The Power of Reading – Are Your a Reader?

We’ve all heard that lifelong readers do better at pretty much anything.  How important is reading?  Here are some interesting statistics associated with reading from the website below * .

More than 20 percent of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level-far below the level needed to earn a living wage.

56 percent of young people say they read more than 10 books a year, with middle school students reading the most. Some 70 percent of middle school students read more than 10 books a year, compared with only 49 percent of high school students

There are almost half a million words in our English Language – the largest language on earth, incidentally – but a third of all our writing is made up of only twenty-two words.

Out-of-school reading habits of students has shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.

The educational careers of 25 to 40 percent of American children are imperiled because they don’t read well enough, quickly enough, or easily enough.

And more from (see below) #1

– 58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school – 42% of college graduates never read another book – 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year. – 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years – 57% of new books are not read to completion. – Most readers do not get past page 18 in a book they have purchased.

Why do we quit reading when it is one of the easiest ways to continue to educate ourselves?  Probably lots of reasons; time, a learning disability (although this is less of a reason with audio books), and we don’t see the value of continuing to read, but reading is an important way to learn.  Readers are more likely to advance in their jobs. 

Don’t let yourself be another statistic!  Read a book (preferably nonfiction since reading fiction can be the equivalent to watching a soap opera on TV!).  If you don’t like reading, get audiobooks-there is a lot of downtime in the car and listening to CDs is an easy way to pass the time.  You will be surprised at how far reading can take you.  Knowledge is power!

Check with you leader or upline and ask what books they are reading today. Remember Leaders Read. Suggested Books: Bible, The Go Giver, Go for No, The Greatest Networker in the World,  The Answer, Who Moved My Cheese

What is The Secret?

The Secret is not really a secret at all. What The Secret is, is a cleaned up and very easy to understand version of the law of attraction. You are probably familiar with the law of attraction, like attracts likes.

Author Rhonda Byrne has put together this best seller as a hit book, audiobook and movie. The movie The Secret, gained its initial popularity by way of viral marketing. Prime Time Productions offers free use of the movie to certain organizations and viewings.

The Secret as a book is a New York Times best seller and over the Christmas season of 2006 was one of Amazon’s top five sellers.

The newest median for The Secret is on audiobook. This audiobook can be downloaded on the Internet and runs four hours. Listening to The Secret on audiobook is very convenient as you can listen to it over and over either on the drive to work, while exercising, cleaning the house, or any other time. This is a great way to really absorb its principles

The Secret is so big, that it was even featured on Oprah for an entire episode. And we all know what kind of sales of books come from any that are featured on Oprah.

Naming the DVD and move The Secret was a brilliant marketing idea. Everyone wants in on a secret. A big part of what has made the book so big is that people were thinking that they were learning a new idea. These people have never visited the business section at Barnes and Noble or may not be familiar with the Bible.

Rhonda Byrne originally got her idea for The Secret from reading the book The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D. Wattles, written in 1910. Napoleon Hill also wrote the book Think and Grow Rich and there is also W. Clement Stones Believe to Achieve. All of these books have the same secret within their pages.

The idea of The Secret is also found in the Bible, in Mathew 7:7 Ask and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. And in Mark 9:23, All things are possible to him that believeth.

The general idea of The Secret is that like attracts like. In other words, if you are over weight and want to lose weight you need to hang out with thin people, and visualize being thin. Basically you just put it out there to the universe and let a divine force work its magic.

I do feel that there are many truths to The Secret. Intention and visualization are powerful tools. This idea is also nothing new to anyone who believes in writing down their goals. This goes way back, the philosopher Seneca said, if a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.

Viewing The Secret on DVD, reading the book, or listening to The Secret on audiobook is something that will benefit virtually everyone on some level. The ideas might be brand new and mind blowing to you, or it might just be a reminder on focusing on the things that are important to you and the changes you want in life.

Audio Business Books – Harness the Power of Audio Learning to Cut Your Learning Time in Half!

Audio learning has been around for many years now, but thanks to the introduction of mp3 players and the internet, we are beginning to see an even greater shift towards this type of learning and training tool. Where previously the most common approach for studying was simply by reading lengthily and often time consuming books, individuals are now making the productive shift toward audio business books and video learning.

And whilst video learning does present itself as an amazing tool for demonstrating intricate business systems by visually illustrating various business models and graphs etc, they inevitably rely on the individual’s full attention to be able to take in the information being displayed, and thereby reduce the individual’s ability to continue with their day. Unfortunately this drawback is not just restricted to learning from videos on ones home or office computer, the same applies to portable types of video devices too.

So how can you overcome these obstacles to build knowledge and save time?

Well, this is where audio learning has many advantages over reading and video learning. Compared to business books which inevitably require multiple reads to fully digest, audio business books are not only able to be played repeatedly over a short period of time, but thanks to the fact that they don’t require your visual attention either, they also allow you to go about your day conducting many tasks which using books or video would simply not be possible e.g. eating lunch, working out or driving your car.

After all, can you imagine tying to watch a video or read a book on economics whilst driving down the highway to work? Not only would this be near impossible, it would be highly illegal and extremely dangerous. On the other hand, listening to informative audio business books under the same circumstances would prove to be highly productive and beneficial. You would in effect be killing multiple birds with one stone!

And what’s great too is that with business audio books being priced in the same range as normal books, they are an affordable alternative. This is not to suggest that you totally refrain from reading books altogether, as books do have their place, but I’m simply looking to point of the potential benefits that can be gained by adding audio learning to your learning portfolio.

Especially if you lead a busy and hectic lifestyle, which many modern business people do, it can dramatically help you increase your knowledge during times where any other form of learning would simply not be possible.

So in the these modern every changing times, where staying informed of the latest changes in your market, is the only true way to survive in business, I believe that audio learning can help become give you the edge you need by dramatically reducing your learning time. After all, isn’t time our greatest and most valued resource?

I like to remember a little statement that mind performance expert Tony Robbins one said “You can always get more money, but you can never get more time!”