If you find a society where there are good leaders, it must be a society that pays attention to reading. Readers are leaders. If you don’t read you cannot be informed. An uninformed mind is more dangerous than an unformed mind. A baby has an unformed mind. An uninformed mind is a formed mind empty of knowledge. He is susceptible to errors, and an easy object of manipulation by the informed mind. One of the main reasons people choose wrong leaders during election is because they are uninformed. They follow the dictates of others.
“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. You are a reflection of what you know. What you know is a function of your knowledge. Knowledge is acquired through learning and experiencing. The easiest of the two is learning, and one easy way to learn is by reading. Experiencing oftentimes is of more benefit to others than to the person having the experience, but reading benefits you directly.
The saying ‘Readers are leaders’ is not just a cliché. It is an enduring truth. Reading exposes you. Good books open up your mind and gives you edge above others in whatever subject you read on. They make you experience several lives while you are reading. ‘A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.’ (William Styron). It shouldn’t come as a surprise if the depth and content of your speech or conversation leaves your audience speechless. Such brilliant and articulate speech delivery, whether prepared or ad libbed only comes from consistent reading.
There is a lot of things you can easily learn by reading. Reading actually gives you the opportunity to understand the workings of the minds of the writers. So if you want to be a President, read books written by and about Presidents. Whatever you want to become in life, find books on those who have already achieved it.
In reading however, be careful with your choice of books. You can easily be initiated into some dangerous cults or habits by reading certain books. So read books on science, art, Finance, self help, autobiographies and biographies of great people. The Bible is arguably the greatest book because it is life manual. It teaches you how to live.
If you travel with great people, you will observe that while others are sleeping or chatting, most of the time they are reading and taking notes. So if you want to be Distinguished in life, you must make reading a chronic habit.
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