The Gift We Often Ignore

“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think.  That is very uncommon in American business.  I read and think…”   ~ Warren Buffett[i]

One of the greatest gifts I have ever received was the gift of reading.  Like most of you, I learned to read in grade school.  Soon I learned that I could go anywhere I wanted to go, do anything I wanted to do, be anybody I wanted to be, and learn anything I wanted to learn through the pages of a book.   Reading has brought me many opportunities to learn, to grow, to relax and to expand my knowledge base.  In general, it has made me a better person.  One might ask, “Why should I read?”  Here are a few great reasons:

For Pleasure:  Read what you like to read; it will relax and entertain you.  And, you will probably learn something new.

For Professional Growth:  Read things that will help you in your work.  Read about your organization.  Read about your customers, fellow workers, competition, industry or business.  The more you know, the better you will be able to contribute to your organization—resulting in those within the organization listening more closely to you and recognizing your contributions.

For Personal Growth:  Read things that will help you grow as a person, father, mother, son, daughter, friend.  Relish in the act of learning new things and being reminded of old thoughts or ideas.

Relationships:  Read about things that are meaningful to those around you.  You will be able to share ideas and discuss topics that are important to those you care about and work with.  You will strengthen your relationships and learn something new in the process.

You might say, “I don’t like to read.”  You can change that!  A close friend was taught to read utilizing a method that turned out to be a mistake.  As a result, reading was challenging.  As an adult, she decided to address the challenge via a New Year’s resolution.  That year she read six books, and now reads 20 to 30 books each year for pure enjoyment.

Most of us have been gifted with the ability to read.  Enjoy and further develop this precious gift.

[i] Prefontaine, M. (2015).  The big book of quotes: Funny, inspirational and motivational quotes on life, love and much else.  MPPublishing.

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