The book “Read and grow rich” amused me and the title of the book just attracted me so, I picked up the book and read it. I am not fully convinced with one part of the book which says reading is more powerful than watching, but other than that the whole book has been a lovely affair to read.
Read and grow rich – BOOK REVIEW
By Burke Hedges
The book mainly emphasizes on reading that I always believe in. I am a reader who just not believe in reading, but sharing and implementing the things which I read as many times while reading.
We came across some things which are put so beautifully in words that, they just dig strong in your head and heart. Also, many times there comes a situation where you say that this is what I feel and it is so purely mentioned in the book.
While reading this book, it happened to me many times. So, let us just start with what the author says in the book.
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The book “read and grow rich” has a subtitle which says that the hidden power of reading can make you richer in all areas of your life.
In this book, a few examples are quoted where the people have been transformed because of reading and one such example is Matthew McConaughey- the actor and producer who grabbed many Oscars who got to know himself, his true passion, his capabilities because of reading.
A person just does not grow rich financially, but also personally in all aspects of life. There are many other such examples where people have been talking and showing transformations in themselves because of reading.
Reading just not helps you know yourself but it also expands your horizon as you accumulate knowledge and use it for you all the time.
Not reading & poverty
In the book, it is told that not reading and poverty have got a direct connection because according to the statistics one-third of the population do not read after their college and when we do not read, we do not learn and in turn, we do not grow.
The major impact, change in our life, happens because of two reasons, one being the people we meet and the other being what we read. If we are not changing then the growth is also not happening. It is not about having or buying books, it is about reading and then implementing and discussing them with others.
The people who can read but still choose not to read are like those people who have got treasure in front of them, but they do not take them or use them. When they see others growing they just keep saying one day we will also grow. It is not the assumptions that will help you grow rather it is what knowledge you gain and how you implement it into your life.
If Albert Einstein, Charles Babbage would just sit and did not read and implemented the knowledge, then no new inventions would have happened. We would just be leaving at in old early age without new things around us. The new things were developed because they read, learned, and grew.
No time to read
This is one problem which most of us have an excuse for us when somebody says to us to start a good new thing. Probably because it requires some effort or it may be because it is very much last in our priority list. Whatever may be the case the answer to this question can only be found out by us.
Just imagine if you get to know that the government has started a scheme where the person who reads will get 5 lakhs of rupees if you read a book. How many of us would change our schedules and make time out for the completion of as many books as we can. Everyone one of us, right!
So, it is not the time which we need to make because time is 24 hours with everyone in a day. It is making a priority of activities that are important.
Remember, we will never be free and we can never make time, but we can surely make our priorities according to the time. So, if we understand now that reading is one of the things which can help us grow. We will surely make our priorities accordingly and plan time accordingly.
The same book can have different change on different people based on the way the book was read and the perspective with which book was read. Even when we read the book again we will learn something new so reading is just not reading the book once, but also reading it again and again for deeper understanding.
This can be proven by the fact that Alice in wonderland is the third most-read English book in the world which is read by small kids, youngsters, and many others for different reasons.
Reading is one such technology as per the author which is invented so that we human beings can unlock our hidden potential. And Reading and writing liberates us, activates our thought process, It is like an explosion of thoughts and chemicals happening in us which changes us.
Reading and watching
As per the author, reading is much more powerful than watching a video or tv because reading involves lots of activities at the same time by our brain, eyes, hands, and more wherein we are also deceiving the message and taking pictures of it in our brain so that we can refer to them later on.
While reading we just do not read we criticize, compare, analyze, think, and evaluate the facts and content. But, when we watch a video we are restricted from watching and because the pictures and content are already pictured our mind does not work so much.
And But, I vary on this point with the author as in this new digital world we can learn a lot from videos also that is why YouTube is one of the favourite sources of gaining knowledge for people as of now. But, I do agree that reading can be more knowledgeable if we are deeply reading than watching videos sometimes.
You are different
When you read and learn you become different and there are many portions of reading that changes you. This has happened to me at some times when I have read few books like The secret, IKIGAI, Rich dad poor dad, How to influence people and win friends. This actually happens to me as the author says a lot of times. Every time I read a book I say this is something new I learned.
If you make notes and discuss the same with people then it becomes more prominent and in memory for long as when you discuss it becomes part of your daily discussion. It is something you will remember for long.
The things which I am sure as a reader by reading this book are:
1.) Books can actually transform
2.) Books can help you grow rich as a person.
3.) Books help you to learn more.
4.) Books make your communication better, makes your vocabulary grow.
5.) Books make you more open-minded and develop your thought process.
6.) Books can actually change you.
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