Chapter 4: Improve Reading and Comprehension Skills
I hated reading when I was in high school. I had the skills, but I didn’t want to read. I thought it was dumb. I didn’t understand the power of being able to read at a high level. I also didn’t understand how to use my reading skills to help me on my path to success. Now, I read a lot. There was a year where I read 24 books on the subject of self-improvement. I really enjoy reading because I am actively looking for, and engaging in, the quest for information. The more you read, the more you experience and take into your brain. It doesn’t mean you understand every word of the information, or can think critically about every little detail, but it is where all those advanced mental skills develop. In order for you to be ready to achieve the success you desire, you have to expose yourself to a lot of related information. Reading is one of the easiest ways to get information into your think tank.
Why is reading important? Well, let’s call it reading comprehension. Being able to understand what you read helps you focus your mind faster and accomplish your goals in a timely manner. Without a high skill to comprehend what you are reading, you may miss important facts or statements that are important to your development. Improving your reading is a process. If you don’t read on a regular basis, don’t think you can just pick up a 700-page book and finish it within a few hours or days. That would be for the highly skilled readers.
What you read is also important. You can’t be successful just reading comics and Instagram memes all day. You have to have focused reading time, and that reading should be in the subject or genre that is going to get you the results you are seeking. Take a moment to discover why you read; not why a teacher forces you to read, but why you would need the skills to read an abundance of information. Now, imagine that information being in relation to you being successful in your personal endeavor. Then, take the next moment to imagine you not developing your reading skills; how will not having the best reading skills effect your success when an opportunity becomes available? There are books that hold a wealth of knowledge on how to handle every situation. This reading will be important when you desire to achieve your goals.
When you are in school you are given many things to read, and they may be boring, but they are training your skills for that day when you need advanced reading skills. Trust me, I have been there, so I suggest you see reading as a way to improve your chance of the success you desire.
This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014. The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.
Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it. During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible! The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them. Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.
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