I can honestly say that reading is probably the number one thing that changed my life to the better forever. If there are only two things I have to recommend to anyone in this world, they would be exercise and reading.
I know it’s hard to find the time to read books. But with good time management techniques, it can be done. You just have to see all the benefits and be motivated enough.
My intention with this blog post is to encourage you to read more. But in addition to that, you will also learn:
The number one reason why you should read every day
Other benefits of regular reading
How to become fond of reading
My personal experience of how reading changed my life
Reading metrics you should follow
THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON FOR READING EVERY DAY
The most important reason to read (non-fiction) every day is regular maintenance and updates for your brain.
Imagine your body is a piece of hardware and your brain is the organ that runs the software to operate your body and how you experience life – from making everyday decisions to how you feel about certain situations.
Even if the brain is a remarkably powerful organ, the software it runs among neurons is quite buggy. Extremely buggy, actually.
Brain bugs come from many different sources, like suppressed traumatic experiences, cognitive distortions, limiting beliefs, lack of awareness, false knowledge transmitted from others (the Earth is flat?), and so on.
Now here’s the awesome news. By reading, listening to lectures, talking to people, observing different situations, reflecting and other similar situations, you can update your software to be less buggy.
Updating your brains (learning) = Download + Process + Apply
You have the ability to make your software more powerful, more capable, more accurate and with fewer bugs. In other words, you become more intelligent when you regularly update and maintain your software.
Among all the ways of “downloading” knowledge to update the “software” that your brain runs, reading is one of the best and the most popular ones.