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A Good Book is Like an Old Friend

How one book changed the way I live my life

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“Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us, never cease to instruct, never cloy.” — Charlie Lovett

A good book has the potential to change your life, not just once but many times over.

My love for reading began when I was a child, I didn’t have many friends so reading was my way to escape my mundane reality, it was a portal into new worlds and it peaked my imagination more than TV or my tired old toys ever could. I found solace in knowing that no matter what, I could turn to my good old harry potter books, travel to Hogwarts and leave all my 10 year old troubles behind.

As I grew older and more rebellious, this love for reading slowly fell into the background and by the time I was a full fledged teenager I completely lost touch with my collection of books and turned to staying out late and getting into trouble with my new found friends. Life was good and I didn’t look back once. Harry potter was for nerds and I definitely wasn’t one of those!

A couple of years passed and I found a book lying on the floor at a train station. It was stepped on and looked like it was falling apart but nonetheless I picked it up and read the title: “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Stephen Covey. I took it home read a couple of pages, got bored and left it by my bed.

Little did I know this was my first interaction with the book that would eventually change my life, it was my red pill.

Have you ever met someone that you didn’t like much, someone who’s presence annoyed you but you kept getting drawn in to them? It could be a colleague, a friend of a friend or just someone you see on your way to work.

One interaction has the potential to change your opinion completely. That person could become one of your closest friends. The same is true for books.

One night I couldn’t get to sleep, I had left my phone on the other side of the room and the only thing I could reach to entertain myself was this exact book. I turned to a random page and started reading. I couldn’t stop! I read about paradigm shifts, and how our thoughts create our reality along with different techniques like the circle of influence and I ended up reading the whole thing in one night.

I changed the way I thought, I started reading more books, like Think and Grow Rich, the 50th Law and the 48 laws of power. I was hooked! I became an avid reader overnight. None of those books changed my life, that way that The 7 Habits did but it was like I had a group of mentors, friends and leaders all beside my bed when I went to sleep. They taught me how to think act and feel like I was worthy of becoming a millionaire.

I learnt something through this period of my life. Every time I had a problem I could pick up one of these books and find a solution. Even the books I had read over and over again, had something new to say depending on what I was currently going through. It was like having a selection of friends that I could turn to. Some of them stayed for the long run, some of them were slowly forgotten and others were staples in my daily routine.

Just like people, books can be long term companions or they can keep you company just for a day. They can make you look at yourself in a totally different way or they can show you the problems with other people in your life. They can give you bad advice along with good advice and eventually change the way you live your life.

There’s no such thing as someone who doesn’t like reading, the reality is that they just haven't found the right book. Life is strange but yet perfectly set out, so if you see a book that catches your attention, like a new friend it could be the start of a beautiful new relationship, or a means to change your life.

A book can be a portal to a new world, with new friends and experiences, or a new mentor who can coach you through life’s ups and downs. Either way, you’ll never know until you pick it up and start reading. It may not be the right book for you at the time you pick it up, but it may just have the potential to be your new best friend in the future.

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