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A couple of years ago, I have learned—through one of those self-evaluation program—that my lexicon needs some improvement.  At first, I didn’t know where to start.  Candidly, I don’t think I even have an inkling what lexicon means.

At that time, my wife was already doing laps around me on the number of books she has read.  She incessantly reads before we go to sleep.  And I look around and I noticed my daughter is doing exactly the same thing, reading.

So, naturally I turned off the TV and put down the remote.  I went down to the basement to look for the first book I really fell in love with.  The book is How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer.  It’s about the different aspects of the brain that we use to decide in different situations.  Something clicked and I got hooked from that point on.

I started buying books; listening to audio ones; and listening to podcasts. But then later I realized, those books and audios are making a dent on our budget.  That’s when I started going to our local library.  I was like a kid in a candy store.  Those trips became a habit not only for me, but for the rest of the family.

I looked back at those moments;  and I reflected on it.

I resolved that for me to become a better person, I have to continue reading, invariably.   Reading is a means to an end.  We all have goals, some of them attainable short-term and some of them you can only think long.  My point is, for me to get to be where I want in the next decade, reading can help take me there.   I truly believe reading has made me a better leader and it will continue to guide me in the second half of my life.

Would you care to join me?

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