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It’s better to know where the local bookstore is than not have a clue where it is.

It’s even better to go in and browse.

To improve on that you could buy a book.

Better still, you could take the book off your bookshelf when you get home.

Even better, you could read the first chapter.

Then you could finish reading the entire book.

To take it to the next level, you could take notes in the margins and highlight your favourite quotes.

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We live in a culture of bigger televisions and smaller libraries.

We spend more time immersed in shows and less immersed in reading.

We spend more time staring blankly at a screen and less staring intently at the words of a great book.

Is anyone else concerned about this?

Have we just given up on learning?

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For my recent 40th birthday, my beautiful wife bought me an Amazon Kindle.

For those who don’t know, a Kindle is an ebook reader.  It’s part of a range of electronic devices that are rapidly replacing old-school books.

I was first introduced to this device by my boss, Brenda, who has been an advocate for them ever since she got hers a few months ago.

Intrigued, and not sure what else to get for my birthday, I researched the numerous ebook readers on the market and decided upon the Kindle.

A couple of weeks later and I’m rapt with my decision.

Here are 10 reasons why:

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Childrens' books

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As parents of three young children, we are keen to get our children’s education off to a good start by assisting them with their reading.

I’ve written on a few occasions about the value of reading if we want to continue to develop ourselves and would love to be able to pass on this value to my children so that they can be well prepared, not only for their education, but for their long-term future beyond school.

Whilst I certainly don’t claim to be an expert in this area, there are a few things that we have learned that we try to put into action to assist our children to become not only competent readers, but lovers of books.

We’re not there yet by any means, but here are a few tips that I have learned so far.

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In this Knowledge Age that we live in, our ideas and intellect are worth much more than they were 10-20 years ago. 

As such, it is crucial that we try to maintain a sharp mind so that we can effectively solve complex problems, maintain optimism in the midst of challenging circumstances and communicate messages that are clear and insightful.

In considering this challenge, I have come up with 6 tips that I try to use to keep my mind focused and my thinking clear. 

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In today’s Knowledge Age, there’s no getting away from this reality.  If you are aspiring to be a genuinely effective leader in this day and age, you need to make sure that you are continuing to expand your intellect through reading.

The most common excuse for not reading more is that there just isn’t enough time.  I know because it’s an excuse that I’ve used myself on many occasions.  However, the more that I read, the more that I realise how much time I’m wasting on other things that are much less important.

What are some simple ways to get started on improving your leadership through reading?

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I once heard someone say that “the difference between who you are now and you will be in 2 years time is dependant on the books you read and the people you hang out with.”

So how can you use this thought to enhance your future?

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