Foolishly, when I was younger I was not a very big fan of books or reading in general. Looking back I would have loved to have gotten into reading more at an early age, but it is never too late to start.
Recently, I have found that reading books on topics that interest me is a better tool for learning than K-12 and college courses. Why do I think this? Reading has no boundaries and for that reason, an individual can take several books and learn as much as they want about different topics. Take myself for example; I want to learn more about Venture Capital – essentially the art of funding startup and early- stage growth companies. In order to learn more about this topic, I have checked out to see if there are any reoccurring courses available on websites like Coursera and Udemy (there are courses that are reoccurring by the way). However, ultimately reading several books on the topic is probably going to be my method of learning this topic in more detail.
I think it is important for individuals to plan what books they want to read over the next 6 months, year, 10 years, etc. A great website to use that helps readers stay on track and bookmark books that they want to add to a reading list is www.goodreads.com. I just began using this site and I must say that it already has me excited to start reading a ton of books because now (thanks to this site), I am able to see the big picture of just how many books I want to read, what books are on my list, and how many different topics I am interested in learning about.
I urge people to check this website out (I have no affiliation with them, I just really like the website) and start reading more books about topics that interest you! Currently, I have about 15-20 books that I want to read in my free time. Hopefully all of you have a similar goal in mind, but even more important than the goal in this situation is just getting started. Some of you may have loved reading for years and others may have just gotten started, but that doesn’t matter. Get out there and start reading some more and you would be surprised how much you are learning in no time.
Good luck to you all on your reading adventures!