What I’m going to discuss today is one of the key ingredients to becoming successful. Actually, one of the things I hated doing when I was young. And that was reading books. I just didn’t really enjoy reading and actually didn’t necessarily enjoy school either. However, not till halfway through my life when I was about 30 years old, when I really started working on personal self-improvement was when I picked up reading.

I was reaching out to some coaches around the world just recently looking for an acronym for the word reading. A coach out of the UK, his name is David Lee, sent me a really good one that I’m going to share with you today. What he came up with for READING is Regular Education And Discovery Inspires New Growth. That’s how reading is defined. Regular Education And Discovery Inspires New Growth

Think of somebody who’s extremely successful, that you admire, that has written a biography, that’s taken their entire life of experiences, wins, challenges, adversities, and everything they have learned in their entire life, all the books they’ve read, the podcasts they used to listen to, and taken all that wisdom, all the tips of what made them successful that you can apply, put in a book.

And let’s say that book is a four-hour read. In that four-hour read you can absorb all those years of wisdom, experiences, and lessons. That my friends is Leverage. Now, by reading about someone else who has also gone through adversity, has grinded through it and has become successful, now that inspires you for new growth because you believe it’s possible because it has been done by others. That again is tremendous leverage.

Again, remember READING is Regular Education And Discovery Inspires New Growth. Every time you read something new, you get an idea from someone else that can be that one thing you apply for the day or for the week, it gives you a way of thinking differently and inspires new growth of what you can see is possible.

For those of you who reading, good on you. Read more. For those of you who are not reading, pick a book and just read 10 pages or 10 minutes a day. Heck, you could start with my book, Knock It Out of the Park Leadership: The ABCs of Entrepreneurial Success. The average chapter you can read in anywhere between three and eight minutes. That’s a very short period of time to get your one golden nugget per day; 27 chapters, 27 golden nuggets, and one month you’ve read a book. Real easy.

I inspire those who are not reading to read. I didn’t take it up until I was 30. A lot of what has made me successful is what I’ve learned out of those books. Most importantly remember, when you read, that knowledge is not necessarily power. It’s the application of a knowledge that is power. Be sure to take notes. Debrief after every chapter. Better yet, get somebody to read with you. Read a chapter together, debrief what you learn, take notes, and then ask yourself what’s one action I’m going to take today from what I’ve learned? That’s taking reading to the next level. So, remember, READING; Regular Education And Discovery Inspires New Growth. If you’re an individual that wants to grow, incorporate reading into your rituals.

COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice.