Gaining Knowledge by Reading

Posted on March 24, 2016 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

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Gaining knowledge by reading is one of the best options that we have.   We can literally witness the experiences and thoughts that people have documented throughout the ages.

John Maxwell, well know author, speaker and  leadership coach shared this insite from his life.

He said, “My father understood the value of reading.   He paid an allowance to my older brother and younger sister to read 30 minutes a day.  He put the books in our hands, that he wanted us to read.   He specifically choice books he wanted us to read to be successful.  Some of the great classics in life like “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.  Norman Vincent Peale, “The Power of Positive Thinking”.

John said that these books literally changed their life and direction.  This demonstrates the power of gaining knowledge by reading.

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Books are helpful for kids to put the basic values of life.  You can literally create within your child a mindset that will lead them to make wise choices.

If we want to put our money where our value is, than buy books for your yourself, your children and your grandchildren.  It really can change our life and their lives  You are investing in your future.  The right books can make a difference.

Why?

Because knowledge sets you apart from people who don’t understand and don’t know and that’s all because you spend time reading.

Just like what you eat feeds your body, what you think feeds your mind so it is important that you take special care what ideas you feed your mind with.

So, how do you go about feeding your mind with quality information and ideas?  By reading quality books.  Self education allows you to create a real fortune.  Reading exposes you to a variety of ideas that can help change your life forever.  Reading helps you to become wise

What to read

Read the words of King Solomon:

“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies, nothing you desire can compare with her.” Proverbs 3:13-15

Reading can include the newspapers, magazines, work- or school-related books, fiction, and books on subjects of interest.

Reading fiction cannot only get you involved in the story, but is also a source of useful facts and representations of how people act and think.  I am not a fan of fiction books but historical fiction can be very helpful.

Books and magazine articles can teach, as well as give opinions of the authors.

Biographies inspire me greatly.  These are real people with a real story of success or defeat.  Stories of overcoming against all odds.  Stories of how they acted or reacted to what was thrown their way along this journey called life.

You should not only read about things you are interested, but also be curious enough to look into new material and different subjects.

Feed your mind with gems of wisdom everyday.  And remember, include the Bible in your daily readings.  Why?

“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Gaining Knowledge By ReadingWhere to get material

The sources are unlimited.  The library that we have in our home is now pretty much digitalized online.  Some of the great classics and reference books that we paid a lot for can be accessed online.   You can get books from the library or bookstore.  You can access articles, essays and lessons over the Internet.

Become Selective in Your Choices

Problems concerning reading is separating the wheat from the chafe.  Among the useful information exists a large quantity of useless or even incorrect information.

May I suggest that you find a particular author that you enjoy and has inspired you and look for his latest work.  Ask a friend who reads a lot and is putting what he reads into practice, what he is reading.  Do your homework and seek out good authors and books.  Your time is valuable and you do not want to waste.

Speed-reading and skim reading are useful skills to help decide what you should bother with.

Summary on Gaining Knowledge by Reading

Reading is an important way to gain knowledge.  As you think about reading, think of it as an investment.  It is an investment in you.  The knowledge you gain will set  you apart from people who don’t understand and don’t know.  This is all because you spend time reading.

Bonus:  Reading will also increase your vocabulary and your ability to express your thoughts.  It will make you to become a leader.

“One should not depend on formal education alone to gain knowledge.
Formal education makes you a living, while self education makes you a fortune”.
Jim Rohn

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