18 March 2011 21 Comments

All Leaders Are Readers?

 

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”  - Harry S. Truman

You think this is true?

Do you really believe in this?

And if you do, then how often do you read?

Not the usual ‘junk’ that we see all around us, but real stuff…  Which could make a difference inside you. Make you change yourself – for good.

I am assuming that since you are reading this, you are a reader already.

I am sure you know that there are blogs all over the internet on almost any imaginable topic, some of them written by great personalities, people you would have to spend a lot of money to even watch, let alone meet in person.

And the good thing is: These blogs are 100% free!

You can subscribe to them through email or RSS feed. There are free softwares for RSS feeds, I use Newsfire and love it. Thanks to one of my Gurus Seth Godin.

I think my life changed after I began to read regularly.

As a child I used to read a lot. Mostly trash. Yes, you read it correctly: Trash. As in novels & fiction and stuff which I shouldn’t be reading..! Please don’t ask me more!

But then it changed. Life had its own demands. And I almost quit reading for more than two decades. (Yes, I am ancient. And loving it!)

“Only fifteen minutes a day. Thats it,” said Mr Kamran Rizvi, yes The Kamran Rizvi (Kambha to most.) This was at least 6 years back when I was attending one of his ‘Out Of Box Thinking’ workshops in Karachi.

Among a lot of other brilliant things he taught us in a day, he taught us to read regularly. And THAT is the idea. Regularity. Consistently. As if your life depended on it.

He said, make sure you skip your dinner but not your book.

And hence, I started reading. But, thank God I didn’t miss any of my meals.. Or….? But, I got into this awesome habit of reading. Reading anything from self development books to stuff that caught my fancy.

I began to read ebooks, book summaries – thanks Farhad Karmally for introducing me to www.bizsum.com , and listen to audiobooks. Not to mention hundred of blog posts & articles that I have subscribed to.

And it changed my life – forever!

One single habit. Fifteen minutes a day. And you are blessed for life.

Imagine, how simple.

Today, I want you to promise yourself: Read at least 6 pages from any book. Or read for 15 minutes. Every evening before going to bed. It can be ANY book.

Err…Don’t skip a meal or you will never forgive me!

If you are already a reader but read lot of fiction (which btw most people do!), then try reading something different. A little different than fiction. A book that you always wanted to read but didn’t get around to it. Or got busy. Or simply became lazy. Pick up that book today & start reading.

Now!

Or read a blog. Google your favorite topic and read the first blog that it searches. You never know, you could hit pay dirt & become a fan/follower for life.

I assure you: If you could do this for 21 days consistently, your life will be way different & better than you could have ever imagined.

Not a bad deal for giving away only a fraction of your time to achieve greatness…Right?

Try it, it doesn’t cost you anything. (Except a few episodes of your favorite TV show, or repeated news on your favorite News Channel which is usually of no value to you anyways!)

You might be interested in a couple of my relevant posts:

Idiot Inside (Or Outside?)

Are We Living In The Most Peaceful Times Now?

You’ve Got To Read This Book!

This part of the post is additional:

I have received comments on books being very expensive nowadays and its difficult to keep buying them.

I agree 100%.

And the alternatives that immediately come to mind are:

Go to a library near you and borrow books. (You will have to return them in time!)

Have a group of friends who want to read the same book and then share.

Or better, join a book club, or even better create one for your like-minded friends. Everyone shares their ideas on a weekly/monthly basis on a book or several books. And in the end, these books are exchanged.

Go to an old book store near you and get your hands on bargain deals, I do it pretty often.

There are a lot of free ebooks online which you can read/download easily without feeling guilty.

There are websites which offer free book summaries, one of the good ones is www.wisdomfrombooks.com by a very dear friend, Malik Mirza. Check it out and you will get hooked to it.

Please feel free to add to the above alternatives.

Happy reading.

God bless you, always.

Keep reading, keep growing.

Nuruddin Abjani

Picture courtesy: http://homedesigninterior.com

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  • SaherM

    Books are man’s gift to mankind of all times! i love to read,my mum says she can’t remember a night that i have not read a little something before going to be from the time i learnt how to. Loved this piece :)

    • http://www.powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Thanks Saher for your comment.
      No wonder you know how to carry yourself well!
      God bless you, always…
      Keep inspiring…

  • http://www.facebook.com/shahzad.janjuah Shahzad Saleem Janjuah

    You made my day for today for sure!!!

