How successful people consistently improve their personality? How they become more successful year by year? Because they have one common trait which they believe is the biggest factor that leads them to achieve what they want. They read a lot.

One of the richest and smart people Warren Buffett was once asked about how he gets smarter and richer. Buffett held up stacks of paper and said, “Read 500 pages like this every week. That’s how knowledge builds up, like compound interest.”

Warren Buffett is not the only one successful person who believes that reading is one of the biggest factors to improve the personality. But there are many who spend their time reading more and more to improve their personality and enhance knowledge.

Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder reads about 50 books per year, which breaks down to one per week. Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban reads more than three hours every day. SpaceX founder and Mars obsessive Elon Musk is an avid reader. When asked how he learned to build rockets, he replied, “I read books.”

 

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Muslims can understand the importance of reading through an incident occurred in the life of the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him), the most influential person in history. He was asked to read when he was bestowed with prophecy. It is also the first verse of the Quran as follows:

Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists). He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen? He has taught man that which he knew not” [Quran, 96:1-5]

If reading is so important and fruitful then it is actually pertinent to know how it gives so many benefits.

Mental stimulation
As our body needs some kind of exercise to keep it strong, the brain also needs reading to stimulate it. Studies have revealed that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

 

Knowledge enhancement 
Whatever you read it makes heaps of information in your brain. We never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to cope with any situation you face. Remember that although you might lose everything your job, your possessions, your money, even your health but you cannot lose knowledge ever.

 

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Analytical thinking skills
Have you ever find mystery yourself before finishing a novel? If yes then you were able to put critical and analytical thinking while reading the novel.  The same applies to real life. The more you read the more your analytical skill enhances.

 

Although, reading is crucial for successful life many face trouble to find out time for and interest in reading. Let’s discuss tips and tricks for adopting a habit of reading

Sacrifice favourite shows
We spend more time watching videos and favourite shows. But, if you really want to acquire the reading habit and want to improve your personality, you have to sacrifice your favourite shows. The favourite shows kill your time without giving you anything. On the other hand, books give you the knowledge and much more which are already discussed above.

 

Read at Least 10-20 Pages a Day
We confuse over how much to read. Frankly, there are a plethora of books to read on this planet. It is up to you how much you can read to fill your brain with knowledge. Of course, we cannot read all of the available books, but to acquire knowledge we should set certain pages to read every day. For instance, 10-20 pages every day.

Fix a reading Time
Many cry foul that they do not have time to read which is actually wrong. Everybody can manage at least 30 minutes for reading. It is just a matter of how well you manage your time. Set a specific time when you keep everything aside- your computer, cell phone, television for reading without distraction. At least 30 minutes every day initially.

Subsequently, you can increase the reading duration month by month. I read one hour before sleeping which helps me to finish one book a week.

 

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Always carry a book
You might have seen some people who carry books either print or digital form wherever they go. They read whenever they get time- while waiting for someone, standing in a long queue and stuck in traffic.  If you want to acquire the habit of reading more and more you have to carry a book. It can be in print or digital form.

All of us can build our knowledge, but most of us will not put in the effort. So, put in efforts to acquire knowledge in order to enhance your personality.

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” W. Somerset Maugham.