Reading is great. In fact I always like to say, “Leaders are readers.” Just like anything else, though, strategic reading is best. Let me explain:
1) Information Overload When you don’t practice “targeted reading” you know a lot of things about a lot of things, but how much real quality info would you have gained?
2) You’ll be wide read but not well read
Instead of reading a book on dating, then another one on investing, and another one on wisdom , it’ll be better for you to focus your attention on a particular subject and build on it. For example read two or three books on investing and compare how the authors either compliment or contradict each other. There will usually be the one side, the other side and your side. Don’t be fooled, even reading needs a plan!
3) Why are you even reading in the first place?
What part of your life needs to be improved? Are you struggling with finances? Then why are you reading a book on mentoring? Even if things are great in your life and you just want to increase in knowledge, that needs to be done strategically. Now you may ask, “What if I come across an amazing book on the shelf and my life could get better?” If it genuinely will get better, go for it! Though 9 times out 10 people find themselves reading books they want but don’t necessarily-and in some cases, actually-need.
At the end of the day it’s about relevance. You may like the book, but is it relevant? Even if it’s not but you still like it, ask yourself, “Is it worth investing so much time and, in some cases money, if my life is not going to change?” Living a productive life is the most fulfilling way to live. This is how you want to feel after good well planned out reading:
True that you must “Learn one thing about everything and everything about one thing” it just needs to be done strategically! However you choose to read, make sure your life changes for the better!
Anyone with any comment, suggestion, concern or question on the matter? Now if you disagree with some of the points mentioned here, then read this post, benefits of disciplined reading.