    I was not a habitual reader, but something makes me started to read books.

    Now I am pretty much habitual, I am glad to read your article.

    However I would like to request you one thing, if you can kindly let us all know your list of subscriptions.

    • http://www.powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Thanks Shahzad. Good, reading makes a difference, no doubt.
      You can check my reading list on my LinkedIn profile : http://dld.bz/by88Q.
      Stay blessed.
      Nuruddin

  • Skhymani

    I will do/read Inshallah, God bless you abjani

    • http://www.powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Thanks, Suleman.

      Stay blessed.

      Nuruddin

  • Muhammad Aslam Samejo

    Sir,I am new at your web introduce by my teacher that is Tufail Chandio .
    He is gorgeous person and he have ability to change the mind.He told that you are super person,I read your article,I can thought that you are and I will try to my best.well, sir my question is that “how reading any book change your life ?”

    // if any logical or syntax in my comment error because my English is good

    • Muhammad Aslam Samejo

      I mean my English is not enough good

    • http://powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Dear Mr. Aslam Samejo,

      Welcome to Power Of Thought. Please thank Mr. Chandio from my side.

      Books do change lives. You will meet a lot of people who will say this to you.
      What type of books do you read? If its fiction that you read, then it wouldn’t do much to you… However, if its something else, it has the power to change lives…

      I read ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne a few years back and it has changed mine. Even watching its video effects you.
      I read regularly and it seems that everyone book I read leaves its mark on me and makes me a better person in every way.
      It all depends how much you absorb someone else’s thoughts and words.

      Good luck to you.

      Don’t forget, your future is what YOU want it to be…But you will have to work hard at it. In every way.

      God bless you, always.

      Nuruddin

  • http://www.register-domainname.in/ Register domain names

    Your article is really good for me because, I have never thought of reading in this way. So now i will definitely try according to your article. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Thanks Shiv.

      God bless.

      Nuruddin

  • Anonymous

    will i ever get a reply on your blog or i simply stop coming ? :)

  • Clare

    well, my 15 minutes will start from today!

    • http://powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Clare, great!
      I am so happy that you are finally reading my blog….in China!
      God bless you, always.

      Nuruddin

  • Saleem S. Chandani

    I do remember traveling with one of my Senior Colleagues from Islamabad to Peshawar. While having lunch at one of the roadside restaurants he started reading from the old news paper that came along with the breads in traditional style. He shared that as we pick piece food that falls out of our plate just because doing this considered as we are respecting to our food that enrich our body, similarly we should pick any piece of reading as it will consider our respect for the stuff that enrich our mind.

    Saleem S. Chandani

    • http://www.powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Thanks Saleem Bhai for a thought-provoking example.
      I never thought of reading in this way.
      Thanks for sharing.
      God bless you.

      Nuruddin

  • Fahad Khan

    Damn too good beautiful thought to share :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nooruddin.b.merchant Nooruddin B. Merchant

    Agreed Nuruddin bhai,

    Your article reminds me of Azim Jamal, Corporate Sufi, who also shared his success story. 20 mins meditation, 20 mins sports/physical activity and 20 minutes motivational reading. I believe Readers become leaders when they also have the ability to think, reflect and relate.

    Keep inspiring

  • http://www.facebook.com/nooruddin.b.merchant Nooruddin B. Merchant

    Agreed Nuruddin bhai,

    Your article reminds me of Azim Jamal, Corporate Sufi, who also shared his success story. 20 mins meditation, 20 mins sports/physical activity and 20 minutes motivational reading. I believe Readers become leaders when they also have the ability to think, reflect and relate.

    Keep inspiring

    • http://www.powerofthought.org Nuruddin Abjani

      Thanks, Nooruddin.

      Azim Jamal is a great inspiration to a lot of us.
      These three things are our fuel for a happy and fulfilled life.
      Its also called The Power Hour.
      If one is able to spend one hour every day with ourselves, doing:
      ‘READ, PRAY & PLAY’
      Then things would be different, way different.

      Thanks for sharing, Nooruddin.

      God bless you.

      Nuruddin

  • Anonymous

    thanks for the tip.
    hmm and what 15 min of day would you suggest? or it could be anytime?
    and what about ebooks? how do you read them? its too hectic to read books on a pc or laptop screen

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