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The Power of Reading

My life has changed in the last year since I began to read. Now of course I’ve read before. I developed a love for reading at eight years old.

My brothers and I were homeschooled by our mom. Until we each turned eight we had what parents today call unschooling. Mom helped us learn important life principles in our young days in an informal way.

Once I turned eight and began to read my brain soaked up everything that came my way. Within a year I was caught up to my age level for reading. At age 10 I read through a 2,000 page book of Mark Twain’s published works. I would lay under the covers at night with a flashlight and become part of Huckleberry Finn’s adventures as well as following the journeys of the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court.

When I was 11 mom purchased reading software which contained about 150 classical pieces of literature for young people to read. I sat at the computer desk for hours reading through books on our old CRT monitor. From then until the age of 23 my interest in reading was alive and well.

However, it wasn’t until 2011 that I really began reading with a purpose to change my life for the better. It happened when I attended Dave Ramsey’s one day EntreLeadership simulcast. I realized that Dave Ramsey’s level of knowledge and expertise was at least partially related to what he had learned by reading books. Throughout the seminar he recommend several authors, I wrote their names down.

I read through books like “Thou Shall Prosper” by Rabbi Daniel Lapin, as well as books by Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, and nearly any other author Dave Ramsey mentioned. In the months following I listened to Dave Ramsey’s radio show and added authors and books that he recommended to my wish lists on Amazon and Audible.com.

Since then I’ve read, and am in the process of reading about 45 or so books. Yeah, I’ve probably got a dozen books open right now. But the point is that I’m reading.
By the recommendation of Leo Laporte, from MacBreak Weekly, I started an Audible subscription. Thanks to Audible the bulk of my reading has been through audio books . I’m currently signed up for two Audible credits a month.

Reading has changed my life, and more recently that change has been drastic. As Dave Ramsey says, 10 years from now the only thing that will make us better is the books we’ve read and the people we know.

One thing of interest. As far as I can remember I haven’t read a single fiction book in the last year. I’m not sure where I stand on works of fiction, I would be curious to know what experiences others have had in being inspired and encouraged by reading fiction.

58 thoughts on “The Power of Reading

  1. Pilgrim’s Progress was a big inspiration, though its been quite a few years since I read it. That would be a rare exception, though. I can’t recall any fiction titles I’ve read in the past 5 years and I’m not hurting for it.

    Never stop learning, man! You’ve helped inspire me to keep reading, too, and I am not going to stop!

  2. Thanks for the comment! While I am sticking to non fiction right now, I think there is a place for “stories” essentially. I’ll see what I can find.

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