I remember watching a TV show some months ago and a guest on the show was answering some questions asked by the host. Few minutes in, the guest started to talk on youth development and trust me, he made succinct but valid points.
One of the points he made caught my attention
Read like termites.
That statement was GOLD
Like many writers, I was an early reader as I started reading from the time I learnt how to read, always reading short stories in my English textbook before going ahead to read comics, fiction novels, then motivational, self-help, DIYs.
Though I started writing much later, (in the 11th grade) I have been reading much earlier; this not only helped me and my writing later in life, but made me have a broader and deeper knowledge of things at a very young age.
So when that guest said youths should read like termites, he was definitely right. Though I have some mild phobia for termites.
Voracious reading is usually suggested in schools but people hardly read widely anymore, they only submit to books related to a particular area of interest or academic books they require to pass a certain course. This is not the best.
You need to go beyond our comfort-zone and read new things everyday.
However, there are some people who would rather die than pick up a book to read, they have no interest whatsoever in the art of reading. They just want to know the summary of an article and move to other things that supposedly matter.
People read as a hobby, people read to get informed, some read to build their imagination, learn more etc.
The misconception people have about reading is that you don’t need to pick up a hard cover book before read, you could read online materials, journals and thankfully, there are now e-books.
Whatever you do and no matter how busy you are make sure you read something, read something that informs, somethings that educates or enlightens and you’ll be glad you did.
No matter what, don’t stop reading. Don’t stop doing what makes you better.
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