Day 8: Not All Readers Are Leaders, But All Leaders Are Readers
Read to Lead?
It’s true, Legends. You want to rule this world? You’ll have to hit the books.
And no, we’re not referring to the 40 lbs. of course text you carry around. You technically “have” to read those (tell me you do and I’ll call you a liar). We’re talking about reading for recreation, whether it’s a classic, non-fiction masterpiece, or just a hobby book, something you’re doing to develop and learn outside of the classroom.
You have a gift… you can learn, put simply. Give yourself a pat on the back. And we’re going to need you to take advantage of it.
Buy 4 Books to Read This Year
Set a goal for yourself to read one book a quarter, which for you non-business-minded folks means one every three months.
Shoot for one book in personal development, one biography, one fictional read, and lastly The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now written by Dr. Megan Jay. The Legendary Collegian staff highly recommends this last book. It outlines the struggles we all have during our twenties and how to best overcome them.
SEE ALSO: 3 Short Must-Read Motivational Books
Get On the 30 Minute Plan
Having trouble tackling this whole reading thing? No worries, I did too — in fact I hated reading as a young lad. My page per minute rate was atrocious, demoralizing I know, and my attention span lasted maybe 30 minutes, hardly enough time to get “into” a book.
So how did I learn to love it?
So… 30 minutes, huh? Hmm… what if I just set aside 30 minutes to read every day, and just not care how many pages I flipped through, as long as that was my “reading time”. Guess what? It worked! I WAS CURED. For the love of throne worthy success and respectable bubble butts, I was knocking out a book every month.
And if I can do it, you can do it.
Set aside 30 minutes of your day to do nothing but read. I recommend scheduling it either right when you wake up or right before bed to start off with. Over time, you’ll develop the habit, and eventually will feel guilty for not reading. Pretty awesome stuff.
Want to Learn How to Speed Read?
So did we, and we found an easy way to do it:
Basically, the reason why you can’t speed read already: we are taught to enunciate words as we read them, even if we don’t verbally say it (i.e. — in your head). Try it, try to read something right now… even though you’re not reading out loud, you’re still saying each word in your head. This is too slow.
Good news, though: your brain can process information much, much faster than that (whoop whoop!), and this software teaches you how.… for free.
Let us know how it goes!
Over the next month, be on the lookout for your new challenge every day — you can also follow the updated series of posts here.
Also, be sure to print out and hang up your Challenge Checklist so you can keep track. You’ll get a sneak peak at what’s to come, but can get further details with the post associated with each day.
Remember, legends are constantly improving themselves, so it’s up to you to work hard in accomplishing each daily task to help you become the legend on your campus.
Have any books to recommend? Have any other speed reading tips? We want to hear about it. Please keep us updated on your efforts in the comments below!