When do successful people read
Leaders are Readers - does reading make it successful?
Anyone who has known me for a long time knows about my “Lesewerk” project, a company that I created to teach other people how to speed reading and how to deal with our flood of information. Why are these topics so important to me? Because I know that Reading and correct filtering and processing of information the quickest way is to educate yourself and become successful. Today I would like to show you why it is so valuable for your career to pick up a book (or today your eBook reader) and put your smartphone aside.
Do successful people read a lot?
If I ask in my circle of friends how many of my friends read regularly, I often hear: "I have way too much stress and no time to read at all".
So how do entrepreneurs and busy people like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffet do it? All these gentlemen read regularly and a lot. Bill Gates is supposed to devour around 50 books a year, that's one book a week.
Many successful people have mastered the technique of speed reading. It enables you to absorb a lot of information within a short time and thus to more knowledge and competence. But where should you put all the information?
In fact, our brain has to deal with a veritable flood of information on a daily basis. Email, social media, magazines, news - we are bombarded with information. How do you still want to know what is really important?
In order to keep track of things, it is necessary to filter and question. Not everything has to be right just because someone published it on the Internet, not everything is important to you right now and here.
Leaders are Readers - Is that correct?
Of course, not all bookworms are born leaders or automatically successful at the same time. It's not that easy after all. In fact, in addition to the obvious absorption of information, reading also has one or the other positive effect on your brain, your health and thus your career.
Reading relaxes you and helps you sleep better.
Reading can reduce stress, relax you, slow your heartbeat and even help you fall asleep. It doesn't have to be a whole novel or a dictionary. Just six minutes a day just concentrating on the book in your hand can reduce your stress level by up to two thirds.
Reading trains your soft skills.
Good leaders are empathic. They can empathize with their employees, feel and enjoy themselves, listen. Can you still remember the books from your childhood? Pippi Longstocking, The children of Bullerbü - how did we love the protagonists?
Bookworms learned from an early age to empathize with other people, the heroes and heroines of the books we read. If you want to lead a team, you should show interest in the personality and history of each of your employees. You should be empathetic.
Reading improves our communication.
What is important for good and positive communication? Knowing what it's about, knowing the facts, doing proper research and good arguments. Much more important: empathy. As already mentioned in point two, reading can strengthen our empathy, which in turn is extremely important in a conversation. How do you want to know whether your counterpart really understands you, whether he is uncomfortable with the topic and whether the time is right if you cannot put yourself in his or her place?
In a good book, we also often get to know different perspectives on a situation. If we know how to look at a situation from different perspectives, this helps in finding solutions and building relationships.
Last but not least, regular reading naturally improves our feeling for language and our language skills.
Reading is training for your brain
Your brain is like a muscle that needs to be trained. The more you lift weights, the stronger you get. The more you read, the more you train your brain and thus your mental fitness.
If you like to concentrate on a book and often, you will also have a higher attention span. As a rule, you can also perform other tasks in a more disciplined manner - if it brings you fun and meaning.
Reading spurs innovation.
If you like to read detective novels, like to lose yourself in alternative dimensions and worlds or if you love the informative character of non-fiction books, you will find out new things, no question about it. By experiencing a different reality, the world of history, you get to know new perspectives.
You will become more solution-oriented and more creative - both in turn spur your desire for innovation.
Have you taken a certain manager or a successful person as a role model? Then find out what he or she is reading. Go to a library (or online) and get the same book. You will be amazed how many new ideas come from a new story!
What do successful people read?
Anyone who wants to be successful and lead other people should always remain curious and never want to stop learning. That's exactly what we do when we decide to pick up a book instead of scrolling through Facebook.
I often hear the advice to read both fictional and non-fictional books: Get lost on Treasure Island, solve a criminal case and then dive into an autobiography. Often it is textbooks that are preferred by successful people. Knowledge is power and there is a lot of knowledge between the pages of a book.
In my opinion, it is important that you read what is currently important and applicable to you and your situation. What are you interested in now? What do you need for your role as a manager and what will bring you further?
Make reading a routine. Always have a book next to your bed and make a conscious decision to read a few pages before bed instead of a few Facebook updates.
What are you reading?
Do you like to read and often? Have you ever had the experience that a book or a story changed something in you, in your career or in your leadership style?
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