Recently we looked at this list of 15 things put together by John Rampton which may be holding you back from financial freedom.  The list is :

  • Living Above Your Means
  • Lack Of Determination
  • Neglecting your Health
  • Purchasing a Home
  • Relying on One Source Of Income
  • Wasting Valuable Time
  • Not Acting on Your Ideas
  • Not Reading
  • Fear and Negativity
  • Not Setting Goals
  • Avoiding Routine
  • Not Collecting Assets
  • Spending Time with Toxic People
  • Failing to Follow to Allocate your finances (70/30 rule)
  • Not Having A Mentor

Today we are going to look at the eighth - not reading...

It's probably at this point when my mother chokes on her morning tea - me advocating reading!  Having said that, it is what you are doing right now, and thank you.  In order to find material, conduct research and gather inspiration, we all have to read.  OK, it is not necessarily Chaucer, Dickens or Dante's Divine Comedy (which actually has many life and financial planning connotations) but the question begs - what are we reading for?

Do we read to please others (perhaps only when we are at school), or if not, we read to please ourselves, either for entertainment or education. Again, at that point, our thoughts race back to sitting down with a geography or history text book - these books were just not written to be engaging so it seems - after all, it's tough to make the formation of an ox-bow lake exciting! So by turning to inspirational text, relevant knowledge, we can then start to develop and understand more about ourselves and the world.

Above all, it seems that the manner in which we read is key - 'open minded reading' is advocated - that appreciation of the views and thoughts of the author.  It may come as a surprise to many, that not everything written down (no matter how it is written) is fact, but frequently an opinion.  Those opinions, thoughts and beliefs give us an insight into other areas of life, other viewpoints, and other approaches - some of which will work for us, some will not.

As the great American speaker Larry Wingett says, that what ever we read, as long as we are reading for INTENT not just CONTENT that is what matters - the intent of doing something with what we read.

A great approach from this is to find things which you are genuinely intrigued by - it doesn't have to be a book - just google the topic and see what comes up.  Your Facebook account when properly trained is a great source of relevant information, the more you like, the more you are shown.  If you like pictures of cats, click away, if you want interesting content delivered to you every day, then that is the way to click.

Which ever media you use, by open minded reading of what ever, there is a good chance that you will become of greater service and inspiration to others.

Together we can bring some Serenity to your life