I wrote this article for Box Pro Magazine over 5 years ago. I’ve updated it slightly and I’ve talked about the importance of reading before, but I thought it was relevant, especially with everyone’s new give circumstances and I still love the word “asshole”.
Let’s start with why you’re an asshole if you are not reading and then once I convince you, I’ll give you some of my favorites. Confession time: I was an asshole for the first 34 years of my life because I wasn’t reading. I’m now 42, so that leaves me with other reasons to why I’m still an asshole, it’s just not because I don’t read.
“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 firmly believe in this quote. Go figure that you’re stuck in a repetitive life or business doing the same thing over and over again when all you do are the same things over and over again. We’ll address “the people you meet” in a later blog, but let’s get back to you not reading and it making you an asshole. “There he goes again with the “asshole” stuff, isn’t that a little aggressive?” Yes, it is, but being aggressive is about the only thing that grabs anyone’s attention these days, and let’s be honest, your excuses for not reading came straight out of the A-hole 101 Handbook.
Excuses for not reading:
- I don’t like to read.
- It makes me sleepy.
- I just can’t find anything I like.
- I don’t have the time.
Good news is that you’re reading this, so you’re on your way to being less of an asshole. Reading actual books and not just Facebook and witty blog posts such as this is the true path to redemption. So, let me rebut your lame reasonings:
- “I don’t like to read” is the king of all A-hole statements. If you don’t like to read, you just haven’t found the right books or genera (see No. 3). Or, you’re lazy and happy being the exact same as you are right now for the rest of your life.
- “It makes me sleepy.” Then either you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re reading at the wrong time (try reading in the morning and see “Miracle Morning” if you just grumbled that you’re not a morning person) or you’re looking at it the wrong way. Some people have trouble sleeping, so try reading before you go to bed! It makes you sleepy and that’s a good feeling to have right before you go to bed.
- “I just can’t find anything I like.” There are literally millions of books available in print or electronic version, some are even FREE. Or, check out the library(in time). YouTube has several audio books available, and this is great if you spend a lot of time in the car or pony up the $15 per month and get Audible.
- “I don’t have the time.” If you read 10 pages a day for a year, it will take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes a day depending on your reading speed (Check out Tim Ferriss on how to improve). You will have read 3,650 pages in that year. That’s over 18 books with 200 pages each!
Find a topic that relates to your interests and I guarantee there are books on it. Another way is to ask your friends and family what the best book was they have read lately. This one makes you look like a winner all around.
Well, my job is done here, and I don’t really think you’re an asshole. I just love the word and committing myself to reading has changed my life. I want it to do the same thing for you.
E-Myth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber – A must read for every business owner.
The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod – Re-work your mornings and turn them into a powerful tool to start your day.
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – Help makes sense of this journey we are all on.
48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene – Learn the rule in life and how to better play the game.
The Power of Now, Eckart Tolle – Stop living in the past and/or worry about the future, live in the
now and start enjoying life.
Thick Face Black Heart, Chin-Ning Chu – The warrior philosophy for conquering the challenges of life and business.
Mindset, Carol Dweck – The difference between a fixed and growth mindset and how to develop and use the later.
War of Art and Turning Pro, Steven Pressfield – Finding the way from within yourself to do the things you need to do.
The 5am Club, Robin Sharma – Own your morning, elevate your life.
Eric Karls M.Ed.
Chief Awesomeness Facilitator
Certified Level 3 CrossFit Coach