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Glenford Smith | Motivating people who read

Published:Monday | July 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

QUESTION: I see where you are doing a very wonderful job of motivating people who read your column. As a first-time reader of these books which are so expensive, which is the first one I should start off with? And which others would you recommend?

- S.M.

CAREERS: Thank you for your compliment and your question. It is a very important question, that of books.

We have the privilege of learning from the best thinkers from long ago and contemporary times, so it is excellent that you've asked. In Jamaica, it is said, we do not read enough. And that we would rather play a game on our cell phone than pick up a book.

But each of us can marshal our time, and determine what we will do with the seconds, the minutes and the hours. And that is what we have control over, and all we need to control. For the time spent reading a book is time dedicated to the formation of who and what we become.




The editors Ben Jacobs and Helena Hjalmarsson in The Quotable Book Lover have said of books: "The books we read help to shape who we are. Books introduce us to great figures in history, narratives that stir our spirit, fictions that tug us out of ourselves and into the lives of a thousand others, and visions of every era through which human beings have lived.''

I wish to say a few words to the casual and occasional reader here. This may not pertain to you, okay.

There is a wonderful world of technology for you to take advantage of. No one is suggesting that you cut them off. By all means enjoy them. Use every avenue to get recreation, resting and relaxing, or just having fun. Benefit from YouTube, Google Search, all the options on your phone, and your television.

Search for the books named online. If you cannot afford it immediately, download the e-books and get the physical books as early as you can.

But, set aside time a certain amount of time every week for reading. It doesn't have to be a lot. Perhaps 30 minutes three times per week. You will see the positive outcome in a short time. Your confidence will increase and you will notice an improvement in your vocabulary.

With respect to my recommended books, you may start with these. You don't have to rush but be steady:

- Think and Grow Rich and The Master-Key to Riches by Napoleon Hill.

- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker.

- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield.

Both of my books are very good for you to acquire and study. Let me leave you with some words from Henry David Thoreau which I carry with me, always. I've called it the magic power of words, and have included here only a bit:

"How many have dated a new era in their lives from the reading of a book

The book exists for us perchance

Which will explain our miracles and reveal new ones

The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered."

- Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and success strategist. He is the author of 'From Problems to Power' and co-author of 'Profile of Excellence'.