A study conducted by the University of Scranton has shown that 92% of people who set New Year’s goals fail to achieve them. Do you realize the importance of reading books? If you’re part of the 92%, then I assume you don’t.
Most people tend to set goals and hope to achieve them based on the knowledge they possess at the present moment. In short, they expect to achieve a new result with the same old knowledge. However, Albert Einstein said it best by giving his definition of ‘insanity’, which he defined as follows: ”Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”.
Unfortunately, a lot of people fall into that category which is why they often come up short. After all, the same food that made you 30lbs overweight will not make you lose 30lbs.
When it comes to goal setting, there are many factors that dictate your success or your failure, and although knowledge alone is not power, it is truly powerful when combined with application.
In this article, I’ll explain to you the importance of reading books by giving you 6 reasons to start reading books right now, and hence change your life for the better.
1 – Gives You The Keys To Success
Oftentimes, people believe that they must reinvent the wheel to succeed. In fact, I used to believe that too. However, is that really true? No, not at all.
After all, there are tons of people out there who started just like you and ended up becoming successful. Why would you try to reivent the wheel when you can just follow the surest path to reach success that they found?
Usually, books are great to dive deep on mindsets, which is the most important component of success. Ask successful people how to replicate their success, and see how their answer will most often than not be related to a particular mindset (never giving up, believing in yourself, not listening to naysayers, etc..). The 80/20 principle states that 80% of success comes from the mindset, whereas 20% of success comes from the mechanics (how-to).
What good do you think knowing the best strategy in the world to become rich will do if you throw in the towel halfway? On the other hand, the proper mindset will give you the fuel to keep going years after years without never giving up and most importantly to find the resourcesfulness within you to keep going!
In fact, did you know that once a person becomes successful, they’ll be successful at anything they undertake?
Indeed, even if the strategies are all different from one business or one skill to another, one factor remains constant: they keep the same mindset all the time. This is why winners win more, and loosers lose more.
Ego can hold people back when it comes to learning from others. I remember a time in my life where I thought that I was smart enough to find my own way, instead of modeling others. Later on, I realized that I was being the opposite of savvy: I was wasting my time by trying to prove to myself that I’m worth it, where I could get all the answers from the people who succeeded.
As a metaphor, reinventing the wheel would be similar to standing before the door of success and trying really hard to find the right key when you could just walk up to a successful person, and ask them to show you the keys so that you can duplicate them. Smarter and faster, isn’t it?
2 – Leverages Other People’s Experience
Still sitting on the fence regarding the importance of reading books? Here’s one of my favorite reasons.
Wouldn’t it be good if we could avoid making mistakes as much as possible and if we reduce the learning curve? That’s how beneficial reading books can be.
Let’s pretend you have a piece of furniture to assemble, and you have no prior experience doing that. How long do you think it would take you to assemble it? More than that, are you confident in your ability to assemble it precisely the way it was designed to be?
I can affirm that it would take you a lot of time and energy to do that, and the chances of you assembling it in the right way are slim.
Now, what if you had the chance of having an expert next to you? This expert would be able to tell you right away the best, easiest and fastest way for you to assemble that piece of furniture, wouldn’t he?
This works the same in every area of your life: however, skills are longer to develop that just assembling a piece of furniture. What if you had someone to guide you from spending 10 years of your life getting things right, to reducing that learning time by half? This is the power of leveraging other people’s experience.
People with experience know what to do, and especially what NOT to do. Reading books is important as it will enable you to shorten your learning curve: you can master a skill faster and with less effort!
3- Educates You
Educating yourself is probably the most common reason people give when they try to convince others to read books. However, educating yourself doesn’t necessarily mean learning new words, and learning new concepts, although that’s still very beneficial.
One of my favorite part when reading a book is to discover the stories the author has to tell.
Usually, stories are very informative and serve the purpose of illustrating a certain point. Not only does stories make it easier to remember, it’s also very entertaining.
In fact, the biggest teachings I retain from a book usually stems from a story.
4 – Goes Deeper Than Any Other Resources
Another reason which amplifies the importance of reading books is that unlike any courses or training program, books can go really deep into a particular subject.
It’s especially true for longer books, but in general books are pretty informative and can teach you more in depth than any other course could. It can also teach you some nuances you didn’t know before.
Having a better understand of anything is critical when you want to master it. Books will allow you to do that.
5 – Gives You Different Perspectives
Sometimes, books can also enlarge your way of seeing things by giving you different perspectives. Reading multiple books from different authors may give you insights that you had never thought of before, which might change the course of your life.
I remember times where books actually forged a new belief or a new attitude I wanted to take on. Reading is a great way for your brain to pick up new distinctions.
6 – Makes You Grow As A Human Being
This is no secret: the more you learn, the more you grow, and the more you grow, the more you succeed.
If I had to pick which reason out of the six I shared with you is the most beneficial to your life, I would probably pick this one as this is the core of success. Without growth, there is nothing. We’re either growing, or dying.
Growing is about improving and becoming a better version of ourselves, which will change our actions and therefore shape the results we get from it.
That’s it! These were the 6 reasons on the importance of reading books. Reading books shouldn’t be considered as a chore, it should be viewed as a way to live a happier, better life. If you would like to learn more about becoming a better version of yourself, CLICK HERE.