How Reading Changed My Life


Human important qualities, which differentiate us from animals is our capacity to learn. Human is the only living creature to invent tools for helping their daily life. Take an example of a hammer, have tried lately to put a nail on the wall with your bare hands? We know it’s harder and take longer time than if we were to use a hammer. These tools are simply leverage to do a job. The same goes with reading, books are tools, it gives us leverage in understanding people or society behavior, experience, wisdom, skills, and countless education we seldom found in formal education

I was once a very introverted person, I didn’t talk to my “friends” unless they asked me first. When I was in high school I used to sit alone in my own personal space and summarize various textbook. Sometimes one or two friends would approach me and chat a bit, although it felt awkward at that time. I spent my high school that way, with a little bullied by the ganster in my school (later on I found out that he had been arrested because of robbery). He would said bad things to me and I would passively standing there.

Look at the bright side, I made ten to twenty friends I still keep in the loop now. I graduated from high school with very high marks, and known very well by teachers. I didn’t read much, well I didn’t read when I was in high school. My reading came in the first-late semester of college, I decided that I don’t want to be a weird person anymore. My very first book is “How to Get Anybody to Do Anything” by David J. Lieberman, a recommended book about techniques in human relationships. After finishing that book my world changed, reading becomes a must for day-to-day activity and I could finished two books a week, then it goes to four books a week. Fast forward to next the next two and a half years, which is the time I write this book my life changed 180 degree.

I still do prefer being in solitude rather than partying with my close friends, but now I could cope better for the latter. Reading many psychological books taught me how to speak with confidence, knowing other’s may be nervous as well. It taught me to dream bigger, act smarter, and think before speaking or doing anything. Some books encourage me to find deeper meaning in life and pursue the life I dreamed of. By learning from David J. Lieberman psychology books, I’ve made more new friends than I’ve ever made in the past. Lately I’ve been developing system in approaching people and making new acquintances, which I will teach you later in this book.

Nowadays you could learn almost anything by reading books and blogs on the internet, whether it’s stock trading or sewing. The effect of reading self help books in my life is outstanding, every book I read is the wisest investment I made. We don’t need to read merely non-fiction books to learn, we could also learn from experiences and wisdom in many quality wise fiction books. Paulo Coelho’s books such as The Apprentice taught me to dare venturing outside my comfort zone, and never give up my dreams despite the circumstances.


About Journeyman

A global macro analyst with over four years experience in the financial market, the author began his career as an equity analyst before transitioning to macro research focusing on Emerging Markets at a well-known independent research firm. He read voraciously, spending most of his free time following The Economist magazine and reading topics on finance and self-improvement. When off duty, he works part-time for Getty Images, taking pictures from all over the globe. To date, he has over 1200 pictures over 35 countries being sold through the company.
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