Developing "Shelf" Esteem
If you could not tell already, reading is one of the most important things in my life. It allows me to detach from the world and cleanse my mental gears. Many times after I read I actually feel lighter as I walk around as strange as it may seem. In the very near future I will be writing some books on some of my life experiences and many observations and I am very excited about it to say the very least. In my opinion, we all have a story that must be told. The individual uniqueness of our lives is truly fascinating.
From time to time I get into conversations with people who are close to me and they ask me why I read so much? I usually tell them that I have to keep my mind clear from the many distractions that are out there because I have big plans for the future. That does not exactly go over well with most of them because they feel as though they are just fine without reading at all. To all of them I say the same thing, do what is comfortable for you. With more reading comes different perspectives and different answers to some of life's questions. There is always someone who has been where you are and you can learn from them.
Earlier today I was looking at my bookshelves and asking myself, what have all of these books done to shape the way that I see life and how we are all intertwined in this human experience? I have plenty of fiction, craft, photography, and music books, but my personal development books are still in the majority. So I looked at all of these books and I said to myself, how does my learned knowledge compare to my activity knowledge? In other words, how much of what I have read has actually been put into practice? My honest answer to myself was that lots of it has been put into practice, but still not enough by my standards.
I was once told that we tend to read the personal development books that we already know about. We are just looking for other ways to digest the concepts because we have not released the fear that stops us from putting the concepts into action. That rocked my entire brain and I saw some of that in myself. I had to be accountable for this. There is no new information on how to be a better person or how to make more money or even how to find the love of your life. It is all rehashed from those who have come before us.
Reading and writing truly excites me in a way that I cannot explain. Each time that I send a posting, it makes me feel alive and engaged in something of great value. My intention is not to preach or judge, just to share. Just think how much friendlier the world would be if we could all share the things that really made us come alive or that hurt us deeply. Less people would feel lonely, less people would feel so afraid to step out on faith.
In closing, my message to you is that there is so much magic in reading. It has transformed my life over and over again through the years. I also feel that I was blessed with three book smart parents that in one way or another were catalysts for this and for that I am forever grateful. Please take a look at some of these staggering statistics on reading! I was amazed to find all of this out! Come on, go and get a library card! I dare you!!!
Here is a good book recommendation while I am at it. This one goes out to all my self starters who are tired of building other people's dreams at work and want to tear out a page of their own. I pick this book up a few times a month, seriously!!!
Be well family, Chase
1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
70 percent of books published do not earn back their advance.
70 percent of the books published do not make a profit.
(Source: Jerold Jenkins, www.JenkinsGroupInc.com)
53 percent read fiction, 43 percent read nonfiction. The favorite fiction category is mystery and suspense, at 19 percent.
55 percent of fiction is bought by women, 45 percent by men.
(Source: Publishers Weekly)
About 120,000 books are published each year in the U.S.
A successful fiction book sells 5,000 copies.
A successful nonfiction book sells 7,500 copies.
(Source: Authors Guild, www.authorsguild.org)
On average, a bookstore browser spends 8 seconds looking at a book's front cover and 15 seconds looking at the back cover.
(Source: Para Publishing, www.parapub.com)
Each day in the U.S., people spend 4 hours watching TV, 3 hours listening to the radio and 14 minutes reading magazines.(Source: Veronis, Suhler & Associates)