I once heard Warren Buffett say that he doesn’t know anything that anyone else couldn’t know if they read as much as he reads. He estimates he spends as much as 80% of his work day reading, and I bet he has long work days.
How much are you reading?
I wasn’t a huge reader as a child. Not like my sister who would hide under the covers with a flashlight reading late into the night. Not like my parents who would sit in our living room all evening with no tv on reading the newspaper and magazines and books.
But I did well in English class, and I had English teacher after English teacher who made an impact on me. They taught me to think and question and express myself. They taught me to listen and learn from what others had to say.
So I became an English teacher. I hope I had the chance to do a little of the same for some of the amazing humans I got the chance to know in my classroom.
But I still wasn’t a reader.
Then one summer while cruising garage sales looking for children’s clothes and games, I found a book for a dime. It caught my attention. It was a thriller called Compelling Evidence. It wasn’t Shakespeare. It was distracting fiction.
Never underestimate the power of distracting fiction.
I tore through that book, and I have been a reader ever since. My current obsessions are library audio books with the Sora app. So much distracting fiction right now.
Last week a friend bought me a book. The gesture meant so much to me. It looks amazing. It’s not fiction. It’s one of those books that will push me and challenge me and make me a better person. I cannot wait to start it.
I guess my point is this…read. Read fiction. Read non-fiction. Read the newspaper and magazines. Spend a little time in a world made entirely from someone’s imagination or engrossed in a book that will help you become a better version of yourself.
It might not make us Warren Buffett, but it will distract and delight us.