It makes sense that people who exercise their bodies on a regular basis will be more successful in life because they have fewer health issues, are more confident, and are physically able to do the things they want and need to do. It’s the same when it comes to working your brain. Researchers have found that reading – a cognitive exercise – reduces stress and depression, increases your intelligence, protects your memory, and helps you be more open-minded. Here are some other ways it’s good for you too.
1. Reading fiction changes you.
British creatives Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell recently posted a visual essay in The Guardian in which they defend the value of libraries, librarians and the practice of reading fiction. “Fiction builds empathy,” one reads. “Fiction is something you build out of 26 letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world, and populate it and look through others. eyes. You are someone else, and when you return to your own world, you are going to be slightly changed. “
2. Reading helps you be successful in business.
If you want to dominate any industry you operate in, it helps to learn as much as you can about it. Reading avidly on topics related to your customers, competitors and everything that surrounds your business is an obvious way to position yourself for success. Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Oprah Winfrey are all voracious readers. And note these words attributed to Mark Cuban: “Everything I read was public. Anyone could buy the same books and magazines. The same information was available to anyone who wanted it. Turns out most people didn’t want it.
3. Reading can make you an expert.
That’s according to Dr. Alan Zimmerman, a full-time professional speaker specializing in attitude, motivation and leadership programs, whose reading tips were published in the CompTIA blog. “Decide on an area where you would like to learn more or improve,” he writes. “Read an hour a day on this subject, and in three months you will be an expert.”