Those who Lead are Great Readers
“Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.”
– Albert Einstein (German-born theoretical physicist, universally acknowledged to be one of the two greatest physicists of all time)
There are so many benefits to reading books. For most, the only reading they ever do is just the occasional social media post or a hurried glance at a newspaper headline. Let’s face it, in these times, reading is considered a chore that, thank you, most people would readily do without.
📚Readers are Leaders, as you’ve probably heard before. If you’ve taken the time to look up the routines of well-known leaders, you’ll notice that they all share the same reading habit. Leaders fit it into their hectic schedules. WHY?
🧠Its “Brain Exercise”- Researchers have confirmed that reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain. As you read more, those pathways become more refined. And what’s more, cognitive abilities are sharpened as a result.
⚡Enhanced Focus– The ability to grasp difficult concepts, retain information and concentrate on projects for longer amounts of time can all be attributed to reading. In this age of multitasking, enhanced focus and clarity are a key denominator for success.
📝Memory– Reading every day goes a long way in improving memory. Just thirty minutes every day goes a long way in strengthening your cognitive muscles. For example, an avid reader may quickly recall events and information compared to someone who rarely reads. Recalling information fast is a highly underrated skill.
🤔Enhanced Ability to Understand Different Scenarios– Someone who has read books on various subjects is an asset in every setting. This information gives them the ability to make decisions fast, get to the Crux of the matter, find a solution to a potential problem fast. For example, they might have a greater ability to empathize and may restrict themselves from jumping to conclusions. That greater perspective doesn’t magically spring up overnight and definitely is not the result of skimming over content.
😏Top Notch Communication Skills– What’s the pre-requisite to almost every job description? You guessed it. Effective Communication. Employers are much more likely to hire candidates with exceptional communication skills. In a diverse environment where an employee is required to communicate effectively with stakeholders, partners, and colleagues, having average communication skills is a disaster waiting to happen.
Reading a wide variety of books gives an individual an immersive experience. Wherein, one studies the cadence, the tone, the language of the writer. If you do this often enough, your communication skills will be your most prized possession. I guarantee.
📖The Ultimate Relaxation– Nothing beats curling up on the Couch with your favorite book and a pot of coffee. Just thirty minutes of reading can lower stress and enhance your mood. If this sounds too good to be true, I encourage you to try this.
😴That much Needed Zzz- Doctors recommend incorporating reading as a regular part of your nightly routine. Eventually the body is acclimatized and falling asleep becomes effortless. And all that much needed zz will have a discernible impact in your waking life. From enhanced productivity to quality decisions. We give way too little emphasis on a good night’s sleep, not realizing the tremendous positive benefits it inherently has.
✔Better Decisions– Reading and better decision making go hand in hand. Someone who is equipped with more information, varying perspectives and world affairs is in a much better position to make an informed choice. Those choices sometimes open up new avenues and new opportunities for growth. Who ever thought a pastime or a hobby had so much hidden potential?
😢Helps Alleviate Depression– This seems unbelievable but its true. Taking solace in an imaginary world is sometimes all the therapy one might need.
🔗The Compounding Effect– The advantages of reading are diverse and frankly, too good to be true. If you invest ten thousand hours in any activity, you are bound to be ahead of the pack. In other words, you get a head start. I think Malcom Gladwell was onto something here. If you would like to know more, I highly recommend “The Tipping Point”.
Bypass the Binge Watching on Netflix, the hurried skimming over headlines, the Mindless scrolling on Social media.
How about picking a book and getting lost in its pages?
He that loves reading has everything within his reach. We are living in the most exciting time in history. If you possess a treasure trove of Knowledge, you will be presented with outstanding opportunities. Mind Boggling, isn’t it?
But Remember, Knowledge is Potential Power!!!!
Sajid Ahamed is a “Certified Trainer of NLP” and organizes John Grinder approved New Code NLP and NLP Master Practitioner Certifications Courses in India and the Middle East. He has more than 1000 hours of coaching experience and is an ICF accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Apart from the Trainings, he covers a wide niche of coaching including Relationship Coaching, Parenting Coaching, Leadership Coaching.
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