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Leaders are readers. Are YOU?
Tadiknonda
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Arun is a successful young manager with a large company in Gurgaon. He started his career as a salesman, and has rapidly grown in the organisation. He is married, and lists down 'watching TV and reading books' amongst his hobbies. "Unfortunately, " says Arun, "my hectic work schedule leaves me with practically no time at all for reading!"



Krutika, a young graduate who works with a BPO in Mumbai [ Images ], is preparing for her forthcoming MBA entrance exams. She is working hard at improving her English skills.



Everyday, you will find her in the train on her way to work, reading her flashcards, trying to improve her vocabulary in the next 30 days -- even as her iPod blasts the latest hits into her ears. She knows the lyrics of these songs by heart --it's just those words on the flashcards that are the problem. "I have never even heard of these words!" she sighs.



Are we literate illitrates?

Arun and Krutika may be living in two different cities, but they share one thing in common. They are NOT readers! Somewhere along the way, they have lost the reading habit. It has rightly been said that there is very little difference between an illiterate person -- who cannot read -- and a literate person who does not read. Time to ask yourself the question: are you one of those literate illiterates, too?



Every book makes you grow taller

If you want to take a simple step towards expanding your mind and improving your life, start reading. A book can change your life. It allows you to peep into some of the finest minds in the world.



Reading a book is like having a conversation with the author, listening to his stories and learning from his experiences. You can get ideas, inspiration and insights -- all from a book! Every book you read becomes a layer of knowledge you can stand on.



And every book makes you grow taller, just a little bit. So, remember, in the supermarket of life, the best things are always stacked on the upper shelves. If you are not a reader, you may never be able to reach them.



Half an hour a day, 26 books a year!

If you look around, you will find that most successful people are readers. Visit their offices, and you will find books strewn around. Visit their homes, and you will find a well-stocked book shelf. So take a leaf out of their books. Start reading.



If you read for just half an hour every day, you could finish a 250-page book in just two weeks' time. That's 26 books in a year. A hundred books in the next four years. That's more than most Indians read in a lifetime. Just think. What difference would that make to the quality of your mind, your career, your life? Just 30 minutes a day can do the trick, so stop making excuses about not having the time to read.



And learn to read with a pencil. Make notes. Scribble on the margins. Underline important stuff. That way, you'll get the full benefit of what you are reading. Twenty years ago, I had a colleague, a fellow sales manager in India's [ Images ] most respected FMCG company. He was a voracious reader -- still is -- and every book he read was filled with scribbles. That's not just an interesting little trait of an interesting guy. It's a habit of a man who is today the CEO of the largest MNC in India.



Books are the best investment you can make. And worth every rupee you spend. So, do yourself a favour. READ. Sacrifice that serial on TV or that gossip session with a friend if need be. American comedian and film star Groucho Marx was right. He once remarked that he found television very educating. He said, "Every time someone switches on the TV, I walk into another room and start reading a good book!"

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  Rated +2 | Posted 20-01-2010

Hi Tadiknonda,

Thanks for sharing an excellent piece of information. There are lots of benefits in reading. Reading is an active mental process, unlike sitting in front of the idiot box (TV), reading makes you use your brain. While reading you would be forced to reason out many things which are unfamiliar to you. In this process you would use the grey cells of your brain to think and become smarter. Gives you a glimpse into other cultures and places of the world. How would you know about the life of people in Africa if you don’t read about it? Reading gives you an insight into their customs, their lifestyles etc. You become more aware about the different places and the code of conduct in those places. Builds self-esteem, the more you read, the more knowledgeable you become. With more knowledge comes more confidence. More confidence builds self-esteem. So it’s a chain reaction. Since you are so well read, people look to you for answers. Your feelings about yourself can only get better.

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Nataraj

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  Rated +2 | Posted 21-01-2010

Hi Tadiknonda,


Excellent posting!!!

to add to this,

I myself am a voracious reader. Thanks to my MBA classmate from whom I picked up this , she used to always say that any piece of paper you see around try to read it.

This slowly became an inculcated habit, so that everyday I end up reading something or the other.

That's how my Writing and speaking skills have improved a lot.


So, Happy reading to all of you !!!!!


Warm Regards
Pari

Sahithi
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  Rated +1 | Posted 21-01-2010

Hi Tadikonda,

Thanks for the valuable information. I myself started reading some pages in everyday...

Regards,
Sahithi

Pradeep
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  Rated +2 | Posted 21-01-2010

Learning is a continuous process and there is no end to that. Likewise, reading also is continuous and books are very inspiring companions which should not be left as all great leaders right from Mahatma Gandhi are voracious readers. Even in these days of fast paced lives reading should be encouraged especially among chidren to improve their knowledge and to get necessary insight into various topics.
Thank you for sharing such a valuable message Latha.

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  Rated +2 | Posted 21-01-2010

Hi Tadikonda,

I appreciate you put up such a great thought in such a small article like this one up here.

reading is like sowing a seed in your mind/heart. Though it takes sometime to germinate this habit.

Its today's need to know the world, first thing in the morning we start with news paper - right from the first page head lines till the end where you find your favorite sports person with their incredible achievements denoted with a little pic. Read the world around you in the form of 24 pages waiting to welcome your morning tea everyday.

I say not only news paper or different books but also internet is a bliss - ONE GODLY click and you are logged in on a screen full of detailed education on the subject.

Wow, sure its a bliss and i wish every kid on this planet get a chance in his/her life span to get educated and can gain an ability to cultivate this habit.

Well, just want to put up a last THANK YOU note to all of you who tried putting up some lines directly from your heart and motivating such an article up here.

Keep reading,
-Harsh

jyothi
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  Rated 0 | Posted 25-01-2010

cool blog. I liked :)

Tadiknonda
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  Rated 0 | Posted 25-01-2010

Thank you all for leaving you valuable comments.

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