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Never Stop Reading

by Cory Phillips

24% of Americans haven't read a book or listened to an audio book in the past year. Let that sink in for a minute, and imagine the percentage who hasn't read a book in 5-10 years, it's probably higher than you think.



Most people who know me, know I like to read a lot! And it didn't used to be that way. I HATED to do the summer readings in high school and would just cliff note it the week before school started. I finally caught the reading bug during late high school, took a hiatus in college and picked up again once I graduated. 



People's biggest reasons I hear for not reading is "I just can't stay focused or I'm not interested in the books I try reading." Fair enough. But I find the problem is people don't read books about things that really interest them. If I had to read a book about the history of baseball I would never finish it. Why? Because I don't care for baseball; it's that simple. If you pick up books about subjects you love or something that sparks your interest, I guarantee you will not be able to put the book down. I found in high school that I loved sci-fi/fantasy books like Lord of the Rings and Dune because of the imagination it required to write and develop those stories. Once I got through college I went right back to science fiction and found the exact sub-genre that sparked my interest the most and have never stopped looking for new ones!



Beyond that, I found that reading about more practical things as well was a huge benefit to my life. In my opinion the big 4 topics that help me maintain a positive balanced life are books on:



1. Personal growth - whether that be exercise/ nutrition/ or mental health.


2. Financial stability - because you need to know how to manage your money to properly prepare for next month's rent, accumulate rainy day funds, or plan for retirement. You can't leave your financial life to guestimating every next step.


3. Mind/spirituality - everyone wants a way to deal with or explain why things happen in our lives that are out of our control. Investing time into reading into a belief system that a matches with your values can greatly benefit your wellbeing.


4. Curiosity - If there are ever times when something has sparked your interest that you may not know much about, you can potentially find great pleasure in reading a book about that particular subject. This is one of my favorite things to do and has led to taking up new hobbies I enjoy now such as bee keeping and making wine.


Whether you weren't a reader before, or you are but tend to only read romantic novels or mystery crime novels, next time you are at your local book store or browsing Amazon think about one of those 4 topics, pick one, and find a book that sparks your interest. You might be surprised to find you too are a reader!

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