The Power of Books

by Michael Haberman on June 4, 2013 · 0 comments

 

 

Books can unleash ideas, dreams and passions.

Books can unleash ideas, dreams and passions.

Books have always held great power for me. As a young boy they would transform me into an adventurer, a soldier, a spaceman, time traveler and many other roles that were not possible from my chair or bed. As I grew older the genre’s changed and the world of fantasy became a favorite subject with goblins, wizards, dwarfs, elves and heroes became my pleasure fare. As I became more studious the worlds of history, archeology, psychology, biology became my daily consumption as I worked my way to my college degree. Those books and many more held sway on my thinking that drove me to my degree and beyond.

Books drive ideas and dreams

I get many things from books. I am a good trivia partner. They help with my crossword ability, though I am light on the literature questions. I can carry on a conversation about many subjects, which is actually a good skill to have in the business world. Today I get business success from books. Brian Tracy says “Read an hour every day in your chosen field. This works out to about one book per week, 50 books per year, and will guarantee your success.”

I also get friends from books or at least from a mutual love of books. To this end two of my friends, Todd Schnick and Bill Ramsey, have agreed to meet with me monthly to discuss some mutual reading. We have agreed that we will record our discussions and from them create podcast book reviews that we will offer on our websites. We hope that you will benefit from these and be prompted to read as well.

The point of this post is that reading can be transformational for you. Such is the case of Lisa Bu, who came to the United States in need of a new dream. She found it in books. She offers some wonder suggestions for reading, particularly in her discussion of comparative reading. This video is only 6 minutes long and is well worth the small effort to watch it. I hope you will be inspired to read.

Before the video here is a quote to think about: “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” ― Mark Twain

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