Warning: I’m going to Make You Feel Guilty about Not Reading More Books
“The more books you read, the taller you grow.” ~ Lewis Meyer
I wasn’t a big fan of Lewis Meyer. But he ran a great bookstore.
Lewis Meyer’s Bookshelf, in Tulsa, Oklahoma on the “Restless Ribbon,” Peoria, was a mainstay, a retail Tulsa landmark, for decades. As a young kid, I’d go there and could appreciate his bookshop for the individual qualities it offered: A rich assortment of books, impeccable service, and a weird owner, Lewis Meyer, who was sort of likable and not at the same time.
The Time to Create Books
As the author of more than 100 titles and approaching 4,000,000 in lifetime books sold, I greatly appreciate the amount of time that goes into crafting a book. What takes us 2 to 20 hours to read might have taken the author months of effort, research, sweat, and love.
Literally, entire years have been spent writing single books.
Your Time to Digest Books
Books are one of the highest-leveraged tools at your disposal.
If your desire is to improve yourself, escape into a fictional world, or learn a specific skill, books are our first avenue of fulfillment. Yes, YouTube has tons of great how-to videos, tons of fiction being read, and so on. Yes, podcasts offer tons of great fiction and non-fiction avenues for you to master skills and escape in hearing stories read to you. Yes, Audible is the fastest-growing entity in anything related to books right now, a plethora of amazing books that you can digest while driving or going to sleep.
Books: The Highest Leverage Possible
Remember above, I said that a book that took as long as a year to write is one you can usually read in two to twenty hours. Do you grasp what that means? You spend 2 to 20 hours of your life learning every word, literally, another person is trying to convey to you which took that other person up to a year or more to create!
As little as 2 hours to gain a year’s worth of effort is without a doubt, the highest payback in time you will ever experience.
Some of us are visual learners and learn best by reading. I’m one of those kinds, so it’s the kind you should be too! But, in spite of wanting to be just like me, other people are auditory learners. They learn or digest information better when they hear it. For skills, many people learn best by watching someone else demonstrate the skill. Videos are their best way to learn.
Note: For the purists out there, I do not actually consider a physical book any better at providing this leverage than an eBook. The reading of the words, whether on paper or on a screen, is the most personal leverage you can gain from another’s writing efforts. Yes, a physical book offers amazing smells and tactile feedback that many of us still love, but the content being read is the key, not the type of media the words appear on.
Under $3 and Under 20 Hours!
More than a million books are available to you, downloadable in under a minute even on slow connections, at under $3 on Amazon.
More than four million books are available to you in physical form, delivered to your front door by tomorrow if you want it rushed, or even within the next two hours in many cities!
And yet, it’s my sad suspicion that many of you have not digested an actual book, read its words, tasted those words the way the author meant for you to taste the words, in… over a year? … years?
If you don’t read one book a month, really read the book, you know what I mean now, you just throw away the highest-leverage on the planet that can be yours. And one book a month is nothing.
I know it’s blunt to say, but if you don’r read even one book a quarter, then you don’t want to improve yourself as much as you lie to yourself about wanting to improve yourself.