"A person who won't read has NO advantage over one who can't read." observed Mark Twain in his typical style.
This statement remains an undisputed fact, down the years.
But now that there is so much information available everywhere, why do we need books?
And Readers make Leaders is a very cliched expression, especially to a sceptic non-reader.
Let's IMAGINE a world without books.
But how would you learn to read in the first place to access the information or entertainment that you seek? You say you are literate but don't enjoy reading. Then perhaps, your experiences, your ideas, your thoughts, your decision making, your vision might be a bit myopic and not enriched by the experience of others. We all have short lives of a few years that we fill with some experiences but what can stop us from gaining from the many hundreds of years of experience of others? All we have to do is READ what they have written.
That is why all leaders are readers.
Reading gives them access to experiences that are not their own, helping them to make better decisions, in the light of a different perspective. It also enables them to adopt a different approach to conflicts and problems, and promotes tolerance of views that are not their own.
In short, it makes them SMART leaders.
"To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries."
IMAGINE that you have a dull boring life (most of us define our lives in this way, so don’t fret!) and you are tired of the daily grind. You are bogged down with the happenings and; not happenings in your day to day life but dive into a book and soon you will fly on the wings of fantasy. You may even be inspired by stories of great accomplishments, of new ideas or just the recipe of a good meal. Just take your pick on what interests you.
IMAGINE your daily grind is missing from your everyday life. You don't have to imagine it because ITS HAPPENING NOW! You began to enjoy the LOCKDOWN (Read Spring Vacation), the respite, but after a few days, it was a nightmare. You are homebound with no friends, no social life and no trips to anywhere. If you thought your dog was your best friend, (he will only growl for his regular walks) think again. it's your book!
It is your only escape from the lonely life and will comfort, delight, instruct and guide you.
And who knows, you might actually use the time to research a topic you wanted to know more about or read about the life of your role model. Or even read about the mystery that surrounded a certain event so now is your time to figure it out and play Sherlock Holmes.
Did your dream destination remain just a dream? Here's a solution-
Visit the most exotic island in the Caribbean and for free! - Yours truly.
READ, READ, READ!
You will not only fly there in the pages of your book but you will stretch your imagination too! What's stopping you?
IMAGINE you have this amazing story to tell that will stir the world but you don't know how!
May I remind you that perhaps, you DID NOT read enough to understand by example, and develop a language powerful enough for self-expression.
Sigh! You are in danger of losing that fortune that could have been yours!
On a lighter note, someone once remarked,
"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
The bottom line is that it is worth remembering "The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page"
Start that journey now!
All the best!
Mrs. Ritu Kaushal
Headmistress, Junior Wing