Don’t believe the lie that you don’t have time to read.

Have you heard how “Leaders are readers…”? I whole heartily believe this. This is in part why I have created this blog over the ABC’s (Apps, Books, and Coaching) that have worked for me and others to become productive leaders.

ACCESS and APPETITE 

You need to develop an appetite for life-long learning by using the ABC’s. In today’s world with all of our great technology like the internet, e-books, and blogs on every imaginable topic under the sun, and all of this just a click away with the device all of us hold in our hands from phones, tablets, and laptops, there is truly no excuse to not read.

BENEFITS OF READING

Thinking you don’t have time to read, think about this:

Reading just an hour a day adds years of experience and research to your life. You actually gain time by reading. The time you would have spent doing something possibly the most unproductive way. Most reading of books, for example, you are gaining the years of trial and error that the author went through to come up with the conclusions that made up the book that you are reading. Lessons are learned best from experience and that experience doesn’t always have to be just yours.

And that just scratches the surface at the benefits of reading.

  • Reading expands our minds.
  • Reading provides access to mentors who may not be with us anymore.
  • Reading allows you to travel places you may never get to go to otherwise.
  • Reading ignites our passion as we get to link dreams with others.
  • Reading frees us to learn about anything our hearts desire.
  • Reading clarifies our thinking as we connect with someone who has traveled further.
  • Reading fuels our creativity as we are challenged by someone taking one of our thoughts further.
  • Reading helps us lead more effectively and efficiently.

WHERE TO START

If you aren’t in the habit of regular daily reading, I suggest you take out your calendar and make an appointment with yourself and a good book or e-book every day. Start your day or end your day this way, it doesn’t matter as long as you do it.

Allow me to say that one book that I would recommend that everyone make sure you are reading every day is the Bible. There is a reason that this book has appeared on the best selling list for years.

Sir Francis Bacon’s advice on reading says it best:

“Some books are to be tested, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

Now go and start your reading.

 

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8 Comments

  • Sujandar Mahesan

    December 4, 2018

    To be honest with you I had no clue that reading had so many benefits to it. I mean I knew it had some benefits but not as much as I saw in this article. I went through the whole article last night and I was really surprised to find out that there these many benefits for reading book.

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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    • Todd McKeever

      December 4, 2018

      Glad you enjoyed it.

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  • Nic

    December 4, 2018

    Todd,

    We would get along just fine. I hadn’t read a book since I was forced to up until about 2 years ago. Then a light bulb went off. Someone like you came along and gave me a wake up call. 

    I read every day now. I am currently reading Tim Ferris, I am huge fan of his style of writing and I am really into the self help realm right now. I will move on to some fictional soon, I really just am more upset that I haven’t been reading all of these years. 

    Quick question – If you had to say the best “self help” read you had ever put eyes on, what would you suggest?

    cheers,

    Nic

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    • Todd McKeever

      December 4, 2018

      Thanks for the comment and for reading the post. 

      As for the best self-help book, I would probably put one of the classics on this list by Dale Carnegie: How to win friends and influence people

      Dale unpacks in this classic some great lessons even for us as bloggers: 

      If you want to get a person to see your point, you must make an investment in them. You must be able to see their point of view first. Don’t lecture them, allow them to save face, and give the person a reputation to live up to.

      Carnegie learned the art of influence while working as a salesman. Later, he researched how the world’s greatest leaders earned their success. He shared his research and knowledge in this book, which was first published in 1936.

      Have you read this book? What book would you list and why? 

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  • Oloyede3

    December 4, 2018

    Thank you very much for this post, it is very helpful, I have always love reading especially books that are made for business owner but I have always thought i don’t have the time to sit around and read books. After reading this article i have come to realize that one can really gain a lot from a book, since experience is the best teacher. I am really glad for reading this post it has increased my passion towards book and I will now start reading my Bible at least for three hours everyday. Thank you once again for this post.

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    • Todd McKeever

      December 4, 2018

      I must say that reading your second to last sentence in your comment made my day. I would encourage you to find a reading track that will help you stay accountable with reading your Bible. Make sure that you don’t set unrealistic goals in your reading so that in just a few days or weeks you stop and then find yourself back at this same point now. Take the time to build a solid foundation in your reading and then build on that. 

      Have fun and enjoy the many journeys you can go with your reading. 

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  • Nadia

    December 4, 2018

    Hi Todd, I couldn’t agree more! I really neglected my reading back when I still had a full time job. 12 years of neglect to be precise! I really wish I could gain that time back now. When I look back now there were indeed many hours I could have picked up a book instead of wasting it on TV or sleeping.

    Since I’ve started reading again – this time mostly non-fiction  (I can feel the kids and young adults cringing now lol) – I have been inspired to travel, paint, follow my dreams and passions, strive to be a better person and realized that nothing is impossible. 

    The thing about reading for me is that once I start, I don’t want to stop! One hour turns into a day and even an all nighter. 😀

    Thanks for highlighting the importance and benefits of reading here – and to all the folks reading this – make some time to read folks!

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    • Todd McKeever

      December 4, 2018

      I am glad to hear that you are falling back in love with reading. I would go one step further in challenging everyone and encourage all who are reading this to schedule (yes, put it on your calendar) some specific times to read. For me, I find that if I don’t schedule things they often don’t happen. 

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