of James Joyce: “Life is too short to read a bad book.”
Here are some books you might want to check out:
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
- Becoming A Leader by Myles Munroe
- Becoming A Better You by Joel Osteen
- Who Do You Think You Are by Mark Driscoll
- Zoe: The God Life by Kenneth Hagin
- The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Pearle
- The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
- Love Me by Aishat Yakubu
- Make Today Count – John Maxwell
Challenge: Read a book this week!
Which book(s) have you read so far this year? Feel free to share with me in the comments.