"If you get to restart and re-live your career, what is that one thing you regret not doing then and you would do this time?" Aahaana asked.
"There are two, and the first one would be reading a lot many more books," I said.
For the first ten years of my career, I read only one.
I used to think, just because I have attended a good B-school and I work with reputed brands, and I will learn everything it takes to grow.
I did; I learned a lot and grew, but functionally.
How about my growth as a person? How about becoming a better spouse, father, son, employee, manager, and a better leader? The various role we play in our life is all interlinked.
From finishing just one book in ten years to 36 in the next three years; this year I am chasing finishing 60.
Right now I am on 19, have to push myself harder :)
Here are two things to make it work:
Do not make reading a free time activity. Secondary activities never get done.
Start small, but start now. Begin with 10 Minutes today, and do it every day for the next 30 days at a scheduled time.
People spend three hours and 15 minutes on their phones every day. All they need is to repurpose 10 minutes from phone to reading books.