The 5 Winning Habits of Smart People – 3. Avid Readers

24/09/2014 ~ SuccessJourney Daily Post with Nicholas Akomire ©2014

Avid Reader
Avid Reader

An habit is something that you have done over time and has become natural to you that you find yourself doing it unconsciously. Once you get to that level, then you can be said to have developed an habit, either good or bad. In order for you to actually do things that will put you in the league of “smart people” in the society, you must have enough information at your disposal. One of the best definitions of wisdom is “the right application of knowledge”, you cannot apply rightly what you do not know. This brings us to the third habit that you need to develop if you want to walk the path of the smart: you need to become an Avid Reader, someone who is zealous and always interested in reading, not just textbooks and materials but also different articles, news, blogs and publications.

How can you stand out when you are not up to date? If your dream is to become great tomorrow in a particular field or line of business, you must develop the habit of reading up new trends, happenings and inventions going on in that field. It should not be a ‘once-in-a-while’ thing, make it something you do every day. Things change and that is why you find so many books have editions with the newer editions having better and richer information that the former.

Studies have shown that 15 minutes of reading a day equals more than 1,000,000 words a year. Some of the benefits of reading include:  increase in verbal skills,  helps in articulating thoughts,  enhances problem solving skills, increases concentration, improves writing skills and improves memory. With all of these improvements happening daily in your life, you would have no option than being smart.

Jim Rohn said “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become”.

Develop the habit of reading and you will be sure to become that man who attracts success.

Have a lovely Wednesday.

I honour you!

Nicholas Akomire

Twitter: @ItsNicholasAE


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