‘Why I Read Books’

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22nd July,2023

This quote by Mark Twain sums it all up – “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

Books have enriched, upgraded and saved my life.

…when all was well, great books strengthened my creativity, artistry, productivity and jubilation.

…when things were hard, they delivered hope, guided my way and offered a literary lighthouse that helped me navigate rough seas.

The single-finest way to lead your field is to increase your skills relentlessly.

If you truly want to become good at what you do, then you have to read every relevant book you can get your hands on, so that you grow into a genuine master of your craft.

I Buy More Books than I Can Ever Read. Investing in a book is reaching for your promise.

I buy more books than I know I will read in my lifetime.

It makes me happy to get a book. It gives me hope, activates my energy and allows me to assemble a library that will be a legacy for my children.

I purchase books on a variety of subjects; productivity, history, psychology, emotional healing, staying positive, executing on high-value targets, scaling a business and on the lives of great human beings.

I Go for a wide range and try to read works that push me to think differently so that I can produce uniquely.

I generally Highlight and Take Notes of the most interesting & relevant portions.

When I read, I read slowly and deliberately. I highlight, generally with a yellow or green marker. I also make notes in the margins and do diagrams on those few pages at the end that publishers leave blank.

Live and breathe your experience with the book, let it change you.

I read books of different genres – depending on my mood.

On some days I’m in the mood for a book that will kickstart my A-game. On others, I wish to read fiction or poetry. I’m not dogmatic about what I read. Instead, I allow The Muse to lead me into what I need to learn or enjoy.

On finishing a book, I generally write out the best insights in my journal. ‘What you capture becomes cemented.’

My favorite pastime is browsing in a library or a bookstore. Arrive early at the airport, and after check in, it is straight to the book store and look for new titles which invariably end in a buy.

I have always felt that a book is a bargain at any price – if you can’t get access to great, famous people to be your mentors, reading books written by them is the next best alternative.

Many CEOs and great leaders in the world would not hesitate to purchase a book. For the value which a book can bring, they are considered to be a bargain.

A Rs 500 book could change your life. If a book you read just gives you one idea that changes your perspective, it’s worth it.

Knowledge is powerful, and books are great teachers. Learning is endless.

As they say “The tools for learning are abundant. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.”

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you.

If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

The only way to improve the world is by improving yourself.

Keep learning, keep upgrading. This weekend, start building your library, start reading a good book & stay blessed forever.