Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Book Stop Project Proves Filipinos Are Readers

The Book Stop Project commenced on Apr. 23 at the Ayala Triangle Gardens revealed that Filipinos have the affinity for books.

There was an airline joke I heard when I was young saying that you can easily spot Filipinos in a plane as they are the ones sleeping or talking non-stop to their kababayan, while other passengers are reading. However, this seems not to be the case based on the show up at the recently concluded Dia del Libro or International Book Day last Saturday.

The Book Stop is one of the main attractions at the event. It is a non-profit 3×4 meter pop-up library designed by WTA Architecture & Design Studio that allows book lovers to donate, borrow, or swap books. Even the design and interior of the library allows readers to mingle and discuss about books. The goal of the project is to “reinvent, reinvigorate, and reestablish the library in Filipino society.”

The Book Stop will be at Ayala Triangle Gardens until May 9. Share ideas, one book at a time.

Filipinos are Bibliophiles, too.

While other nations mock us that we do not even read a magazine or newspaper every morning. Filipinos are bookworms, too. How can we read during our commute when it is like a battlefield to get to work?

However, I can attest that my generation (Generation Y) and the millennials are voracious readers. During my high school and college years, we all wait with pins and needles for the release of the new Harry Potter books. Meanwhile, we also diligently read Paulo Coelho and Bob Ong books like a bible.

When I started working and earn money to support my addiction, I was one of the many who scour the Young Adult section in FullyBooked and National Bookstore for new releases. Even with the advent of new technology, readers still buy real books. Many say that the feel and effect of real books are different from electronic ones.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Reading Habits of Ultra-Successful People

Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common? They read. A lot.

In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” Buffett takes this habit to the extreme — he read between 600 and 1000 pages per day when he was beginning his investing career, and still devotes about 80% of each day to reading.

And he’s not alone. Here are just a few top business leaders and entrepreneurs who make reading a major part of their daily lifestyle:

  • Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year, which breaks down to 1 per week
  • Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours every day
  • Elon Musk is an avid reader and when asked how he learned to build rockets, he said “I read books.”
  • Mark Zuckerberg resolved to read a book every 2 weeks throughout 2015
  • Oprah Winfrey selects one of her favorite books every month for her Book Club members to read and discus

And these aren’t just isolated examples. A study of 1200 wealthy people found that they all have reading as a pastime in common.
But successful people don’t just read anything. They are highly selective about what they read, opting to be educated over being entertained. They believe that books are a gateway to learning and knowledge.

In fact, there is a notable difference between the reading habits of the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy. According to Tom Corley, author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, rich people (annual income of $160,000 or more and a liquid net worth of $3.2 million-plus) read for self-improvement, education, and success. Whereas poor people (annual income of $35,000 or less and a liquid net worth of $5,000 or less) read primarily to be entertained.

Successful people tend to choose educational books and publications over novels, tabloids, and magazines. And in particular they obsess over biographies and autobiographies of other successful people for guidance and inspiration.

There are many examples of successful people dropping out of school or foregoing a formal education, but it is clear that they never stop learning. And reading is a key part of their success.

If reading as a pathway to success isn’t enough to get you motivated, consider these health benefits of reading: Reading has been shown to help prevent stress, depression, and dementia, while enhancing confidence, empathy, decision-making, and overall life satisfaction.

Whether reading is already a way of life for you, or you’re just getting started, here are some book lists to consider:

  • 9 of Warren Buffett’s Favorite Books
  • 17 of Bill Gates’ Favorite Books
  • Books Extremely Successful People Read (From President Obama to Bill Clinton to Sheryl Sandberg)
  • 20 Books that the World’s most successful people read and recommend
  • 25 Must-Read Books for Success
And here are a few lists of 2016 must-reads:

  • 10 Must-Read Business Books for 2016 (Inc.)
  • 16 Must-Read Business Books for 2016 (Forbes)
  • 9 Business Books to Read in 2016 (Stanford)