Leaders are readers. This is such a cliché statement, but it is 100% true. People who lead absolutely do read.
However, not all readers are leaders. I would wager those romance-loving people binge-reading books like Fifty Shades of Grey are probably not the same people out running countries and advancing corporations into the next level of technology. Maybe. But probably not. I think they’re busy doing other things….
It matters WHAT you read just as much as it matters THAT you read.
Self-improvement books, ranging from topics such as spirituality, leadership, mentoring, inner healing and much, much more was a $10 billion-dollar market in 2018. There is a gold mine of helpful (and some questionable, not-so-helpful) books out there to inspire people to become a better version of themselves.
I am on a quest to read an insane amount of books this year, mostly from the self-improvement category. I do intend to throw C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia into the mix at some point – probably over the summer. I do read a lot of other topics, as well, such as science, politics, and history. Obviously, I read the Bible. I feel the need to stretch myself to new limits, expand my thinking, and to grow at as rapid a rate as is possible.
See, I know where I’m heading.
I know – at least in part – many details about my future and I want to do my best to be prepared when I get there! It’s so important to have a vision for your life and then act (as much as is possible) as if it is your reality.
If you want to be the CEO of a company, start doing what the CEO does. READ. Study. Take courses on communication, team-building, and management. Learn by watching documentaries, read history books on notable leaders, and find podcasts that resonate with the person you see yourself becoming in the future.
If you want to be an excellent homemaker, search for hacks on things such as how to fold fitted sheets (trust me, you’ll need to watch that video a few times before it sticks!) or look up ways to get stains out of the carpet. Do some research on how to best greet your spouse when s/he comes home from a lousy day at work. Start creating homemade soaps, scrubs, candles, etc., now and testing out recipes you want to make for that someone special someday down the road. Expose yourself to anything and everything that will help you be the most fantastic helpmate. Invest in yourself and your future now, so when Mr. or Mrs. Right enters your life, you’ll be ready for him/her.
Regardless of what it is you want from your life, statistics show we all want one thing: to look back and have minimal or no regrets. Live with the end in sight. You are the leader of your own life, and leaders are readers.
Now, go grab a book and get to reading!