We spend their money on different things: Clothes, concerts, eating out, electronics, cars, etc. How you spend your money is entirely up to you. I would argue allocating a modest budget to spend money on books. As Charlie Jones says, “You will be the same person in 5 years except for the books you read, and the people you meet.” Reading expands your mind and allows you to learn. Through a book you can learn from leading experts/mentors about different topics. History, psychology, business, how to books, and culture are just a few of the many areas where you can educate yourself.
Further to that, reading requires self-discipline. To actually take time reading a book and not be texting or cruising the internet in today’s day is a serious skill. We are incredibly distracted and our time is always competed for. Giving just 30 minutes a day to reading over time will result in some serious gains.
For 24 years of my life I didn’t read books because I thought they were 1) boring, and 2) I didn’t have any time to read. While in school you generally don’t want to read more, I get that. However, outside of school reading is how you grow. Investing into your personal growth outside of school is vital. I buy 10 books a month online (about $5-10 each) generally second-hand because 1) I love to learn and 2) I like to stretch a dollar.
There are definitely some boring books out there. The trick is to find a book that interests you. If it doesn’t hold your attention, you’re not going to get through it. For the people who ask what books to read. My top 5 reads on my book shelf:
1.Love Does – Bob Goff
2. Promise of a Pencil – Adam Braun
3. Wooden – John Wooden
4. The Female Brain – Dr. Louann Brizendine
5. Half the Sky – Nicolas Kristof
Rather than stressing which book to exactly start with, find one that generally interests you and just get started.