I once read a list of things that people who live long lives do. One of those things is to read for pleasure at least 30 minutes per day; it is a type of meditation. A time to relax, take a deep breath and feel good about oneself. The HR Book group organizer would like each member to have a goal of reading one (1) book per month. A topic for the month is chosen by the organizer and any book can be read; the objective is to read a book, any book on that topic. The topic for January is Wellness and two (2) authors are recommended. I like this concept, however, to say that all readers are leaders is quite a misstatement.
Reading has almost always been a passion of mine; I’ve waivered every once in a while…I’ve altered my taste in books and types of reading materials that interest me but I feel that I can easily say that I’ve always been a reader. I do feel that in this society, ‘leaders’ have to be ‘readers’ in some aspect of their life…they may not read for ‘pleasure’ but most leaders must stay on top of changes in technology, business, global initiatives…with both human capital and financial initiatives.
Recent copy stated that, today, we are the best read society ever…of course, that has to be true…one reads mail, texts, blogs, news feeds, publications, status updates, etc. in and out of the workplace. However, there is nothing as educational as reading a ‘book’…a story, a memoir, a diary, a perspective, an experience…People read for many reasons and even if it is to prove to yourself that you can, please recognize that no matter what one’s experiences in life may be, if one does not have the exposure to other’s lives through the power of a book, then we are not being mindful of the need for personal growth.
Harry S. Truman coined the statement: ‘Not all readers are leaders but all leaders are readers’…the benefits of reading a book are too numerous to mention but I would like to state that over time, it has been proven that most successful entrepreneurs and innovators are avid readers. Start your infants while rocking them to sleep…read them a book…any book. Bill Gate’s father stated that he always knew his son was intelligent and academic but what convinced him that his son was going to be a success was his voracious appetite for reading books.
So, joining that HR book club is a good idea; even if the professional that wrote of it has it a tad, bit wrong…I read Little Women to my daughter while rocking her in a chair when she was an infant. Someone who has an infant/toddler recently informed me that they were going to read their child only ‘age appropriate books’…It doesn't matter, as long as you read to your children and read for yourself. If you are interested in any type of reading group for yourself or for your business for either (I’ve access to quite a few) professional or social context, please contact Rosanne Bennett at 484-718-3427 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.