I’m always intrigued by the statics about millionaires. I won’t lie – I think it will be great to be a millionaire one day. That’s what we’re saving toward. That’s why we live debt free – to have plenty of money to give away.
So, if there is some way that you want to be or a trait that you’d like to have, how should you go about getting that? Well, you look at others who have it of course! You won’t learn how to save money by asking someone up to their eyeballs in debt. You won’t learn how to run a marathon by asking a couch potato. You won’t learn how to swim by asking a rock.
When we want to learn how to live debt free and gain wealth, where do we look? To the traits of the wealthy. Now, that list doesn’t mean that everyone who does that will be millionaires – it simply means it’s a good way to get there! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…until it becomes stalking. But nevermind that.
- 86% of the wealthy love to read versus 26% of the poor.
- 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor
- 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor
Now, I’m no millionaire but I love to read. So that makes me feel like I might be on the road to success…or maybe it’s the road to the library. When I was in elementary school, I would check out one book every day, read it that night, and return it the next day for a new one. Not a dinky book – chapter books. I got so familiar in there that the librarian began letting me check my own items out. I also started reshelving books for her and doing inventory. So yeah. I’m a bookworm…or a nerd. Maybe both. Embrace it.
The current state of electronics
Now, you would think with all the Kindles hanging around and the electronic devices that are able to download books and such, that people would be reading a ton of books. Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh, well not so much. 41 percent of adults have not read a fiction book in the past year; 42 percent have not read a nonfiction book (reference). Scary.
I think the problem is that people are knee deep in social media and the internet. They’re so stuck in it, they can’t crawl out and into a book. Get off the phone and read a book, for Pete’s sake! And I’m preaching to myself. A lot of times when I sit down to feed Eli, I reach for my phone to check Instagram instead of reaching for a book. But, I’m trying to do better – it’s not a struggle for me since I love to read so much.
How I’m improving my reading for 2015
Now, I realize I should have done this post already…say back in January for instance. But hey – better late than never. I just now realized I hate that statement. Better late than never? Uh no. Trying to catch a bus? Late = never gonna catch the bus. Let’s all agree to stop using that phrase. Amen.
I’m doing the 2015 Reading Challenge from The Modern Mrs. Darcy with my bestie, Nikki. So far we are both really loving it. Since it’s April, we’re on our fourth book…yeah, I know my math skills just now floored you with their awesomeness. We are taking turns choosing the book each month and then we’re both reading it together and discussing it. It’s SO much fun – for bookworms or tvworms. Tvworms just sounds weird. Like some kind of disease. Let’s all agree not to say that either. Amen.
I’m going to put our list below so that you can see what I’m reading if you’re interested. If not, don’t scroll down and bore yourself. 😉 I’m challenging all of you to get on this reading train too! It’s not too late. You’re only three books behind. Get some interesting books and you’ll demolish that in no time! I’d be tickled if you would join this reading challenge too. But no pressure. Okay, pressure. Do it.
2015 Reading Challenge with Modern Mrs. Darcy
January: A book you chose because of the cover – Bread and Wine
February: A book you’ve been meaning to read – Beyond Survival, A Guide to Abundant Life Homeschooling
March: A book Nikki’s MIL loves – The Paris Wife (Read with caution. It’s a book about Earnest Hemingway and he was not a Christian.)
April: A book Stacy’s mom loves – Love Comes Softly (This took the place of “book first published in a foreign language.)
May: A book “everyone” has read but you – Call the Midwife
June: A book by a favorite author – The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
July: A book published this year – Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives
August: A book recommended by someone with great taste – Orphan Train (a piece of our history)
September: A book in a genre you don’t typically read – 41: A Portrait of my Father (political biography)
October: A book you should have read in high school – The Hiding Place (ah-mazing)
November: A book from your childhood – To Kill a Mockingbird
December: A book that’s currently on the best seller list
**I will update this book as the year goes on**