I have always been a reader. Even in elementary school, I would do summer reading programs at my local library and read a couple of books in a summer. As an adult, I’ve kept this reading going. Last year I set a goal to read 12 books and I completed my goal. This year, I set the same goal, but I’m ahead of my goal. Today I just finished my third book. My fourth book is nearly half completed. How am I doing it?
Are use a very simple technique that I learned from the book The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. It is simply this: read 10 pages a day. If you’re reading a book that has 250 pages, you’ll finish that book in 25 days. But for me when I start a book that’s interesting, I typically end up reading more than 10 pages a day. And this is moving me along father on my goal that I thought it might.
Why do I read? I read to learn. I read to get new ideas. I read for inspiration and motivation. I read to challenge my thinking and my assumptions.
Do you want to gain new insights? Do you want to learn something that you did not know before? Do you want to get ahead in your career? Do you want to get out of the rut and start investing your time in something that really makes a difference?
Then let me encourage you to read. You can find great prices on Amazon by buying used. Or simply go to your local library and check out a book. Do some research on LinkedIn on subjects that you’re interested and I bet you’ll come across an author that somebody is talking about. But just get out there and try it. You don’t need to set a crazy goal. But just set aside time to read 10 pages a day. That’s it.