A good friend of mine and I were talking the other day about how weird we are. We love to read and attend leadership conferences...we both love to learn and grow. In my case, I think it is because I know so little, that I need to catch up to everyone else!
We could not understand why others don't share this same passion. I believe that we are either moving forward (growing) or we are going backwards. Reading is one way that helps you to move forward or to learn and grow.
I read some startling statistics recently at Dan Poynter's site:
In 2002 57% of the US population read a book. See report.
One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Many people in the U.S. do not even graduate from high school.
58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
42% of college graduates never read another book.
80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57% of new books are not read to completion.
Most readers do not get past page 18 in a book they have purchased.
Pretty scary isn't it. So where are you in these statistics? Why don't you set your sites on making 2009 a year of learning!