PORT MORESBY – I believe that many people just don’t realise that reading is a path to success.
The world is replete with stories of how people have reached the zenith of their achievement and success only through reading.
Many self-made people who have become influential and affluent were voracious readers.
As movie producer Walt Disney affirmed, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
Reading is not only healthy exercise for the mind but it can also mine great knowledge and even wealth.
A bit of an internet search shows that Microsoft’s Bill Gates reads about 50 books a year. Billionaire investor Mark Cuban reads for three hours every day. South African billionaire technology entrepreneur is an avid reader (when asked how he learned to build rockets, he said, “I read books”).
Television celebrity Oprah Winfrey started a famous TV book club, saying, “Books were my passport to personal freedom”. President Obama said his secret to live with the pressures of the US presidency was to read great books. And Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg resolved in 2015 to read a book every two weeks (not so impressive but he’s a busy man).
If you think picking up a book and spending time reading is a waste of time…. think again!
One of the great tragedies of Papua New Guinea PNG is that many of us go to school and still end up illiterate.
I have observed this in my own life as I interact with peers. This article is also my challenge to PNG graduates to read and stay fresh because the true measure of people is the measure of their mind.
PNG’s greatest need of PNG is not more mines or tall buildings but well-educated minds. The nation’s destiny depends on how we unleash the potential of the mind.
I recently discovered that one of the common characteristics of most past American presidents was that they were readers. Oh how different PNG would be if all the young graduates would invest some time reading to sharpen their minds.
A nation blessed with great minds is a privileged nation. Papua New Guinea, let’s read!