According to Statista (https://www.statista.com/), the average time spent using online media in Malaysia in the second and third quarter of 2017 was around 8.45 hours. I repeat, the average time Malaysians spent using the internet is 8.45 hours per day! That’s 35.2% of our existence! No doubt, most of the time spent is for doing works such as researching, communications, and assignments (especially when you’re in IT business and marketing). How about time spent on social media? Approximately, the respondents in this survey stated that they used social networking (such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.) sites for between 1 to 4 hours per day.
Let’s take the least time, say 1 hour per day of mindless scrolling and match that with one of the most popular excuses of not reading books “I don’t have enough time!” (90%) and the answer is: YOU’RE LYING! (I hope that will not turn you off, but instead, it brings awareness to your conscious and subconscious mind). Ray Bradbury says, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” Everyone knows reading is a good and crucial habit in personal development, so either you TAKE time to read or you MAKE time to read. The truth is you HAVE time. Look at Harley Quinn, she used her time in prison wisely! Face the book(s) more often than Face-book and you’ll be happier and smarter.
Jim Rohn, one of my favorite speakers, said this: “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” In 2017, I read 73 books. The last year 2018, I get to read 53 books. It’s not about the numbers, it’s about ‘Are you hungry for knowledge?’ I like how Bertolt Brecht puts it: “Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.” Knowledge is not power. Knowledge is potential power. Knowledge plus action(s) is power. But how to take action if you don’t have the right knowledge? Read books.
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