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I Hadn’t Read A Book Since High School. Here’s Why You Should Read Daily

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My hyper/crazy mind told me to stop reading after high school.

I was convinced that there had to be a more productive way to learn other than reading. I traded reading for five-minute videos on YouTube. It sounded like a good idea at the time, but it wasn’t.

Then one day, my mom got an iPad. I always thought tablets were stupid. Again, I was wrong. I downloaded a book onto the Kindle App and I became hooked. I then rang my friend.

At the time, I thought I wanted to be the next Wolf Of Wall Street. Oh god some of my false career dreams are hilarious upon reflection!

Anyway, I asked my friend how to become a “Trader.” He told me to read, so I did. He gave me a list of books to read and many of them had the words “Wall Street” in them. I read each book and suddenly I was hooked on reading for the first time in my life.

I hadn’t read a book since high school and I was finally seeing what I was missing out on. Don’t let school make you believe that learning and reading are boring.

So here’s why you should read daily.

Reason One: You’ll learn more

Short bites of content on the Internet won’t help you learn complex tasks. Short content has made us impatient and given us all a university degree in how to live with ADD. With books, you get to go deep on a topic. The words on the page affect you in a different way.

A good book consumes you and takes over your life until you finish it. Books are very convincing because they require a time commitment.

“When something is easily accessible and requires no burden or significant entry cost, we take it for granted”

Books force you to make a decision. You’re required to sit down and read for several hours – and sometimes days – before you can complete the book.

Through this journey, you can truly master a topic. I also find that my comprehension rate of a book is far greater than any other medium. That’s why reading is a must for everyone who wants to grow as a person and learn.

Reason Two: Quotes to live your life by

The addictive part of reading (especially on a Kindle) is that you can highlight quotes. If there’s a line you love, you can highlight it and then find it again easily later.

After a while, you start to build up a library of quotes that you can live your life by. Whenever you need a quick reminder of something you learned from a book, you can find a quote and re-read it.

We underestimate the power of simple tools like quotes.

“Quotes can interrupt a pattern our mind might be running and give us truth right when we need it”

Reason Three: You’ll get better at writing

Being a blogger, I’m always looking to write better. Through daily reading, I’m learning new ways to write. Books have shown me different styles of writing, how to talk in different voices and me different sentence structures.

I recently compared my writing from a few years back and I’ve noticed it’s evolved tenfold. I now know how to spell so many more words and I’ve become better at expressing myself.

Reason Four: You’ll enhance your ability to evoke emotions in others

Stories of struggle have helped me discover my emotional side. Through reading, we can consume highly emotional stories.

These stories make us feel something and can move us to take action. Once we have read many books that explore lots of different emotions, we can use the same tactics to evoke emotions in others.

Being able to make people feel something is a very powerful skill to have. We can use this skill to argue a point, sell our business and attract a romantic partner. Emotions are the driving force of life. Once you know how to use them, you can achieve new heights.

Reason Five: You’ll be taken away from your current reality

Since I rediscovered reading, I decided to see what all the hype was about and started reading Harry Potter. I never knew what the fuss was about until I got into it. At the time, I was recovering from a broken heart and the book took me into another world.

The book took me away from my problems and gave me time to heal. I got to see the struggles that Harry faced and how he dealt with them. Strangely enough, the struggles of this wizard were similar to my own. He faced evil enemies and so did I.

When Harry met Dumbledore in the first book, he saw the power of having a mentor. Seeing mentorship through the eyes of Harry Potter reinvigorated my thirst for coaching and mentorship. Not only did I want to be a mentor, but I also became open to being mentored again.

All of this came from a fantasy book about a wizard with no parents. Reading has magical powers.

Reason Six: You’ll Learn New Words

Reading takes you away from the usual words you would use and introduces you to new words. On the Kindle App, I love coming across new words and then highlighting them to find out what they mean. That’s how I discovered the word discombobulated again.

I had heard the word once in grade four when my teacher Mr. Dover (often nicknamed Ben Dover) used it. Mr. Dover used the word after we made a cardboard tractor for an upcoming play and described his current state as discombobulated.

If it weren’t for reading books, I wouldn’t have rediscovered old words and learned new words.

Reason Seven: You’ll speak better

The words you use in a conversation come from your memory bank also known as your vocabulary. By reading, I’ve found that you subconsciously start speaking better. All of a sudden your brain has better references on how to express your thoughts and feelings.

Communication is key in life and reading will help you be better at it.

“If you sound like a waffling imbecile, then it’s partly because you may not have discovered the habit of reading”

Reason Eight: Go back in time

I’m currently reading a book about the psychology of tennis. It was written before the modern concepts of psychology were known. The great thing about reading books is that you get to travel back in time.

This author of this book discovered the science of peak performance through experience. He did this before all the new science on peak performance became widespread. Through reading, I got to understand peak performance in its very early stages, before all the hype.

History can tell us a lot about ourselves and books are full of wisdom from the past.

Time to take action: Here’s how to begin

Ok cool, so you’ve seen all the reasons you should read. Now it’s time to take action. The task of reading can be daunting though. I’ve found it’s best to read for fifteen minutes a day, to begin with.

You could also try reading a book that has lots of short chapters. Then, all you need to do is commit to reading one chapter a day. There’s no way you can fail with such a small goal.

The nice thing is that once you start reading for fifteen minutes a day, you will become addicted and naturally want to read more. From here, you’ll get lost in the world of reading and gain all the benefits mentioned above. Best of luck and happy reading!

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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