Show Notes

Reading to the mind is what exercise if to the body. Most book lovers will agree that if you make reading a priority in your life, you will be amazed at what you will gain. Books can literally change your life: as you read, you grow! It is amazing though, how many people say they simply do not have time to read yet reading can open up a world of imagination; it can challenge, motivate and inspire you. Reading gets you thinking!

There are millions of books out there and any one of those has the potential to transform and enlighten your life. There is nothing better than getting lost in a great novel; such escapism does you wonders when life is busy. Favourite reads might be books that challenge us to think about how we are living our lives. Motivational real life stories, personal growth books and all books related to health and well being. There is so much to learn – it is a privilege I am sure we all never take for granted.

It has been said 15 minutes a day reading will change your life. Where do I find another 15minutes you ask? Here are a few simple suggestions:

  • Be selective about what you watch on television, Netflix or social media, they can all be such time wasters. Choose to read instead.
  • Wake up 15minutes earlier, and start your day off reading. Imagine a good positive read first thing in the morning. It could do wonders for the attitude you embrace for that day.
  • Schedule a 15minute break in your day to sit down and pick up that book.
  • A good book and a warm bath – bliss!
  • Maybe your job, or role as a parent or care-giver is taking up too much of your precious time? Perhaps that needs to be re-evaluated?

Books are the opposite to television: They are slow, engaging, inspiring, intellect-rousing, and creativity spurring.  David Shenk.

When you think about all the books out there it can seem quite overwhelming the amount of authors who have taken the time to write a book. I personally know what it takes to write one, I know the endless hours of research and writing they take. But like completing a marathon, there is no feeling that can describe how it feels to actually accomplish writing one. I encourage any of you – if it has been a dream of yours to write a book then take the bold step and do it. Just so you know we were turned down by our first publisher for our first book but as we walked out of that meeting we decided that if Harry Potter’s author had nine rejections before she was accepted, we had at least eight to go before we would even contemplate giving up!

Look up Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane (you can hear our interview on show number 91) for ghost writing a book –

Juliet Lever (you can hear her on show number 11) runs a program Birth Your Book here –

Mark Twain once said, ‘The person who does not read good books has no advantage over the person who can’t read them.’

Take advantage of the wonderful book-stores and libraries around, offering a world of knowledge and enjoyment. Or of course there is also a huge selection at places like Booktopia and Amazon online.

Try joining a book club – or start one yourself. This is a great way to learn about new books, great reads or the latest findings and share them with like-minded people. They are not a bad social activity either!!

And in the finest words of Burke Hedges, ‘Reading is like no other medium, it can transform your life in a flash, and you never know which book, at which time in your life, might be the one that rocks your world and inspires you to grow in ways you never thought possible’.

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