Updated: Aug 23, 2021
There is a great quote that explains the importance of reading and finding mentors more than anything. It goes something like this, “ A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether”, (Roy H. Williams). This is why it is super important to read and find mentors. If you are able to read about people's mistakes and learn from them, it gives you a better chance of succeeding and avoiding many mistakes that you would have done otherwise. Another side effect that reading brings to people is an increase of confidence. That is because you have the knowledge of other people's mistakes and if faced with the same problem you can make a better choice. I am sure there is a book for everything and I know that it's impossible to read all the books in the world, but if you are able to read 1 book every 2 weeks, that would add up to 500 books in 20 years. That is a lot of information and knowledge that could give you a higher chance of succeeding. I wasn't into books as much as I am right now, something that changed that habit was me meeting a few mentors that made me realize how little I knew and how much information was out there. I started reading a couple years ago, the first year I read 10 books, the second year I read 35, and I can honestly say that all the reading has helped me develop into a better person. Another quote that I really like is this one, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”, (Charlie Tremendous Jones). I am glad I started reading at the age of 24, but I would have loved it even more if I had started at the age of 18 or younger. Then again it's never too late to start as long as you start, but the sooner you do it the better it is due to the compound effect. These are only a few reasons why meeting people and reading is important and I will do my best to give some more in the future so you too can benefit from it.
Anyways guys, hope this advice helps you all and hope that you all learn from each other.
Until next time!