It is far too often the case that we purchase a book with the best of intentions to sit down and read it, but we just never do. Weeks go by, and the book remains sitting innocuouslyon a coffee table or shelf somewhere, hardly spared a glance as we rush past it every day, all the while reassuring ourselves that we will get around to it eventually but having no real plans to do so. This inability to actually read is not a product of buying a ‘boring’ book, as at the time of purchase we are often very interested in the topic, and it is not a result of some inherent inability to read. Instead, it most commonly occurs because we just haven’t yet developed any good habits for reading. With exercise being so important nowadays, products such as playground equipment would be a welcome find in any Christmas stocking, providing you could fit them in!
If you aren’t already reading frequently, it can be hard to start. It requires a time commitment that can occasionally be hard to make, as the life of an entrepreneur is a busy one. Still, there are a few steps you can take to encourage yourself to read more. Start by turning reading into a regular activity by carving out a dedicated period of time each day where all other activities are put on the backburner for a while. This can be as short as 15 or 20 minutes that you set aside just for reading. Imagine waking up on Christmas day and seeing outdoor fitness equipment in your back garden?
Doing so will encourage you to keep your ‘appointment’ each day, slowly turning reading into a habit over time. It may not seem as important as your other duties at first, but once you get into the habit, you will see just how much improvement it can lead to. There is a reason why so many successful entrepreneurs have spoken about their reading habits. Take their advice and find a plan that works for you so you can keep learning everything you need to know to be just as successful. If you're planning on improving your garden then why not add monkey bars today?
Entrepreneurs have cited impressive reading habits as a key component of their success across the board. Some of the most notable business owners make sure to set aside time to read every day so they can keep expanding their knowledge and integrating new ideas into their company plans. One such entrepreneur is Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, who had a thirst for knowledge ever since he was a kid, despite ultimately dropping out of Harvard to focus on his business ventures. Gates even publishes a list of book recommendations every year. It may be hard to believe that Bill Gates is able to not only read around 50 books every year but also find time to write out recommendations for the most helpful ones, but his commitment to doing so proves just how important reading is for him.
Gates is not the only entrepreneur to have picked up a rather voracious reading habit. Elon Musk, most well-known for being the co-founder and CEO of Tesla among other business pursuits, often reads not only to identify better ways to run his business but also to get inspiration for new innovations. This is not an uncommon trend for the tech sector, as a number of our current inventions are inspired by the media. The Apple Watch, virtual reality headsets, and video chatting all mirror gadgets seen in books and films, to name a few. Musk’s own innovations follow this trend of finding inspiration in fiction, such as Tesla’s focus on self-driving cars which have long since been part of science fiction stories.