Sunday, June 17, 2012

Read Read Read (( Billion Dollar Advice))

Read, Read, Read

A man once wrote to Warren Buffet, who ranked number one in Forbes 2008 rich list. He asked him, 'If you could give me just one piece of advice to become as rich as you are what would it be?  His answer was 'Read, read read'. That is quite a statement, from quite an authoritative source. The man is reportedly worth $62.0 Billion, totally self made, if he has something to say, I would hazard a guess that it may be worth listening.

Sometimes when I walk into a public library, I can feel the quiet, peaceful and serene vibrations resonating within its walls. I am sure it is the vast amount of accumulated knowledge contained within the building. I often love to wonder what it would be like if there were a pill or injection that could transfer all the collected knowledge into my brain at once. I would suddenly be a very enlightened and intelligent young man, with the world at my feet.

The bad news is there is no such pill or injection. The good news however, the world is at my feet, and yours too. We can become enlightened through the consumption of good books.

Q. I can never find the time to read.
A. This is a common problem faced by us all. The pressures of daily life ensure that we are squeezed of our time. I recommend learning to speed read. That way you can read more books in a shorter amount of time, it's the closest thing to pill or injection that we have. It's the only way to learn and retain information on a limited timescale.

Q. There are millions of books. How do I know which ones to read?
A. Be selective and prioritise. Some books will have to be sacrificed, annoying, I know, but necessary.
If you are starting a new business, start reading up on marketing, how to create a business plan etc, that novel you have been dying to read, may have to wait. Spend as much time as you can educating yourself, it will pay off.

Q. I don't enjoy reading.
A. Try listening to audio books, you may find it easier but more expensive for the convenience. This is also a good tip in saving time. Most people who don't enjoy reading, feel uncomfortable at their ability to read well, but reading can be learned, stick with it. It is harder for some, but is a valuable tool and well worth the effort.

Be open minded! Accept both the traditional wisdom of the past, and investigate the new theories of the present. Never be so high minded to believe you already know it all, because you don't. There is always more to learn. Not all you read will be useful or true, it will be down to you to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Enjoy learning; be thankful for past experience and those who took the time to record it. When you come across a pearl of wisdom, write it down so you never forget it. Live the principles you learn, use the techniques you find. Napoleon Hill quite rightly said: 'Millions falsely believe that knowledge is power. It is nothing of the sort! Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organised into definite plans of action and directed to a definite end'.

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