Americans don’t read like we used to.
In a BreakPoint daily commentary, Eric Metaxas pointed to a Literacy Project Foundation poll that found 44% of American adults don’t read a book in a year. While that may not concern too many adults, a 2014 Forbes article pointed to data that shows if parents don’t read, it’s likely their children won’t either.
That may be reason enough for some adults to start reading more regularly, but according to Metaxas, there’s a more pressing benefit: it makes us better leaders.
Metaxas states why reading is vital. “Because we agree with author Michael Hyatt that readers are leaders. And leaders are readers. Beyond helping us gather information and data, Hyatt says that reading makes us better thinkers, improves our people skills, and helps us master communication.” Essentially, “knowing” helps us “do.”
Metaxas says when asked the secret of his success, investor Warren Buffett pointed to a stack of books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will.”
Without proper nutrients, plants and animals won’t grow. If we fail to feed our minds, we starve them. We can better raise up a strong generation of Christ-followers who will positively impact their culture if we set the example and do it ourselves.
Read Metaxas’ full commentary BreakPoint: Readers Are Leaders.
Learn more about Eric Metaxas here.
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