“Reading is so boring. I can’t even stand reading for 3 minutes.”

“I have been busying with my work the whole day. I don’t have the time and energy for reading.”

These scenarios seem familiar right? Most of us don’t like reading books, or any reading material at all for that matter, especially after we have graduated. We stop seeking knowledge, content to sit on the couch after a hard day’s work.

The excuse is always the same.

“I have no time to read a book”

“It’s going to take me one whole year to finish this book!”

Time become an obstacle. Work becomes our priority.

When we were students, we read for the sake of passing examinations and tests. Teachers and lecturers never expose us to the real benefits of reading. Did they? No, well, at least none of my lecturers/teachers did. We always perceived reading, or more accurately, learning, as our responsibilities as a student.

“Learn as if you were to live forever.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Learning shouldn’t stop after we have graduated, in fact, it shouldn’t stop at all. It should carry on throughout our whole lives. It is a process that should be as part of our lives as breathing or eating. We should constantly look for new knowledge. And one of the ways to do so is through reading. Of course there are other ways to learn – from a mentor, through experience, but we are going to focus on reading today.

I’m here to convince you to at least read, every day. Here are the reasons (and benefits) of reading:

1. Reading is one of the habits of successful people like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.

“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like

compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

Warren Buffett answered a question on what to do in the present to prepare for an investing career in the future, asked by one of the students in Columbia University’s investing class, with this.

It’s clear that Warren Buffett reads on a daily basis and that’s why he is such a successful person today. He read financial reports, newspaper and books each day. His brain is a mass storage of companies’ revenue figures, their bottom line, their interest payments and other financial figures. So, what you can learn from the Sage of Omaha? Read every day, preferably non-fiction reading materials, or reading materials which are related to your career.

Besides Warren Buffett, Bill Gates is also an avid reader. Bill Gates told The Seattle Times that he reads for an hour almost every night before going to bed. You can check out Bill Gates reading lists on his blog if you’re interested in which books the richest man in the world might read.

Is this enough to convince you to start reading every day? If not, continue to read through this article.

2. The best way to reduce stress and relax.

Don’t feel like going for a jog after working the whole day but still want to reduce your pent up stress? Then reading is the thing for you!

According to cognitive neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis, reading reduces stress levels by up to 68 percent. It reduces stress levels better than any other activities such as listening to music, having a cup of tea or taking a walk.

More good news for those who are so busy, they hardly have time to study. It takes only 6 minutes of reading to reduce your stress levels by more than two thirds according to research (Click here for more details). 6 minutes of reading isn’t that much right? No more excuse for you!

Start reading for at least 6 minutes today, fiction or non-fiction, it’s up to you. Just grab a book and start reading!

3. Take a look at this infographic.


Infographic credit: CBC

Reading is a cool thing to do, right? It actually makes you a better person!

How can you start?

You can start by reading 6 minutes a day, the magical number to reduce your stress by up to 68 percent. Be consistent! The purpose of this strategy is to develop the habit of reading every day. So, we start small, by reading 6 minutes per day, it’s approximately about 5-7 pages of a book (though this probably depends on your reading speed, it can be more than that if you’re a fast reader). Encrypt into your brain that reading is as much a part of your life as breathing or eating.

After you have developed the habit of reading, start to challenge yourself to read 20 pages per day. Start your day by reading 20 pages (as stated in an article on how to read more by James Clear). This system has helped blogger and entrepreneur, James Clear, to read more than 30 books per year. Impressive, right? Just 20 pages per day and you’ll also achieve this amazing result. If you’re up to it, you could even increase that number up to 30 pages a day. Maybe 40? 50 even?

So, let me sum up how you can start becoming an active reader: if you’re an extremely busy person, start by scheduling 6 minutes to read some reading materials every day, else, start by reading 20 pages every day (it takes about 20 minutes for me). 6 or 20 minutes, it won’ take up much of your time right? Then, slowly increase the amount of time you spend reading. By doing this, reading will become a habit of yours in no time at all.

6 minutes, 20 minutes, 1 hour or 500 pages, it’s your choice! Start reading today and make a difference!


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