Being an avid reader, I never really understood why someone didn’t like reading. How could you hate it? It’s only when I begun to pick up books I usually wouldn’t want to read but had to, to better my skills I realised why certain people hate reading!
It’s NOT that you hate reading, it’s just:
1) You’ve never found a good enough reason to read.
2) You never picked up the right book!
Now, lets look at point number 1. You’ve never found a reason to read. Why do humans do things? They do it mostly for selfish reasons. Selfish acts. Pheobi from the famous American tv series Friends, already taught us that there really is no such thing as a selfless act. When you really want to do something, that is the only time you will do it! When the time comes and it will, you will pick up a book of your choice and get reading to realise, you’ve been missing out a whole chunk of a world that existed within your reach but you never knew. The reason could be anything! Maybe to learn, to teach, to apply, to get inspired, to grow. You just need a good enough reason!
Second point. You never picked up the right book! That one, is truly a tragedy! I cannot imagine picking up an economic book as my first option of books and continuing to like books for life! I took my time, figured out the things I would like to read and love to know and then I never stopped.
People read books to pull out various information to add meaning to their life. Subconsciously we all are looking for answers to various little questions bubblings in our heads.
So don’t say you hate reading. Just say, you haven’t found the right book yet!
Picture source: The Making of Behavioural Economics: Misbehaving by Richard H. Thaler.
Until the next blog!