Importance of Personal Development: Reading
One of the core values at Mark Spain Real Estate is to constantly grow and improve. We are relentless in the pursuit of self-improvement because our team strives to perform at the highest level possible. One key factor involved in personal development is reading. We encourage our agents to read at least 10 new books a year. If you are wanting to stride confidently down the path of self-improvement, check out our recommendations!
The Value of Reading
The brain is a muscle and like every other muscle in the body, it requires stimulation. According to a study completed by Rush University Medical Center; cognitive activities keep your brain fit and help fight off diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Reading frequently is a key factor in keeping your mind strong and healthy.
An improvement in conversational skills is also a noted benefit of reading. Because reading increases your vernacular and knowledge, you are able to more clearly articulate what you are trying to convey. In addition to an expansion in vocabulary and knowledge, reading also helps with reducing stress levels. Allowing yourself to be momentarily distracted by an engaging piece eases the burden of daily pressures and responsibilities. With just a short chapter at a time, you’re able to unwind and re-engage the next day with renewed focus.
The average person will divide 5 minutes between working on a task, checking an email, chatting with other people and monitoring their smartphone. Reading each day improves memory function and focus. By setting as little as 15-20 minutes aside to concentrate on reading, you find yourself much more focused and productive.
Our Recommended List
Mark Spain Real Estate knows that Jim Rohn’s quote is entirely accurate. Through constant growth and self-improvement, we are able to reach unimaginable heights and serve countless families. One strategy to implement for your own growth is reading at least one book a month. We recommend several excellent books that help with growth and improvement.
- The One Thing – Gary Keller
- The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
- The CEO Next Door – Elena Bothelo
- Awaken the Giant Within – Tony Robbins
- Own Your Day, Own Your Life – Aubrey Marcus
- Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson
Whether you are striving for more quiet time, better retention or even improved focus; reading is an excellent place to start. Personal development starts with just the simple action of ‘doing’. Grab a book and take the first step towards personal development!