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Learn to read; read to learn; read to lead

Reading as a skill has been displaced in our modern world. While electronic media certainly have made our lives easier, their dominance has also degraded certain other skills. I believe that reading is one of these skills, and that its loss has undermined our ability to communicate with each other, and to learn from and teach each other.

Full disclosure: I am an avid reader. I read anywhere from 20 to 30 books per year. Just so you know where I am coming from.

It’s been said that those who don’t read are no better off than those who can’t read. While this is perhaps an overstatement, I think there is some truth in it.

Reading requires time and discipline. Both are in short supply in our modern world. However the payback can be enormous.

Reading allows the reader to control what they learn and how they learn it. It also allows for reflection, for thinking over what one has read and forming new ideas and conclusions from what they have learned. Reading provides perspective.

Reading is free. I don’t know of any other training program that provides so much for free.

Reading requires discipline at the start, and teaches discipline of thought as one reads. 2 for 1 here.

So why don’t more people read?

I honestly think it’s because they don’t see the value. If they knew how much the successful people around them read and thought, and how this made them successful and disciplined, they might be more inspired. But until we advertise the benefits of reading, we will continue to think that life consisted of tweets and e-mail, and we will miss the much larger universe of human thought that has inspired generations of people to think for themselves and make better choices in their daily lives.

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