It’s not always possible to be the smartest person in the room.

But you can be the most prolific reader.

Smart is based on natural talent, but reading is based on effort.

You get to control that level of effort.

So let me encourage you today to read more.

To read widely.

To read authors you disagree with.

To challenge yourself.

To keep your mind stimulated.

To keep a book (or a kindle) in your bag at all times, just in case you have a few spare minutes.

And to put down your phone and remote control so that you can fill your head with meaningful content.