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Reading Fuels the Mind

I started this year off with a goal to read at least a book a week. Well, that only lasted 3 weeks and then I fell off, until I recently read a quote that I could not stop reciting “The bigger you goals, the bigger you library should be” .

Later I went home and looked through my book collection and then asked myself, which of these books have I not read? When I was in elementary school, I didn’t really like to read a lot for entertainment, until I was introduced to Judy Blume books. “Tales of a fourth grade nothing”, “Superfudge”, “Blubber”and then there was, “ Are you there God? It’s me Margaret.” I think every 3rd, 4th and 5th grader was snickering about these books. However, what made them so good was that they were relatable for our age group at that time.

Well, I don’t have those books in my library in my home as an adult, however, to remember a book title, authors name, and details about the book, there must have been something about that book I needed to take with me. Today, you could probably find books written by authors like, Zig Zigler, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Hill Harper, Susan Taylor, Maya Angelou and Jim Collins just to name a few. You know what... I can name a few more; Tyrese Gibson, Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles, Shanti Das and Kenny Burns.

I read now for advice, motivation and yes of course entertainment. So when I saw that quote, it really had me thinking about my thoughts in my head and what I was feeding them. You really need to visualize your success and feed it, reading truly does fuel the mind. If you don’t know what that is, you can definitely discover it by reading more.

This even relates to social media. I have to admit all these different sites nowadays can drive one crazy but in today’s world it’s so relevant... really a must have for anyone in business. It’s really how you use it and apply it to your business goals. Follow what you want to feed your brain and post what you want to feed others.

I have a friend that swears social media is the devil. I must admit, I was very reluctant in joining until my former assistant set me up a Facebook page, I allowed her to run it. I will never forget getting hooked, all of a sudden, she was telling me about my life and my friends that were trying to contact me. I was amazed to hear from so many of my friends from all the way back to grade school up to college. I was locked in catching up with everyone. I thought it was super cool.

Then came twitter, I step into that world as well. This was more about the entertainment and business world I could see and interact with some of my former colleagues, clients and people I would like to do future business with and also what was hot and what was not. What I really like about twitter now is the motivational daily quotes.

Like I stated before, what you read feeds your mind. Instagram so far is my last stop- “pictures are worth a thousand words. I guess where I’m going with this is, social media is your technical vision board not only for your eyes but for others. What you post, re-post and share is what you want others to perceive of you and your brand and what you feel others should be aware of. Each social site has its own purpose, use it wisely.

What are you reading today to fuel your mind? Share your thoughts with me! I'd love to hear from you...

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