The Law of Attraction
I used to hate reading. I avoided reading like the plague for most of my early years, instead electing to watch movies and utilize Sparknotes for my school assignments. When fellow teachers and other people recommended I should even read for pleasure, I laughed. “That had to be a joke”, I thought. But, when one particular teacher suggested to read a book entitled “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, a spark of interest resonated. Who wouldn’t want to read a book that promised to make you wealthy? Little did I know that this book wouldn’t only get me into reading for pleasure, it would alter my entire life!
As I entered Barnes and Noble bookstore for the first time in my entire life, I felt completely out of my element. The aroma of freshly printed books filled my nose, and the quiet atmosphere was compiled of people reading intensively. Besides the faint sounds of the registers scanning and people on their laptops typing, silence filled the room. After taking in this new environment, I looked around and questioned: “I’m in a bookstore? What am I doing?” With my mind full of these foolish questions, I slowly proceeded towards the service desk. I was greeted by a middle aged woman with a warm smile. “Did you just call to reserve a book?” She asked. I hesitantly admitted yes, and to my convenience she had already put aside a copy for me. I quickly checked out, and officially purchased the first book of my life.
Upon arriving home, I was actually a little anxious to start the book. I made a promise to myself that I would at least read one chapter before discarding it in the trash. To my surprise, I actually read more than that. By day’s end, I was seven chapters in, and a new sensation entered my body. That sensation was me discovering I actually enjoyed what I had read! After I finished the book the next day, I was extremely motivated. I had a burning desire to continue reading because I was reading for knowledge and self-improvement, not for a pointless school assignment. For the next month, I went on a tangent by reading all of the renowned and famous self-help books I could get my hands on. Who would have thought one book could transfer me into a scholar? Reading actually started to become a vital part of my life, and I began to read the newspaper daily. I stopped shying away from the reading assignments in my classes, instead examining them closely for any new information I could utilize in my life. Essentially, I was receiving a combination of both formal education from my school and self-education from books.
Once I started to read daily, I began to notice significant improvements in multiple areas of my life. The first thing that really stood out to me was my newly advanced vocabulary. I was using words that I had not known before, and my conversation began to flow at ease. As people would talk to me, I would easily connect and identify with the concepts they were speaking about. The dedication to reading also made me a much more cultured person, because I read about many different ethnicities and religions. Whenever I met a person of certain racial distinction, I noticed my ability to establish great conversations simply because I had took the time to understand their traditions. Lastly, reading improved my writing tremendously. I believe that writing and reading go hand in hand, because while you read you learn to understand many different writing styles. As I started to read more and more texts, I adopted a lot of the same writing techniques that were used by authors. This turned me into an entertaining and versatile writer, because I had absorbed so many different ways of writing. The C’s on my English essays started to turn into A’s, and I knew all my success could be attributed to my reading.
Reading is the cornerstone to life and success. It is the most effective way to educate oneself, as it has so many advantages accompanied with virtually no drawbacks. I will continue to read as long as I am alive, because there is always something new to learn.
I used to hate reading, but now I can’t live without it. Without a doubt, the simple act of picking up “Think and Grow Rich” changed my life forever.