In our never-ending quest of self-improvement and gaining knowledge, we at Big Brand Boys have decided that we will be reading at least 70 pages of a non-fiction book daily. We are currently delving deep into the New York Times bestseller Principles by Ray Dalio, which we have also reviewed here on the website. The books we are reading will vary in subject, from self-improvement to biographies. All books, however, will be non-fiction, as we believe reading fiction as an adult is truly a waste of our time. The same goes for watching fantasy series like Game of Thrones by the way.
The funny thing is, we’ve actually received quite some backlash for that statement. Tons of disgruntled comic fans and Game of Thrones watchers reacted to our Twitter with reasons as to why it isn’t a waste of their time. The hard truth is that it is simply a fact that it’s a waste of your time. If you are trying to become successful and build a career in a competitive field, you should not waste your time on fictional books and series.
We don’t say this without having done some field-research though. We’ve tried to watch Game of Thrones for example, and it was pretty decent. At the end of the first episode, however, they brought dragons into the mix, and that was our cue to stop watching the series. The same goes for superhero movies. We’ve seen countless adults rave about the new movie Avengers: Endgame, which baffles us. You’re 28 years old and you’re pretending you’re Batman? Grow up.
Anyways, we’re going off on a tangent so let’s get into the benefits of reading every day.
If you are reading daily, you should make sure you’re not wasting your time. So, rule number 1 is: only read non-fiction, for reasons we’ve stated above and the fact that you don’t want to waste your precious time on reading things that don’t add value to your life. You need to treat this just as your exercise routine and cut out all the time wasting exercises. Easier said than done, and it does require some effort, but the payoff will be massive. Just take a look at the graphic below what happens to you when you read 20 minutes a day for a year.
As you can see, reading 20 minutes daily for a year will result in having read 1,800,000 words in the whole year. If you’ve only read non-fiction you have now added significant knowledge into your brain. This is simply an undeniable truth and like a force of nature, the knowledge will build like compound interest. 1.8 million words may seem like an ocean but with reading 20 minutes a day you’ll have done it in a year. Play with the lengths of your reading sessions to increase this word count as you see fit. The facts remain unchanged though, 1.8 million words of knowledge will add value to anybody’s life, no matter who you are.
But, don’t take our word for it! One of the richest guys in the world, Warren Buffet also recommends reading 500 words a week. He told in an interview that knowledge builds like compound interest, which is where we got the metaphor from. Surely, 500 words a week translates to roughly 70 pages a day which is achievable for anyone with even a little bit of discipline.
To start your reading routine off to a good start, we recommend you check out our list of books that will change your life.