Non-fiction reading is something we can despise. But the value is too great to overlook. Below I discuss five easy reads to get into reading.
One of the biggest habits of successful people is that they read. The average CEO reads between 48 and 60 books per year. I know most people will never aspire to read that many books in a year. (I have only completed 3 books this year, myself.)
Even if we don’t have time to read that many books in a year, there is immense value in developing a non-fiction reading habit into your personal development. The ideas cultivated from reading about different concepts and ideas from other writers could unlock something big for you down the road.
Former President Harry S. Truman said it best: “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Below are five books that I’ve read that are easy (and fun) reads for someone looking for a great book to kick off a new habit:
5 Easy Reads to Get Into Reading
- The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. This is a great fable about the power of being positive. The book has a great story that follows the 10 rules for the ride of your life. I picked up this book and could not put it down until I finished it two days later.
- Start by Jon Acuff. This book is a great motivational book for anyone looking to start something big. Jon Acuff writes in a playful, yet articulate way that makes reading this book both fun and inspiring.
- Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander. This is a playful read about the life of a rhinoceros. The book outlines how we should all want to model how a rhinoceros lives in order to live a better life. A read read for someone who stops and picks up a book over time.
- QBQ: The Question behind the Question by John Miller. Another good read on the art of personal accountability. Author John Miller takes on a hard topic through many life lessons that are easy to apply.
- Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. This is a great fable about change and how it can affect us over time. Written about rats in a maze, its a great read for anyone struggling through change in their lives.
Since reading these books, they have become personal favorites of mine. Each one addresses a different topic which is core to personal and professional success: a positive outlook, a hunger to success, and an ownership mentality.
Learning to have the disciple to sit down and read is not easy. But the benefits of developing this habit have both short-term and long-term gains. But you have to be willing to start (pun intended).1
Question: What is your favorite non-fiction book?