“I’m not saying that you have to be a reader to save your soul in the modern world. I’m saying it helps.” -Walter Mosley
Pound for pound, can you think of a better investment of your time and money than a book? I can’t.
All that research. All that knowledge and wisdom. All those life lessons and experiences. All that vulnerability. All that dedication to craft (It took Karl Malantes thirty years to write “Matterhorn.” THIRTY YEARS.) All that artistry.
As Ryan Holiday states…
Books are an investment in yourself—investments that come in many forms: novels, nonfiction, how-to, poetry, classics, biographies. They help you think more clearly, be kinder, see the bigger picture, and improve at the things that matter to you. Books are a tradition that stretches back thousands of years and stretches forward to today, where people are still publishing distillations of countless hours of hard thinking on hard topics. Why wouldn’t you avail yourself of this wisdom?
Cmon. It’s a no brainer.
Put down the phone and go read a book. I promise, you’ll be glad you did.