By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills
People who reads add power to their lives. With all of numerous techy ways to entertain ourselves, why do leaders and successful people spend hours reading fiction, nonfiction, articles, and blog posts?
How does reading add power to our lives?
The more we learn about people and the world, the wiser we become. When we study topics and become proficient in understanding concepts, we are able to speak with authority.
“Knowledge is power.” Many historians believe Sir Francis Bacon coined this phrase in 1597. Thomas Jefferson was known to use the phrase in his writings.
Improves Communication Skills
Adding words to our vocabulary by learning their definitions and usage helps us take command of language. Carrying on an insightful conversation with others becomes exciting and stimulating. When we contribute to discussions, we’re filled with more self-confidence.
“Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.” Jon Rohn
Stretches Our Imagination
Reading takes us on a journey to worlds we’ve never visited before. We can envision ourselves in a unique setting, time, enjoy a culture, or imagine new foods. The adventure reduces stress and helps us relax.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
Helps Us Discover Where We Fit
Many times we feel as though we’re standing outside of life looking in. Reading instills a passion for learning, which in turn develops our interests and helps us explore where we belong in the world
“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Reading develops leadership skills by challenging the person to investigate new ideas, research, and technology. Those who read in a variety of genres open their minds to new concepts and possibilities. Solving problems and developing new and better methods to live life to the fullest becomes a passion and a necessity.
“Leaders are readers.” Dave Ramsey
Do you add power to your life by reading?
DiAnn’s Library Corner
Librarian – Your library is a center of learning for young and old. Is your community aware of your many different types of media available in your library?