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The best advice I got was to always read.

Reading during your spare time, in fact create time to read. Make time in your schedule for reading.

You just make it because it is really important. It is a non-negotiable part of your life.

Reading should not be done because you are bored and you will read a book to pass time.

Reading should be intentional and scheduled.

Reading must become as natural as eating and breathing to you. It’s not something you do because you feel like it, but because it’s a reflex, a default.

The best times often are early morning before every wakes up, or late at night before you sleep.

Avoid installing games on your phone that is time you could be reading.

When you are eating, read.

When you are on the train, in the waiting room, at the office, read. It is work, really important work.

Reading is work that matters.

Don’t let anyone ever let you feel like it’s not.

Do you know how much time you waste during the day? Conference calls, meetings, social media, TV shows that you don’t really like but watch anyway. Well, if you can make time for that you can make time for reading. [Or better, just swap those activities for books]

Spending an hour reading in the morning and another hour at night before sleeping makes a huge difference.

Carry a book with you everywhere you go.

When I go to places where I will have to sit and wait, e.g queue at the Home Affairs department, wait for a train or bus, I carry a book and read while waiting.

When I have meetings at say a restaurant, I often arrive an hour early, so that I can read while waiting.

Books single handedly have the power to turn a day from a normally ‘good’ to ‘remarkable’.

If you want to read more, there’s no real secret. It’s about adjusting your priorities and your perception so that reading becomes an extension of who you are and what you do.

Do not stop reading, you can never know enough.

As Pluto said in his book The Republic:

“Anyone who ever said that I know, has pressed the button to stop learning.”

The moment that you say that you know, you have stopped your learning.

Never assume that you know enough because you can never know enough.

Always pack a book on this entrepreneurship journey. Read least one book a month.

 

One thought on “Suitcase: Always carry a book

  1. That is true, but what I have gotten to is audio books I play them when I am driving around the time really accumulates when you driving round. My gift to people this year has been books I believe there can be value added in their lives through reading.

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