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I love to read. The love for reading was fostered in me by my mom and grandmother.
When I was a kid my lola would read me bedtime stories to put me to sleep. I wouldn’t go to sleep without my bedtime story. When I grew a little older, whenever our family would go to Cagayan de Oro City (which is 2 hours from my hometown), my mom would bring me to National Bookstore and buy me all the books I wanted. I would often get 10 books or more per trip. If my hometown had a decent bookstore, you’d probably find me there everyday. Growing up, National Bookstore to me was like the equivalent of a toy store to most kids. I loved books more than I loved dolls.
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald
I started with reading non-fiction books. Sweet Valley and Nancy Drew were among the first books I read. Then as I grew up, I began to explore the world of fiction literature. Now, I’m into reading biographies.
At first I started reading purely for enjoyment. I loved how I could get lost inside a story. It was like entering into another world where nothing was impossible, where anything could happen. Now I read for both enjoyment and growth.
The wisdom that you get from reading is priceless.
They say that in 5 years you become a sum total of the people you are with most of the time and the books that you read. Being a bookworm, I agree! My love for reading has shaped me so much as a person. I got to know a lot of remarkable people through the books I’ve read – Steve Jobs (his biography is a must-read!), Napoleon Hill, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, Brian Tracy, Albert Einstein, Ivanka Trump and Andrew Carnegie to name a few. I’ve gotten inside the heads of these amazing individuals by reading their books. I feel like I know them even though I haven’t met them yet.
“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.” – Abraham Lincoln
One of the books that influenced me the most was Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I first read it when I was in high school. It was my mom who encouraged me to start reading fiction. And since the book was a New York best-seller, we ended up getting it. I guess you could say it changed my life. That book inspired me to dream big. I never really gave much thought about the future but because of that book, I started to dream: I dreamt about traveling the world, becoming the CEO of my own company, and keeping my own work hours. Fast-forward 10 years later and those dreams have turned into reality. I am currently the CEO of Truly Wealthy Realty Corp., a real estate company I founded together with 3 other incredible women – Stef, Guia and Mitch; I travel abroad with my friends at least once a year and I have flexible working hours.
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney
Reading has taught me 3 things:
First, you can dream big and achieve it.
Second, you can learn from the experiences of other people. Experience may be the best teacher but you don’t really have time to experience everything yourself. You can learn through others by reading their story.
Third, we can never learn enough. It seems like the more I read and learn, the less I know. There is so much to learn. I know that no matter how much I read, I’ll never come to a point where I’ve learned enough. Everyday there’s a new discovery to be made, a different puzzle to solve, another mystery to unravel.
All of life is a story.
Your life is a story, as is mine. Each day we start another chapter. Every decision we make, affects the outcome of the story. Now the question is, what story are you writing with your life?
“Not all readers are leaders. But all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman
Go live a Truly Wealthy life!