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Plant the Seed and Read

Plant the seed of knowledge and wisdom in your brain. Read.

Pick a subject. Any subject, whatever you like. Botany, Psychology, General Literature, Basket Weaving. Go to the store and buy a book, an authoritative book on your chosen subject. Turn off the TV, sit under a lamp, and read 10 pages of that book. Put the book away, turn back on the TV. The next day, do the same thing, read 10 pages. Read 10 pages the next day, and the next day, and the next. Assuming the book you are reading is 300 pages long, it will take you a month to read that book. Not very impressive.

However, before you finish that book, have another one ready to read on the subject you’ve written. When you’re finished with the first book, pick up the second, and read 10 pages. The next day, read 10 pages. Take this book also in 10 page increments till you’re finished.  Don’t forget to have another standing by. At the end of two months, you wouldn’t be an expert, but you could probably keep pace listening to a couple of experts discussing the subject.

At the end of a year, you would have read 12 books on the subject of your choice, assuming the average volume is 300 pages long. Some may be longer, and some may be shorter. At the end of a year, you would be able to hold up your end of a conversation on your subject with just about anyone.

Do this a second year, and a third, and a fourth. At the end of 5 years you will have read just over 60 authoritative volumes on the subject of your choice. By this time you are more than likely able to have deep, intricate discussion on the subject of your choice, and probably have been for a while. You have gained this ability by burning the time it takes to read 10 pages in a day.

10 years. Read 10 pages a day on a subject about which you love to read. In 10 years you will have read 121 authoritative books, 36,500 pages, on the subject of your choice. Here is an amazing thing. This boggled my mind when I first heard the concept. At the end of 10 years, reading just 10 pages per day, each and every day, on the subject of your choice, you will be a high ranking expert on that subject. You will have been exposed to more information on your chosen subject than 95% of the World population. Even if all you want to read are Dime Romance or Sci – Fi stories with only recreational merit, you can become an expert in those genres.

Jeff Olson tells us in his book The Slight Edge that little things, done consistently over time, bring about phenomenal results. The problem Jeff proposes, however, is that these things are generally so easy to do they’re easy not to do.

Take a little bit of time, and work on you yourself the way you want yourself to be. What is it you want to do? Don’t miss a day. Nobody will do it for you the way you want it to be done. You’re already spectacular. Put a spit shine on your shoes so you can watch yourself walking in the steps of the path on which you want to be.

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