Welcome to a new month! This to you shall be a fulfilling month in Jesus name!

On October 23 I posted the article: Accumulate Matter! (Preparation-Key to Success 3). In response, one of my avid readers on this blog asked some questions which I feel are best addressed in another post like this. Here are my answers to the questions asked.

“How Do You Have Time To Read 2 Books Weekly?”
I’m not going to give a glib answer. While it’s true that we find time to do the things we consider important, the practicability of it is another issue. Today, with threthree kids, and working largely from a home office, finding time to read is not as easy for me as it used to be when I was a bachelor or without kids. For me, I’m a ‘bookworm’ or better a bibliophile, a practice dating back to almost twenty-five years, so making the shift was not much hard but I’ll share with you what I do today in the hope it’ll be a blessing to someone here:

(a) I wake up earlier, before the kids are up and stay up later at night when we’ve put them to bed. That gives me at least 30 minutes each of reading time making a daily total of an hour.

(b) My favorite reading spot in the house (wait for this!): I lock myself up in the restroom and there I can get up to 20 minutes at a go. It works for me, don’t know about you!

(c) I am always reading, like three to four books at any given period. Why I do this is because when I get bored with one, I pick up another.

(d) I fill up my spare moments with reading – like when I’m commuting on my daily business, even in the air, waiting at airports, on long-distance road trips. I can tell you quite a number of books, especially biographies that I have finished reading from cover-to-cover on some long-distance road trips.

(e) Another thing that helps me read this much is this: I preview my reading materials –books, articles, journals – before I delve into them fully. That way I know what the book has to offer me and where the juice is in the material. Since I have so much to read in so little time, this is precious wisdom.

“Does This Include Ebooks Downloaded?”
Of course, technology has changed everything. Only a cave-dweller (pardon my language) sticks stubbornly to the old and avoids the new. Books are books, digital or in print!

“Do You Just Read On Any Topic Or There Are Specialties?”
This is my advice: Always evaluate your reading in light of your goals. This is about asking the question, “What do I hope to learn from this that will help me achieve my goal in this particular area?” Even though I read generally any topic I find edifying, I must confess that as I have grown spiritually and as a leader I have become more discretionary in my reading.

For me right now, my areas of concentration in reading are: (1) Leadership, (2) Biographies, (3) Parenting, (4) Church Health & Growth, (5) National Development and (6) Personal Development & Spiritual Growth.

Like right about now, I’m reading: 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell; Launch – Starting A New Church From Scratch by Nelson Searcy & Kerrick Thomas; King Me – What Every Son Wants and Needs From His Father by Steve Farrar and Blink –The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcom Gladwell.

“Where Do You Get All The CDs You Talked About?”
I get my CDs from bookstores or order for them. If the subject matter is worthy of my time and attention or it is in area I am interested in or studying, I buy.

I do hope you’ve gained something from my own experience here? Let me hear yours. Share with others, let’s learn from you too. YOU WILL SUCCEED!


About Yomi Olufiade

My passion, dear friend, is to help you find, follow and fulfill God’s purpose for your life. Not only that, I also want to help you achieve tremendous success with your God-ideas and assignment through this medium via the life-changing truths of the Word of God. I’m sure you won’t remain the same again after interacting with me.

Posted on November 2, 2012, in Books & Reading, Choice, Desire, Discipline, Dreams, Excellence, Family, Goals, Ideas, Inspiration, Leadership, Life, Marriage, Mentoring, Mind, Ministry, Nation Building, Nigeria, Parenting, Personal Development, Preparation, Purpose, Quotes, Reading, Skills, Spiritual Growth, Success, Talent, Vision. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. A much shorter answer: You use books the way most people use facebook or their iPhone! People I know tend to check facebook first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. And any bus rider can see that people light up their phones every second they aren’t occupied. Doing that much reading isn’t a stretch! But you have to not be addicted to technology to do it. 🙂

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