Reading has never really been my thing. Heck, it’s still a habit I’m trying to master and while it’s something I have yet been able to cross my T’s and dot my I’s with, I’m still trying to tell you and teach myself it’s importance.
Reading goes beyond your 4th grade classroom discussions when you get into your 20’s. And even though you’re caught up in your post-grad job, moving out of mom and dads and traveling the world, it’s a lifestyle that’s very rewarding! And just so we’re clear on why I’m recommending you browse through the ‘self-help’ category on Amazon or even visit your nearest library, let’s look at some social icons and professionals that read on a daily basis.
Elon Musk: Don’t know who he is? Think Tesla… This CEO was known to be the smallest and youngest in his class growing up. While it may seem a bit excessive that he read 2 books a day, his net worth is 20 billion USD.
Oprah Winfrey: Mentor, public speaker, philanthropist, and long lost aunt (wishful thinking) pegs her success to reading. From a child in poverty to a lifestyle of wealth, she stands by the idea that reading allows people to look beyond measures. Her net worth? 3 billion USD.
Bill Gates: Ahh, America’s best yet! While I’m a Mac kind of gal, CEO of Microsoft continues to stun me… Reading 50 books a year (roughly 1 every week) and still being able to maintain status as the richest man in America! And even though GQ viewed him as “the worst dressed man in tech”, that doesn’t really matter. When you have a net worth of $93.4 billion USD I’m sure you find humor in those things.
I could go on and on talking about the rest of the successors in this click but the point is all these entrepreneurs share a common bond – reading. Seen as aggressive readers it’s no coincidence that over the past 10 years over 1,200 of the richest people in the world have been interviewed and they all circle back what they’ve read, their favorite reads and the importance of reading.
Now this isn’t to tell you that if you leave work early every day to go home and read you’ll be sitting at the same dinner table as Warren Buffet, but it may educate you on how you can finesse your way to that dinner party (again, wishful thinking).
1. 52 Cups of Coffee by Megan Gebhart – She’s not your typical college graduate as she traded the idea of a 9-5 job to meeting with someone new every week over coffee. This doesn’t necessarily mean she met with Tim over at the corner store, but rather people of her interest such as Steve Jobs from Apple Inc. and former VP of Starbucks just to name a few (p.s. she probably got that weeks coffee for free).
2. Brave Enough by Nicole Unice – I have yet to read this one but it’s something I feel requires practice everyday. You’ll explore getting over fears, flaws, and failures. And while people say things like “live your best life” or “don’t worry about what people think”, it’s only natural as humans that we do those things. Becoming self confident in who you are and what you have to offer doesn’t come overnight but this book might just bring you one step closer to it.
3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson – This is my current favorite and the title does not do it justice. As you can imagine, it’s core structure is to help readers understand why we care about certain things and how to not care about those certain things. Very similar to #2’s book recommendation with just a little step-by-step assistance on how to get there.
4. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus – If you’re not so into self-help books (if you could’t tell, I am) but rather into fiction that could be real… This one’s for you! This one brings you back to high school as the plot is set in a prestigious high school where guys have trust funds and girls wear Louboutins. Think of the modern day Pretty Little Liars meeting Gossip Girl in it’s prime. Scary right?
5. Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam – Feeling constantly behind is probably the worst feeling, especially in your 20’s. Post-grad life is a lot harder than expected (for most) and seeing your friends doing these amazing things like landing that job, moving to a great city, traveling the world, etc. can be a hard pill to swallow if you’re feeling like you don’t have the same amount of hours in a day like them. This book teaches you to not only manage time but be more productive.
Just as I mentioned before, reading isn’t for everyone nor will it make you wake up with a seven-figure dollar amount in your checking account. The point is that it can teach you things that can be beneficial to all part of your life. Successful people don’t read because they have nothing to do, there’s always a bigger reason. Until next time…