My dear friend, actress and writer Miriam Crawford Grant, calls me a curator of information and knowledge. Although I don’t know how she came up with it, it has stuck and a few other folks have jumped on that bandwagon.
Believe it or not, I wasn’t always a reader. Yes! Wipe the shock off your face. My mother spent many years trying to make me a reader, but I just wasn't really interested. (This is where the parents of 'not so enthusiastic' readers take note that this may change somewhere down the line). Sure I would read what I had to, but I had no problem living on the side of minimalism when it came to reading.
So what changed? My desire to understand. My desire to help. My desire to share. My desire to grow. My desire to parent, teach, and live from a position of power.
When asked about the confidence that she brought when she walked in a room, Maya Angelou would say: "I'm bringing everything I ever knew [and all the stories I've read]—everything good, strong, kind and powerful. I bring it all with me into every situation..."
This to me is why we go out of our way to be curators of knowledge. We go out of our way to be readers, to be listeners and to be watchers. This is why we go out of our way to allow the knowledge that we take in to help us gain perspective at every turn and to be the best version of ourselves with every step we take.
So for those of you who want to be readers but don’t know where to find the time...I understand. In fact I 'overstand.' When I began an intentional journey to build my knowledge through being more of a reader, I had no idea where I was going to find the time. BUT, I pushed myself. AND...guess what...when you get intentional about making the time for your goals, you find just like is stated in my favorite book The Alchemist, " when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
So be intentional. Whether it is about the knowledge you want to gain or any new habits or goals that you want to take on. Take the time to make a plan to take intentional steps towards your success.
Here are my top 5 ways for busy people to introduce reading into their daily routines.