Leaders are Readers

This page is dedicated to the importance of knowledge and reading. If you want to read a book, you must be able to read this. See a list with my recommendation of “must-read” books at the end of this page. Happy & interesting reading! 🙂

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders read.” – Harry S. Truman. (33rd president of the USA)

I read an article which stated that an international coaching company has a rule that enforces all employees to read every day. Those who don’t respect this rule get fired. It’s probably not a coincidence that, in the same article, it was stated that this company is one of top international coaching companies.

I don’t know how aware you are of the fact that we are exposed daily to gigantic quantities of informational trash. I consider e-trash to be any information that doesn’t help me with anything, it doesn’t bring you closer to my dream(s). Furthermore, it demotivates me, it wastes my time and takes the place of other important information that could help me develop, reach my ambitious goals, feel calmer, relaxed, happy. Free!

Ordinary people have a constant need for entertainment in order to feel that they are ‘alive’, while ambitious youth and leaders have a constant desire for education – they need books and other sources of valuable and useful material.

Every day you have to decide between the two “E”s:  Entertainment or Education.

I want to strengthen the belief in you that reading is one of the most beneficial activities in your schedule – regardless of the domain you’re interested in. I want to do this because I presume you are already a reader if you’ve got so far. However, if my book is one of the first ones that you’re reading I want you to know that I’m profoundly honored.

10 specific reasons that will convince you on the benefits of read:

  1. You become much more interesting. Books, in general, and their contents are a very good topic for conversation.
  2. You develop your imagination and you become more creative. Do you like ingenious ideas? Read a lot and you will start getting more of them!
  3. If you have a problem, I’m certain that someone had the same problem before you and if he/she found a way to resolve it, it was most like written in a book. Literature is full with knowledge and useful information. With the condition to read the right books.
  4. You improve your vocabulary and, implicitly, your oratory skills.
  5. Your writing ability improves considerably (you learn how to do this in a passive way).
  6. It improves your focus and concentration abilities (and capacities).
  7. You train your brain – also known as ‘brain fitness’. Cerebral exercises improve your memory and help create new neuronal connections.
  8. It reduces stress and gets you in a good mood. According to studies, even 10 minutes of reading per day can reduce stress levels by 68% – with the condition to read something that you enjoy and that is on your interest list.
  9. It improves the reader’s empathy abilities.
  10. You live one extra life. Books transmit a concentrated, essential message that a person wants to transmit. You see the world through other eyes and, in some tens or hundreds of pages, you get the advantage of experimenting a new life.

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A list of must-read books – the essentials:

  • Think and grow rich – Napoleon Hill. A classic that started the entire success philosophy. I read it at least 10 times! 🙂

Think And Grow Rich: The Secret To Wealth Updated For The 21St Century by Napoleon Hill (2010-12-05)

  • How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie. About interpersonal relationships and success with the people around you. It will help you get the entourage that you desire and be appreciated.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

And How To Stop Worrying And Start Living (Personal Development)

  • Emotional intelligence – Daniel Goleman. All the basic concepts and the research related to this subject.

Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ

  • Rich dad, poor dad – Robert Kyiosaki. Basic & crucial financial education updated for the XXI century.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

  • Maximum achievement – Brian Tracy. Learn a lot about goal setting.

Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed

  • The monk that sold his Ferrari – Robin Sharma. From one of the most appreciated writers on leadership worldwide

The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari

  • Today Matters – John Maxwell. Twelve elements that you need to do today in order to assure your success tomorrow.

Today Matters (Maxwell, John C.)

  • Money – Master the game. 7 simple steps to financial freedom – Tony Robbins. I consider this to be the equivalent of the financial ‘Bible’ that everyone should read if they want to succeed financially. It’s long but it’s definitely worth every single page.

Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

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Then go ahead and check other books from these authors. When you find a good author try reading more of his/her books – they usually have the same standards.

Citius, Altius, Fortius. (~Faster, Higher, Stronger)

Leonard Burcă

P.S. Knowledge is potential power. The application of knowledge is true power! 🙂 True story! 😀

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