Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

How Reading Becomes Bad

Between the hundreds of unread newsletters in your inbox and a never-ending stream of article and book recommendations from your friends, who has the time to catch up on all that reading?

Not many.

That’s why so many people are infatuated with speed reading. Because while the average college student can read at a rate of about 200 – 400 words per minute, a skilled speed reader can devour over 1,000 words per minute. Supposedly.

This obsession with reading is also fueled by the success stories of the rich. Billionaire Mark Cuban spends three hours a day inhaling books. This is still peanuts compared to Warren Buffet’s reading habits as an early investor, the current tenth richest man in the world used to read up to 1,000 pages a day.

Biographies, memoirs, self-help books, these people swallowed down books like they were Tic Tacs.

And now thousands of people are trying to do the same, without wondering if they should. 

The problem with excessive reading is that it eats away at your creative pursuits. You got the knowledge, but no time to use it.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, gorging on books is also likely to make your thinking lazy, just as a bike with training wheels makes kids think they’re good cyclists.

Read in moderation and always question what you’re taking in.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach