This was an excellent book. I think I would even say that it was on of the best books that I have ever read in my life. I say that because this book encouraged me in so many ways to read for the rest of my life. Not only has it inspired me to read, but it has also inspired me to grow, on purpose. I think I was already doing this, but Pat Williams showed me a different perspective and helped me to take a realistic survey of my current tactics.
Pat Williams takes the time to explain what reading means to him and many other successful people in the world. He looks at historical individuals as well as current one that have spent their years reading and growing.
He offers us statistics like, most people don’t read and of those that do, over half of them only read on a sixth grade reading level.
Over the past few years, I have set reading goals that I never seemed to achieve. However I realize now that it was because everything else in my life to a front seat and reading was in the back seat. Don’t get me wrong, I would read, but not like I wanted to. Thanks to Pat Williams, things have been put into a clearer perspective. He suggests that we take a minimum of one hour a day to read. If we did that we would read a minimum of one book per week. If we read one book per week, we would read a minimum of 50 books per year. If we did this for 10 years, we would read approximately 500 books per year. Now these statistics floored me alone, but it’s what Pat said afterwards that help me to understand how I could apply it to my life. Choose a topic and become an expert or gain a very clear understanding of the topic within a years time by simply reading. This is one of the keys to becoming successful in life.
One of the things that I enjoyed so much about this book was that it was full of quotes from so many different people and books. I love reading quotes. They often times get me interested in the original source.
I read a review that mentioned that Pat Williams is a bit repetitious in his writing. I didn’t see that as much as I saw him taking the time to reinerate a point that he felt was important. This book is very practical. It is almost like a manual for becoming a lifetime learner or reader, so there are times when Pat mentions something that he already mentioned, but this time he explains how to put it into practice.
I enjoyed this book so much that I would recommend it to everyone. It is now one of my favorite books of all time.