My mother has more than 2.000 books.
On the contrary..
My father was never a big reader.
But this woman, she loves reading books.
She reads more than 20 every year now that she is older. When she was younger she was seriously eating books. No matter how much knowledge she has accumulated, though, she always ends up forgetting everything when she asks me something about her new smartphone. It’s like all of her abilities to learn new stuff are lost and long forgotten.
In all seriousness, though, ever since I was a boy I watched as my mother read, and read some more books. Every day. When she wasn’t at work, or doing something at housework she would read. When she wasn’t helping us with our homework. Before bed at night. On our vacations. Everywhere and anywhere.
My hometown house is basically a huge library.
She always advised me and my brother, to read books. Ever since we were kids.
We never did, no matter how hard she tried.
But the example of her was always there. In both mine and my brother’s mind. Encrypted.
And that was very important.
So until we reached adulthood we didn’t really read too much. Neither did we study. We were smart but rebellious.
As we grew older we understood the meaning of Books.
The Meaning of Knowledge.
The Molding of Our Character.
Carl Sagan said it best:
“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
Reading is amazing.
Learning feels great.
Our brains, like a muscle, gets stronger, healthier and better when learning, while understanding is joyous.
So after owning my first 75 books this year, (my first year of reading seriously) while my brother has more than 300 I now invite you to understand why reading books and obtaining them while building your own personal library is very important
Back when I was a boy both in mind and body, I always asked my mother why I should read books, what is so amazing about them and how can she read so much.
She always told me:
It is good for you. Just do it.
Now I have my own answer. It’s the same as my mother’s but broken down into pieces.
So why should anyone read books, buy them, and store them into shelves, slowly creating his own personal library?
I give you 7 Reasons:
Knowledge is Power.
I have emphasized this point a lot and if read previous articles of The Flow you will know how essential I find knowledge. Whatever I do in my life, either that is training, nutrition, health, building a business, learning about social behavior, character development, politics, economy, whatever, I always focus on getting as much valuable knowledge and practical application I can.
When you have the knowledge you hold the keys to a better understanding in the matter at hand. In order for you to learn something, apply something, get better at something, you need to have the proper knowledge. Books, apart from finding teachers and mentors, are the best means to offer you that.
That’s powerful and beautiful at the same time.
2. Character Empowerment
When you read a book your character is getting stronger and more well-rounded. You learn different things, new ideas, innovative ways of thinking that you can take in and apply in your own life.
For example, I just finished reading Mastery by Robert Greene. It is a fantastic book teaching people how to achieve mastery is their respective fields of work and life. For myself, it was very informative and helpful in order to understand what it really takes to become a master at your craft. That molded my character even further and empowered me.
3. Different Points of View
A book can offer people different perspectives, the different point of views of life. You can learn and understand how another person saw a certain subject and see life from his eyes for a moment. This is a life changing experience that I guarantee you, will broaden your horizons, open your mind and evolve you as a human being. And that trait applies to any kind of books. From literature to poetry all the way to scientific books and biographies.
4. Brain and Thinking Improvement
If you search the site for older articles you can see, the subject and way I have written in different periods of my life.
Studying and reading improves your brain’s function and speed as well as your thinking patterns. This is an experience I have had over time, starting from the end of 2013 when I was studying really hard for my finals in order to get to the next level of education, all the way to today where I read books based on my character and goals.
What I have noticed from reading books and studying regularly as I’m a university student is that my brain feeds off information and becomes quicker, sharper and calmer. My thought process is clear and my reasoning skills have improved much more in the last 18 months. This can be noticed in contrast to my older writings and sayings where my thoughts and ideas were all over the place and I had no way to express them gracefully.
When reading, because you want to and not because somebody else told you to ( school, teacher, parent), you relax, your nervous system calms down and in a way you meditate while reading and learning new things.
Have you ever read a book that really motivated you to do or create something magnificent? Does a person inspire you to be great? Does he have a biography book that you can read and learn all about his life, his work, his struggles and vision of life?
Without getting into details he is an icon of mine and as I have said in previous articles this Austrian boy went from his small city of Gratz on to become the greatest bodybuilder of all time, Highest Paid action-hero film star, and Governor of California.
His life, drive, motivation and hard work inspire me to become somebody great and leave a Legacy behind.
With that being said books like this, without necessarily being biographies can inspire you and motivate you to become better and ascent to a new level. They can help you create a vision and spark the fire in your belly.
6. Always There
When purchasing a book you create an investment that will always be there unless somebody destroys them( i.e fire, angry girlfriend/boyfriend etc).
You can always be supplied with information, stories, memories, knowledge and the sheer joy of reading. Whenever you are feeling down a book can lift you up and empower you. A book can teach you and become a companion of yours. Wisdom is forever yours.
Last and certainly not least books as everything we leave on this earth are our Legacy.
The books you read, the ideas, the knowledge, and thoughts you have accumulated shape who you are and what you do. Your work is affected by it.
Your world is influenced by them and furthermore your family.
Great People read books. The examples are endless.
Books can be the greatest gift you give to somebody. Never forget that your family, your kids, your strongest legacy, can read your books and can be touched in a unique and magnificent way.
Leaders Create Leaders. Great People Create Great People.
What better way to create a good person than by offering him a great book that molded your character and shaped who you are?
Who better, than a worthy child, sibling, family member.
Closing this article is, as always, an invitation to you to become better people.
For yourself and for the world.
Books are a magnificent way to do that.
Knowledge, character empowerment, different perspectives, brain and thought improvement, motivation, the fact that books are always there and with them you create a legacy all add up to making you a stronger, better, fuller person.
Now the question that arises is, how do you build your own personal library?
That is a question for another article.