I used to walk into my bedroom that I shared with my younger brother and see him reading a new book every week. We had a desk in the corner of our room with shelves full of books and they were all his. He knocked out the Lord Of The Rings series in a month. I always thought "I'm just not a reader". I chalked up reading as inactivity most of my life - I was wrong.
I recently posted on Instagram the books I plan to read the next 12 weeks. Shortly after, the comments, texts and emails flooded in asking “How do you find time to read?"
Why I believe reading is important is probably for another post. For now, here's how I have read more books year after year for the past 5 years:
1. Always Have Your Book
If you plan to expand your influence based on growth in knowledge, you must be reading knowledge building books. Always have your book and always keep that book with you. When you get a moment, crack it open and knock out a chapter.
2. Make Time For Reading
@@You won't wake up one day and suddenly have more time to read. To read more, you simply have to do less.@@ As I mentioned above, you can't mistake reading for inactivity. You have to view it as intentional activity and as an investment in your leadership influence.
3. Kill 2 Birds With 1 Stone
Audiobooks are essential to reading more books. When you're driving, working out, laying in your hammock (very important), use that time to listen to a book. Audible.com is a great resource for audiobooks. And I find setting Audible's variable speed at 1.5x to be the perfect speed for efficiency and comprehension.
4. Sometimes, Just Summarize
There are times when you need to soak up knowledge on a specific topic quickly. In these cases, I recommend book summaries. Book summaries are a great way to take in the primary learnings and the supporting thoughts without the peripheral stories. Summaries.com & StudyLeadership.com are two great resources for book summaries.
5. Change It Up
Don't always read the same type of books. In fact, to read more knowledge building books over the long haul, I recommend throwing in a book every couple of months that simply reinforces your reading habit without causing you to think to much.
Harry Truman once said:
Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.
Try these tips. Grow your knowledge. Expand your influence.
What do you plan to read next?