You make reading, a pleasurable and rewarding pastime for most, sound like a chore.
Rev. Fred Denial
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Reading Isn’t A Chore or “Something to Do”

It’s a Necessity.

Why Do We Read?

It’s not about making it a chore. It’s about setting a goal to develop yourself by making the results meaningful and accountable to you.

I love to read like I love to write. But without my daily goal of “reading 20 pages” or “writing 1000 words” I easily lose the motivation to do either.

Would you say I don’t love to write, then?

No. As this quote by Dorothy Parker reminds me of how I often feel, “I hate writing, I love having written.”

That doesn’t mean it’s a chore for me. That means sometimes feeling like I have to do it makes it a chore. But after I actually sit down and do it I feel so much better.

Writing takes me to my happy place. It’s my “one thing.” And reading helps me reconnect with that feeling and learn about other’s experience with it and learn new things.

I also love to read. I’ve read 78 books this year.

But that doesn’t mean I made reading a chore. I just made it a goal.

Subtle difference there, but it’s true.

Hey, if you don’t agree, that’s fine. In the end it’s crucial to set a goal that works for you. In this case, reading 100 books in a year is a huge goal for many and it motivates people to reach higher than they ever thought possible.

And setting a goal for anything is worthy, wouldn’t you say?


Some work with no goal, others function better with high goals and others do best with low goals.

It’s about tricking yourself to do the work. It’s about leaping over the monkey mind and doing the work to become better.

And reading helps us do that, to be better and smarter and more capable one page at a time.

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