By Georgia Lohan
We love talking about reading at Rafael the Unicorn. I believe wholeheartedly that reading is so important for children. It helps them build their creativity, identify with their emotions, learn social skills, and it breeds success. If you think I’m giving too much credit to reading, think again.
Research shows that reading is a major part of success
Thomas Corley, the bestselling author of Rich Habits, spent five years researching the habits of both the rich and poor. His findings showed that reading was a significant factor between the two. For example, “86% of the wealthy loved reading vs. 26% for the poor”. It was also found in his research that over 85% of the wealthy spent at least 30 minutes reading each day compared to only 2% of the poor.
Here are a few reasons why reading can lead to success:
You develop focus
It takes focus to read through a book. If you are always jumping from one activity to another and don’t learn to sit and stay focused you will never finish a book. This is a skill that directly applies to success. You can’t be successful if you lack focus in getting your work done.
You learn to set and achieve goals
People don’t usually feel like they are setting goals when they read, but it’s exactly what they are doing. Many people either have a certain number of pages they are trying to read or they are reading for a set amount of time. The most successful people are goal setters that set clear goals and then work hard on achieving those goals.
They can think outside of the box
People that read often, and those that read a variety of topics, are able to think outside of the box. Their world has been expanded outside of what they would normally be exposed to in their daily life. They are able to learn about new ideas and different ways of doing things. This helps people to succeed by teaching them different ways to look at situations.
They are skilled at writing and speaking
People that read often tend to have a larger vocabulary. This allows them to be stronger writers and speakers. Improved communication helps people to build good relationships and can be used to create a network to further their career.
They are informed and educated
Successful people read books to learn. They aren’t simply reading for enjoyment. They are seeing what they can take away from the book and apply to their life. This is true even when they are reading fiction. They are always looking for life lessons that they can take away from the books that they are reading.
You learn how to process information better
The University of Toronto scholars conducted a study where they found that reading fictional literature helped to improve decision-making skills. Those that were readers had a better ability to process information and were more creative in their decisions.
Improve your child’s future
Do you want to help improve your child’s chance of success in the future? Start reading to them. Teach them the importance of reading each day. Allow them to read to you. And, as they get older encourage them to read a variety of books, including non-fiction.
When a doctor tells you that your child will be healthier if they eat a certain way or take a certain vitamin, wouldn’t you help them to do what the doctor said? Of course! You want your child to have a great future. Well, the same is true for reading. You can improve your child’s future success by teaching them to make reading a habit today.