4 Reasons You Must Be Intentional About Your Reading

Chris —  December 29, 2010

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.  ~Groucho Marx

In 2010 I set out to be intentional about what I read.  I set a goal of reading 40 books and made a list of 25 I wanted to read.  Here’s why you should do the same.

  1. Once you are out of school, you have to choose to keeplearning. Without teachers telling you what to read, it is up to you to continue to learn and think.  It’s up to you: read or rot.
  2. You are what your read. Books are a direct injection of new ideas, and a vision for what life can become.  They introduce concepts that TV or your best friend never can.  Without them, you are on your own.
  3. Books are there when you need them. Even the best friend can’t be there all the time, or give you the time and effort needed to help you think through something. One man said “I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.”
  4. Well intentioned reading forces you to see other’s point of view. You can’t pay me to listen to partisan radio.  I’ll never know what it’s like to be an African refugee.  But reading can help me understand both.

What’s on your 2011 reading list.  Any suggestions?

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