We have so much opportunity and wealth available to us, that I think sometimes we take it for granted.
There is a huge goldmine of wealth trapped in between the covers … of books. That’s where some of the thinking that inspires billionaires comes from.
Think about it, in books, you have the opportunity to read some type of perspective or story written by another person. Multiplied by the number of books available, and you have a wealth of information to experience.
But this is the era of technology, so you not only have books, now you have blogs (just different “covers” to read between), video, and other educational material to draw from.
The depth of perspective, knowledge, science, stories and more that you have is immense. This provides you wealth in ways not imagined before.
Money is only one part of wealth.
Other parts include your perception, emotional acuity, raw intelligence, and awareness. Add the strength of your relationships and your health … and you have the more important “stuff” – than money alone.
If you leave your curiosity unsatisfied, or your relationships and health suffer … then money doesn’t mean much. Also, a life like that is more expensive to maintain.
The good thing is reading books improve these more non-tangible parts of your life dramatically.
Reading books increases your intelligence, your ability to solve problems, and your awareness of the world. Reading a variety of books from different categories (both fiction and non-fiction) can stimulate and expand your understanding of complex topics that most people will never strive to understand. Not to mention, your imagination and creativity will benefit.
When you increase your mental health through reading, your overall health improves. But more than that, studies have shown that reading books decreases your stress levels up to 67%. Decreased stress has a number of desirable ripple effects like better heart health, reduced blood pressure, and improved digestion.
Not to mention, reading can improve your overall mindset, which has benefits to your health as well.
Studies have shown that reading fictional stories can increase empathy towards other people. Plus, you can dive into reading non-fiction that covers areas like how to improve your relationships overall (psychology, sociology, culture etc…).
Obviously, I’ve only given a broad overview of each of these 3 ways that reading improves your overall wealth. But from this broad overview you can clearly see the benefits when compared with someone who doesn’t read.
The sad reality is most people haven’t read a book since high school. Most of those who do read a book of some type put it down before they finish 20 pages.
You aren’t most people, so let’s cover some “how to put this to work” in your life options…
Obviously, reading just anything won’t provide you the wealth that other people (including billionaires like Bill Gates) have gotten from “between the covers.”
So, here are 5 tips that show how you can get started – on the path of maximizing your “reading wealth” journey:
In order to expand your awareness of the world, you must analyze different viewpoints, industries, writing styles and more. Read more than just books that are “at your level,” instead you should read a bit past your level, at least some of the time.
Most people, who read to learn, fail to break that non-fiction reading up by reading a work of fiction. It’s important to expand your imagination to include stories being told by other people.
Finding a creative outlet for the mind-expanding world of reading is as important as the reading itself. When you begin to fill your mind with new ideas, having an outlet for those ideas is important to your new-found wealth. Starting a blog is one approach that can help in that area (use Blogger, Medium, or WordPress.com to get started for free).
Don’t do this alone. Fiction or non-fiction, joining a reading group (or starting one of your own) can help you both express ideas about what you’re reading … and generate new ones from the perspective of other people in your group. Also, you could develop relationships that can improve your life as a result of being part of a reading group.
As an extension of tip #1, finding topics you might not be comfortable with and reading about those can help broaden your perspective of the world in amazing ways.
You can clearly see that “between the covers” lays a massive opportunity to develop the kind of wealth that doesn’t get “spent” like monetary wealth. This new wealth can last a lifetime, and can exponentially help with your personal development.
That, in the end, can help you earn more money than you ever thought possible. This is the century of ideas, and now you have the basic tools to exploit it for all it’s worth.
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