For NPR the hook is the get-rich-quick angle. For writers it’s all about creation inspiration, found stories. This article is inspirational for how curiosity and a sense of the new and unusual is a writer’s most important talent – not regurgitating an iteration of whatever’s selling.
I read like this my whole life – not because I wanted to get rich (I was 6!) but because I yearned to be enriched.
The best advice I’ve ever got about reading came from a secretive movie producer and talent manager who’d sold more than 100 million albums and done more than $1B in box office returns. He said to me one day, “Ryan, it’s not enough that you read a lot. To do great things, you have to read to lead.”
What he meant was that in an age where almost nobody reads, you can be forgiven for thinking that the simple act of picking up a book is revolutionary. It may be, but it’s not enough. Reading to lead means pushing yourself–reading books “above your level.” In short, you know the books where the words blur together and you can’t understand what’s happening? Those are the books a leader needs to read. Reading to lead or learn requires that you treat your brain like the muscle that it is–lifting the subjects…
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I think I’m going to need to steal this idea!
One of my goals for this year is to complete 25 inspirational books or classic novels. Of course that will involve a lot of reading, and a lot of reading seems to go hand in hand with a lot of losing track of what I learned.
So my newest idea – I’m going to start a notebook or document to list the books I read and what lesson, concept, idea, or overall feeling I walk away with. It’s not exactly a new idea, but it’s something that I’ve never taken the time to do. And I bet a lot of you are thinking the exact same thing.
To give an example of a book that I just completed, I’m going to go with the very popular “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon. This book was a delightful manifesto on creativity that I can imagine has a great…
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