“Our standard school system train us to get good grades, not be prolific thinkers and creators.”
When you type ‘I don’t read enough’ in Google Search, you get bombarded by anxiety-ridden Quora and Reddit entries from people like you and me whining. They say: I don’t read enough, should I be worried? Feel that I’ll never be reading enough…
I am an honest friend and will tell you the truth: you aren’t reading enough, but it’s not completely your fault. Most of us live comfortable lives that don’t demand transcendence. Our reliance on technology and our standard school system train us to get good grades, not be prolific thinkers and creators. Our minds don’t generate as much goodness as Michelangelo or Leonardo Da Vinci because we weren’t trained to.
Here is the good news. Learning is your birthright, regardless of your environment, education level, or even your lack of desire to read. You have to tap into what you already know.
You might have heard of compound interest. A typical credit card has an interest rate of 19,99%. You’re charged when you don’t pay on time. Unlike destructive credit, your mind has a positive interest rate, a compounding, exponential one. When you learn, you bring stored, related information back to the surface. Reading Carl Yung, Dambisa Moyo, Samantha Power is co-creating with them. It sends fresh signals back to your brain to fuel creative, divergent ideas. You are already data-rich, so act like it.
I won’t tell you to build up a habit to read more. Instead, change those anxious thoughts and see the big picture. Do you continue to learn? The answer is yes. So, here’s what else you can do:
Reading gives me confidence and increases my creativity. But, I decided not to feel guilty about not reading as much. I will always learn. I will climb day and night to gain a fresh perspective. If you’re curious about my top books to read, check out this list. Let me know if you want to see the structure of my digital knowledge library. I encourage you to build yours and you will see that you are a search engine of your own.