A love for reading was cultivated in me as a child yet it was a love that dwindled big time during my secondary school years. I just stopped reading.
When I started to return to reading it was very much at first in an academic sense and mate, that muscle had to be strengthened. I found it really really difficult, daunting in fact to read, even just a page of a book. I couldn’t do it, not literally, but just really had trouble at first concentrating on what I was been ‘forced’ to read.
A real love for reading only really returned and was re-discovered as I broke out of prescribed readings and into fields and books and authors and subjects in an intriguing and iterative way.
Mate, I read and read and read and absolutely loved it.
Here is what Campbell said about reading…
“Sit in a room and read – and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time. This realization of life can be a constant realization in your living. When you find an author who really grabs you, read everything they have done…”
I did that. I totally immersed myself in my own reading list and relished it and rekindled a love for reading over many many years.
Nobody told me which books to read. It was an intuitive and iterative process based on my inclinations.
Coming out of that deep reading process lead to coining a new definition of a student and writing about it which in case you have not read it by now (and that’s cool if you haven’t!) it’s this.
A student is ‘an individual who defines, discovers and develops their own potential.’
What helped me to arrive at this definition was the massive amounts of reading that I did from a reading list of my own choosing.
The second conclusion I came to with regards becoming a student of potential is this:
‘There are simply some subjects that you must define, discover and develop for yourself.’
Anything you’d love to read?
If you’re in it, get past twitter pace reading.
There is more depth in a book then any twitter feed alone can offer.