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Saturday, 19 November 2011

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH A HABIT OF READING



The adage that readers are leaders cannot be overemphasized. Many leaders are made through cultivating the habit of reading overtime. Behind virtually every renowned leader is a library of books. Reading helps a lot in your personal development. You get to pick the brains of many people, and you get to understand life around you; it expands your views about life. Reading helps to improve your communication skills. Also, it makes you to see a whole lot of happenings in the world, especially the new world economic order. Reading helps to provide solutions to problems. Reading makes you aware; it confers knowledge. Reading helps to develop the citizens who develop the country. Developed economies are propelled by readers. Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States of America, was reputed to have attended formal schooling for less than 365 days. Thomas Edison, a great inventor, is known to have had only 90 days schooling. Steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie attributed a large degree of his success to books and that was why he donated immensely to the building of public libraries.

Get wisdom, says King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, get understanding. Learn what you need to know to move ahead. The pen is indeed mightier than the sword. Cicero said, “A room without books is a body without a soul.” Mark Twain added, “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” Margaret Fuller quips, “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” There’s abundance of things already done, of things that can be done, and of things that are being done in books. The secret of the wise is hidden in books. Reading is not at end in itself, but a means to an end. You can be free through knowledge! 

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