We have all heard the statement “A leader is a reader” but what do we do if we are not “a reader” and yet desire to be a leader? Many leaders have faced this dilemma and I’m suggesting today that the simple cure for this problem is to increase your appetite. Yes, appetite! There is no force in the universe as powerful as that of appetite. It manifests within minutes of birth and begins to control our lives from that point forward. These appetites can be both good or bad (for another day) but reading is an appetite that is no doubt necessary, beneficial, and amazing.
Get Started!- Having been on the receiving end of feeling bad many times in my life I can tell you firsthand that the only cure for a lost appetite is to exercise mind over body and start the eating process again. This means you cannot ask yourself if you “feel like” reading but simply must begin reading again in order to kickstart your reading appetite.
Value Yourself- many never move past entertainment as the primary motivation for reading. If this is the case, you will hardly ever choose the medium of reading over television, web surfing, or hanging out with friends. The primary motivation for reading must be to invest in yourself! If you value your call and contribution to the Kingdom of God then you need to equip yourself (beyond formal education) to meet the demands of your assignment.
Do Your Research- The greatest obstacle to reading inevitably becomes, “What do I read”? In a day where there are millions of books, how do you even begin finding the type of books that personally will add value to your leadership? Here is where I encourage you to do 2 practical things. Look for book recommendations from leaders you trust (like 10k!). Another great help is to download free samples of books that interest you and read the introduction or first chapter. By taking in this small portion of a book you can usually determine if the rest of the book holds enough interest to motivate you to the finish line. (If not, you will by default be increasing your exposure to different ideas, even if you don’t read the whole book…win-win!)
Variety is Good!- One of the greatest secrets I’ve discovered in reading is never limit yourself to one book at a time. You will find that when you have only one book to read the chances of you wanting that particular book every time you endeavor to read will be very low. With many different books on different subjects you both broaden your perspective and provide the outlet for any frame of mind.
Note: You don’t eat the same meal every time you are hungry. By putting different books in your library you are giving yourself “meal options” when it comes to reading.
This article was written by one of our founders, Joel Stockstill. Joel (aka. @hippofloat) has an intense passion to develop and motivate next generation leaders. Stay tuned for more articles by Joel. #10kleader