It is one thing to get inspired by the reading habit of highly successful people and converting the “learning” into “actions”.
It’s quite another when you are a lazy bum (like me), know it in your bone that you’re never gonna build a rocket by reading books, and yet aspire to emulate their reading-patterns.
Recently, I got quite knee-deep into reading, taking notes and analyzing them.
After 1 month and 7 days later, I came to a few conclusions-
1. Reading is a “lonely” hobby
My love for books has officialized my status as a ‘social hermit’, and the more I read, the more of an anomaly I become.
It’s highly possible that you read half-an-hour a day and still get time for the
- weekend brunch,
- post-office-hour hangout or
- binge-watching Netflix.
But I found out, the kind of intense reading every alternate productivity-hacks article list about, leaves little room for other equally dope stuff.
2. Reading made me misanthropic
How can you internalize “Crime and Punishment” and not see right through the warped social justice prevailing?
Isn’t pondering over “Anna Karenina” makes us question the duplicity of traditional conjugal life?
Will liking Michael Shermer and believing astrology in real life, ever go hand-in-hand?
In case you are open to absorb, get shocked and ponder via books, over time, it bounds to convert you into a cynic.
In an eco-system which puts obedience on a pedestal, reading can be lethal. It makes you doubt your parents, religion, and society at large.
It also teaches- picking your battles carefully doesn’t prevent you from dying a little over the ones, you ‘chose’ to lose.
3. Reading can be compulsive/meditative
Reading is highly addictive.
It turns people into vocabulary-hoarder or a self-improvement junkie, who pig out but implement nothing.
It’s better to take a pause between two books and smell the roses for a few days.
On the same breath, I find reading highly meditative.
I’ve been hankering after meditating 10 minutes a day for years.
But the sparrow-like attention span never helped me much to concentrate, until I found that immersing yourself into reading is also concentrating on one point.
Yes, even if you’re reading demon erotica!
4. You feel guilty about reading for pleasure
“It is one of the chief ways that I learn, and has been since I was a kid. These days, I also get to visit interesting places, meet with scientists and watch a lot of lectures online. But reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.”
Describing their reading habits, very few of ‘super-achievers’ speak about reading for pleasure.
Heck, even among my voracious reader friends, most prefer ‘serious’ stuff over fictions.
But there are few exceptions to the rule. Issac Asimov, Dostoyevsky, Neil Gaiman, Murakami (and Tolkien leading the pack) are some of the authors who are equally adored by non-fiction junkies.
Where Warren Buffets of the world attributes their respective success to reading (investment on stocks).., you might feel guilty while liking Sarah J. Maas.
5. “Reading challenges” might chip away the fun
Lastly, the reading challenges set up by Goodreads and being cheered upon by Quora, chip away the notion that:
if nothing else, reading should help you to loosen up.
What makes me scratching head that speed-reading is now revered. rejoiced and made goo-goo eyed at.
How the mighty has fallen. Excuse me, if suddenly I feel terribly old.
Have you ever get inspired by “How uber-successful ones” read? If yes, what did you discern from it? If you no, what’s your opinion on the hoopla surrounding how/what the Elon Musks of the world read? Let me know in the comments.
14 thoughts on “What happened when I followed reading habit of “uber-rich””
Loved this post.Found you while scrolling Indiblogger.I adore reading.I read for pleasure and learning.It’s a balance which helps me enjoy it more.
Thanks a lot Amrita for your comment. And I agree. Balancing pleasure with learning is where magic happens.
Oh I identify so much with a lot of your statements! Addicted reader, avid bookworm, escapist…
Glad to know that. May our tribe increase 🙂
My favorite part about reading is all the adventures it can take you on, and all the different worlds you can experience. Once I pick up the book, I can’t put it down. This does what you stated, and make you isolated. Finding the balance is truly key.
This is so true. Reading is damn addictive and may cost anyone the opportunities to socialize more. Thank you for dropping by.
Your last point made me chuckle. I’m a happy slow reader. I tried once setting myself a challenge to read a book a week and failed completely. I think it’s much better to really absorb and apply what you learn in a book.
Did you created this post just for me Lol! Guess I am not alone! I am such a bookworm, I started reading to learn but then slowly got addicted and sucked into the reading world! Which actually makes me feel guilty I mean I should’ve gone out and live life but where’s the fun in that! Btw great post I can relate to everything 🙂💞
Yup. You. Me. Or anyone who takes max. pleasure out of written words. 😀 So glad that you liked this post. Thanks for visiting.
This definitely reminded me I need to take in more content than short articles and youtube videos. It’s so easy to get lost in the static of technology.
Couldn’t agree more. Thanks for visiting.
I have never begun a reading challenge I didn’t fail miserably. And I’ve got multiple degrees proving I can read un-fun stuff. Pass the fluff, I’m going to the beach.