I used to hate reading.
Like many people, I used to think it was boring, pointless, and had no tangible benefit to my life.
During high school, my teachers would often force classic literature into my mind, as if were the remedy to all of my problems. But more often than not, my lack of interest in the topic resulted in a belief that reading was a chore and not an activity to be enjoyed.
Without even knowing you, I know that you want to live with a sense of optimism, and to enjoy every moment of your life. So when you’re forced to read books that you don’t enjoy, it’s easy to create a mental association between reading and perpetual boredom.
It wasn’t until I graduated from college that I started reading books that made me gain a new perspective on life. Because all of a sudden, I had a desire to learn about philosophy, different cultures around the world, and many more things. As Dr. Seuss once said:
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
I’m empathetic to the fact that you have a busy life. You need to progress in your career, spend time with your family, and many other things that are vital to living in modern society. So I’m not saying that you need to give any of that up.
But it’s certainly possible to read a lot more books, without having to sacrifice any of the things that matter to you.
Find Books That You Want To Read
I’ve discovered that the best way to read more frequently is by reading books that interest you. So if you want to begin a daily habit, it’s essential to find a variety of books that you genuinely enjoy.
For example, I currently have a strong passion for philosophy, as I’m always searching for new ways of thinking. So whenever I get an opportunity, I’ll find a variety of philosophical books that may interest me.
If you’re looking for a few books to kickstart your reading habit, below are some of my favorites:
- “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius.
- “The Obstacle Is The Way” by Ryan Holiday.
- “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau.
- “Letters From A Stoic” by Seneca.
- “The Art Of War” by Sun Tzu.
Each month, consider taking a few moments to find a collection of books that you enjoy. For example, I’ll often look at my recommendations on Amazon & Audible to create a list of exciting books.
If you don’t love reading a specific book, put it down, and find something else. Because when you can enjoy every moment of reading, you’ll discover that it’ll soon become an activity to look forward to each day.
Discover A Method That Works For You
If you’re spending a lot of time outside, or are occupied with work assignments, it’s understandable that you can’t always sit down on the sofa and read.
So whenever I’m unable to pick up a physical book, I’ll turn to digital options to ensure I can maintain a daily habit. For example, I’ll listen to an audiobook during a walk down the beach. Or whenever I’m traveling, I’ll download several books on my iPad to read while sitting on a plane.
It’s important to remember that you don’t need to read physical books if it’s inconvenient. So a better solution is to experiment with a variety of different reading methods and continue with whatever works best for you.
Read Whenever You Get An Opportunity
In his book, the 50th Law, Robert Greene talks about the importance of using every possible moment in your life to learn something new. He says:
“If you’re just letting the time pass at your job, it’s just dead time, and you’ll never get it back. If at that job you’re learning, and you’re observing, and you’re seeing about people and connections, it’s suddenly alive time.”
Whenever you have a spare moment, you can always read & become a better person than yesterday. Because if you’re continually growing, even by a small amount, the power of compound interest will create exponential results over time.
So whenever you get a chance, ask yourself: “What actions can I take right now to take advantage of the present moment?
That’s all you need to do.