Ever hear someone say that they hate reading or that they “aren’t a reader”? Maybe you’ve said those excuses yourself. Does that same logic apply to exercising? Eating healthy? Brushing your teeth? Is that our standard for deciding how to live? If you “aren’t an exerciser” or you hate eating healthy, does that give you a pass? Of course not! The truth is there’s zero excuse for not reading either.
We’re living in a literary smorgasbord. Amazon can get any book in the world to your doorstep by tomorrow.
Our minds expand reading biographies like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. Our awareness of history is blown up by Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. We are in awe of human endurance in The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz, and we laugh and are encouraged by Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
You exercise, eat healthy, brush your teeth, and you read. You do this because you’re smart enough to know it’s good for you. Not because you necessarily feel like it or love it.
Amateurs only read if they feel like it; pros read consistently because they’re always working to improve themselves. Go pro!