It is said that leaders must be readers. Aim towards leadership – if not of others, at least aim to lead yourself. Part of this process means that you must become a reader of good books.
Don’t disparage physical, old-fashioned books, either. The Kindle has it’s use, but there’s something about a tangible book that can’t be replicated by a device. So try shutting off the glowing screens that are everywhere and pick up a real, paper book. A good book – one worth reading – and immerse yourself in it’s words.
“The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.” -Northrop Frye
Some recommended books for a man to read include the following:
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Civil War Trilogy of Gods and Generals, The Killer Angels, and The Last Full Measure by Michael Shaara and Jeff Shaara
- The King James Version of the Bible
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
- The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
- How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
When you ask yourself, “what is the best use of my time right now?” very often you could be reading. So next time you’re in a waiting room, have a book with you. Next time you find yourself aimlessly channel-surfing, turn off the TV and start reading. Have a book by your bedside to read a bit from each night.
Read good books.