Reading Is What Smart People Do -Smart Means Wealthy

Do you want to become wealthy beyond your wildest imagination? Here’s how: Find out what poor people are reading and don’t read it. If you can solve problems, you are valuable to others. People pay to have their problems solved. When you read, you learn and when you learn, you become capable of solving problems. Reading is what smart people do – smart means wealthy.

Here’s an interesting fact about reading:

The average person reads 4 books each year. In 10 years – they have read 40 books (I’m good at math).
Pew Research Center released their data on “American reading habits” (this study concluded that the average reader varies by demographics, but the above statement is pretty accurate – 40 books in 10 years for the average person)

Reading is what smart people do – smart means wealthy.

If you were to read just 1 hour a day (and you were an averaged speed reader reading 200 wpm), you will have read 50, 200-page books in a year. Interesting huh! In the same 10-year time span you will have read 500 books (compared to the average reader’s 40 books) That is an incredible 460 more books……. WOW!

If there were that many books on “basket weaving,” I think it would be an easy argument to suggest that you would have superior knowledge concerning “how to make baskets” than the “average person” – seems like a “no-brainer” doesn’t it?

Well, the same would be true in any subject you chose to read about. You can become an expert in anything that you want to become an expert in – just by reading more than everyone else has concerning that subject.

What should I be reading

The important thing to consider is “what to read.” That depends on “what you want to be the expert on.”
Fictional books are good for you too! The truth of the matter is this: Reading is good for you and makes you smarter by increasing the neuro transmitters in your brain. That is not disputed by any expert in the field of research. Reading is what smart people do – smart means wealthy.

Why is reading so important

Readers are happier people. A study was conducted at the Center for Reading, Literature, and Society at the University of Liverpool, and it showed that readers that read just 30 minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness and satisfaction.

Just think what reading 30 minutes per day could do for you…. you’d be a happy clam for sure (although we’ve never seen a sad clam – but, just telling you that you’d be a “clam” doesn’t sound like a nice thing to say…so we added the word happy to it – “happy clam”)

Less Anxiety or Depression

The Reading Agency research says that people who read experience less depression and anxiety (compared to those who don’t). Reading has been linked to preventing depression and even dementia compared to watching TV or being consumed by social media.”

More Empathy and Tolerance Scientific research say that the act of opening our minds through reading shifts wiring and network connectivity in the brain. readers have:

  • More life experiences
  • More respect for themselves and others
  • More tolerance of other cultures and other views
  • More depth of knowledge
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Less Pain

A study on the positive effects of literature on pain management was conducted by Broadgreen University Hospitals, in the U.K. The study concluded that reading eased emotional pain (isolation and depression). The study also concluded that reading reduced physical pain awareness – this goes back to “you can’t focus on two things at the same time”.

Reading slows down mental decline

The Alzheimer’s Research center in the UK concluded that people who stimulate their minds by reading score higher on memory tests.

We have compiled a list of books that were written to assist you in your development journey. Many of these on our list have been credited (publicly) for changing people’s lives and they will certainly have a positive impact on yours. Here is our collection of personal development books that are highly recommended by everyone, including us:

  • Relax into wealth by Allen Cohen
  • The Bhagavad-Gita
  • Mastery by Robert Greene
  • The Game of Life and How To Play it by Florence Scovel Shinn
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
  • Drive-by Daniel H. Pink
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard
  • The Richest Man in Babylon George Clason
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  • The Psychology of Winning by Dennis Waitley
  • Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson
  • Change your voice to change your life by Morton Cooper
  • Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
  • Your Brain at Work by David Rock
  • Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge
  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
  • Simple Rules by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt
  • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  • Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
  • As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
  • The science of fear By Daniel Gardner
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
  • The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Peale
  • The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard
  • The Richest Man in Babylon George Clason
  • All you can do is all you can do but all you can do is enough by A.L. Williams
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
  • Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins
  • How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People by Les Giblin
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
  • The Charisma Myth by Olivia F. Cabane
  • Visualization – Peter Adams
  • The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
  • The Power of Less by Leo Babauta
  • Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu
  • The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  • The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • Time Power by Brian Tracy
  • Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
  • Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
  • See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar
  • The Warrior Within by John Little
  • The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  • The Social Animal by David Brooks
  • The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  • The Now Habit by Neil Fiore
  • The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
  • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • Feel the Fear… And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
  • Rework by Jason Fried and David Hansson
  • Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
  • Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • The magic of thinking big by David Schwartz
  • Happy for No Reason by Marci Shimoff
  • The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield,
  • Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
  • Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
  • The Republic by Plato
  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Reading has many benefits. Including becoming the “expert” in any field you wish to become the expert in. Reading has been shown to:

  • Reduces stress
  • Increase memory
  • Increase vocabulary which makes you an effective communicator
  • Increase focus
  • Increase concentration
  • Reading is what smart people do – smart means wealthy.

How to Read More Books:

  • Make it a habit: schedule it (before bed etc.)
  • Always have your book with you: waiting at the doctor’s office. Standing in line.
  • Read books that interest you: one way to ensure you will want to finish reading them.
  • Listen to audiobooks: you can even read in the car these days.
  • YouTube – this is a great way to listen to a book and it’s free. All you need is a Bluetooth compatible pair of headphones, and you can listen to a book anytime and anywhere.

Let us know in the comments below if you have read a great book that is not on our list.
Also, tell us if a book that you have read has had an impact on your life – we want to hear that too!

Philip Isaac

Philip Isaac is the founder of Electrified Mind. He is determined to reach the highest level of personal development as humanly possible by interacting with other world leaders through the Electrified Mind Podcast and absorbing all the knowledge they have to offer (you should join him). His overwhelming desire to make other people feel how he feels about life, drives him.
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