Why You Hate Reading
I bet you opened this post because you hate reading, and you feel guilty about it.
It seems that the majority of people on earth hate reading, while there’s a stereotypical group of “intelligent nerd-geeks” who fill the libraries. The type of people who have a book always tucked in their armpit, or a bag filled with books that weigh down like bricks.
This post isn’t for the book-lovers out there. It’s for those of us who hate reading.
There’s likely a dozen reasons you hate reading, but I want to hit on three major reasons:
1. It takes too long
2. It’s so boring
3. It's not worth it
Did that just describe why you hate reading? If so, I want you to know that I was in your shoes a few years ago.
I hated reading. I didn’t like wasting away hours of my day with my face in a pile of papers. I didn’t enjoy the content I read. And found technology far more fascinating than books.
BUT…I’ve always known that leaders are readers, and that reading is a core discipline of the most successful people in the world.
What if we’ve been going about reading all wrong? What if there’s a way to actually…hem hem…enjoy reading?
WAIT! Don’t click out yet. Here’s a few techniques to help reading become a little more bearable:
1. Set a daily limit
Every day, set a certain amount of time aside to read. You’ll more likely finish a book if you break it into little chunks. I read 30 minutes a day and finish two books a month. A tool I use to help keep track of my daily reading streak is called Coach.Me.
2. Find the right space
What type of environment do you need to relax and read? Some people have a special chair at home, others hit up Starbucks or Panera. Personally, the best environment for me is the cafè at work. Designate a space that’s unique to you, and make it yours!
3. Involve something you love!
Coffee. Most of us love coffee. Every time you read, treat ‘yo self to something you love, like coffee, tea, chocolate, a snack, or light a candle. You’ll find me reading every day with a coffee in one hand and a book in the other.
4. LISTEN TO AUDIO BOOKS
If you hate reading, maybe you should give listening a try! Amazon's Audible is a great way to listen to books while commuting, sitting at home, or on the go! Don't let physical books stop you from gaining more knowledge...listen to audio books!
5. Rotate book Genres
Fiction, nonfiction, novels, fantasy, business books, arts. Whatever your fancy, it’s best to rotate genres to get a good span of knowledge. My rotation involves: fantasy fiction, leadership/self-improvement, God/Christianity, and biographies. Rotation keeps things fresh!
6. How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time. Take a small chunk out of your book each day. Don’t chug it down, or else you’ll vomit it up and hate the experience. The purpose of taking things slow and starting small is to create habits.
7. Think: what will I not gain?
If you decide reading isn’t for you, what are you missing out on? What truths, opinions, experiences, and wisdom are you deciding to ignore? From my personal experience, I’ve grown exponentially by reading books. It’s changed who I am, both inside and out. In my eyes, I’ve gained a lot of value from reading. It’s changed my life.
I like reading, but I don’t love it. There are moments when I still hate it.
But I do it because I know it’s important. I know that my family depends on me being a better man, my wife depends on me being a better husband, my work depends on me being excellent, and I depend on me to pursue growth until I’m dead in the grave. The best way I can do that is by learning from the thousands of people who have come before me.
Creating a regular reading habit isn’t easy, and you won’t always like it. But the results you’ll experience will change your life forever, like they have mine.