was talking with a young man the other day, and he mentioned that his generation
doesn't like to read. I was thinking that applied to most generations. I know
that when I was young, I didn't like to read. In our home, when I was young, we
didn't really have books around much, just a few here and there. My parents were
poor and uneducated in general, so it would be natural I guess for me to follow
a young boy, I wanted an encyclopedia and my mom bought me the Golden Book
Encyclopedia one volume at a time at the grocery store until I had the whole
set. It had great graphics and was colorful and so interesting and I really got
into reading in it. Then I got to the enlightened age of about ten or so and was
more into what other kids were doing outside instead of me being inside I guess.
it was, my interest in reading became a lack of interest and finding every short
cut imaginable to get by in school without reading much. At 21, I began to read
and began to value books again and began building a personal library. Some of
those first books are still in my library and it grew from one book to over
2,000. I even read many of them!
I talk with people, I find so few who read for learning. I know some who read
mainly for entertainment. It's interesting. I find so much from books and they
have helped me to learn about sales, management, the Internet, spirituality, and
the list goes on. Now I have a Kindle and read most of my books there, and it is
amazing what I am still learning today.
value of a book to me is the ideas contained therein. The real value of the book
is not the idea itself, but the expansion of the idea, the application of it and
the understanding of it by virtue of elaboration on the subject. It is
interesting being an author myself now that I learned so much by writing a book
and how much more I respect those who have had the courage and gumption to write
books and put them out there for me to find. Knowing how much work it is, I so
appreciate their efforts.
spent many thousands of dollars on books over time, it would be easy to consider
how that money could have been spent. Jim Rohn says, "never begrudge the money
you spend on your own education." That is great advice. In fact, I am completely
satisfied with the massive value I have received from the very small investment
have helped to bring me to where I am today and where that is is a wonderful
place for me. I am so grateful.
The Book I Don't Read, Won't Help.
Spread Some Joy Today--Give a book you love away and give some inspiration
to others. I love giving great books away. It is a joy for me.