An Easy Way to Change Your Life
By User12601034-Oracle on Apr 05, 2010
I just read a Harvard Business School article HBS Cases: iPads, Kindles and the Close of a Chapter in Book Publishing that talked about the distribution battle between electronic books and paper versions of those books. While the conversation didn't differ from things I've already read, one piece of information absolutely amazed me.
The article states that “Less than half of all American adults ever read a book after leaving school. Most of the remainder read, at most, only one or two books a year. Industry estimates indicate that somewhere between 15 and 25 percent of the population purchase books on a somewhat regular basis.”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME????
I find this absolutely frightening. Personally, I have 3-4 books going at any time, and I probably finish 3-5 books per month. To me, choosing to not read is on par with saying that Orwell's 1984 is a great world. Choosing not to read is like telling the world that you are okay with someone else making your decisions; that you are okay with someone else telling you what to think; that you are okay with intellectual challenges not existing in the world; and that you are okay with your brain being nothing more than mush.
In America, we gripe about the state of our education system. We tend to forget, however, that we live in a knowledge-based world. Our future success depends on our ability to gain, understand and apply knowledge. Reading, in my opinion, is paramount to building the skills necessary for this world. If we are not reading, we are are not learning new information...we are not challenging our current ways of thinking...we are not growing as individuals and as a culture.
Here's a challenge for you – pick up a book and read it. Even better, read a book each month. Better yet, become part of (and increase) the 15-25% of the population that regularly purchases books. Who knows – you just might learn something!