Reading will never be the same. With new access to our new mobile devices, our reading experience may be different with what it used to be.
With audio books, and eboooks, we consume more and more words, faster and faster.
We also have an opportunity to bring our own personalised experience to our own reading.
This is what writer Nathalie Moris called ‘ambient litterature’ the new way to read. Having the ambiance of our real life soaking, and interacting with our reading bring a fresh appeal to the narrative from the author.
Our mobile reading experience is touched, personalized, and individualized by where we are, the time, and the weather.
This whole combination makes reading a whole new experience.
Last Tuesday, I was speaking at a leadership meeting in Fort-Lauderdale, and I quoted best-selling author Malcom Gladwell, a New Yorker reporter, who published the book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
I am a great fan of Gladwell. I read most of his work. And I encourage you to do your own work by digging dipper yourself in his literature. As a community builder, I am sharing with you some of the thoughts I picked from Gladwell‘s book which I used in my speaking engagement last Tuesday.
The Tipping Point describes How ideas, products, messages, and behaviors can spread as fast as viruses do.
The very same way we can have a flu, measles, or HIV contagion, we can also create a positive contagious effect with a small group of people.
Everything can change all at once. This is like an epidemic. Gladwell coined the concept of “contagiousness”. This is what is called in mathematics a geometric progression.
A virus doubles , and doubles, and creates a huge effect, a tipping point, a sudden change.
The Tipping Point, Gladwell said, is the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point of any endeavor.
3 rules of Epidemics
Epidemics are a function of the people who transmit infectious agents, the infectious agent itself, and the environment in which the infectious agent is operating. When something happens in 1, 2, or 3 of these ares, an epidemic tips, Gladwell acknowledged.
1.- The Law of the Few (People)
2.- The Stickiness Factor (Infectous Fator)
3.- The Power of Context (Environment)
Gladwell taught an American history lesson to illustrate his point on #1 The Power of the Few.He named John Hancock, and Samuel Adams as the two original men who stood up against the British soldiers in the colony of Massachusetts. Their actions were followed by Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, and 56 other men who organized the First Continental Congress which led to the Declaration of Independence.
He also wrote about the courage of Paul Revere who spread the message for the community to wake up and be ready to fight for freedom. Paul revere spread this message thru word of mouth: the most important form of communication.
Gladwell questioned: “Why some ideas and trends and messages tip and others don’t?”
“The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts,” Gladwell said mentioning that these few people are around us. They are:
1.- Connectors. Those who develop the skill to know lost of people. They have a natural gift to make social connections. They develop curiosity, self-confidence, sociability, and energy. Connectors are in the habit of making introductions.They are the equivalent of a computer network hub. They are people who “link us up with the world…people with a special gift for bringing the world together”. They are “a handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack [… for] making friends and acquaintances”
2.- Mavens. Those who accumulate knowledge and want to tell you about what they know.They are avid readers, lecturers, teachers. They are “information specialists”, or “people we rely upon to connect us with new information”. They accumulate knowledge, and know how to share it with others. They want to solve other people’s problems, generally by solving their own”. As Malcolm Gladwell states, “Mavens are really information brokers, sharing and trading what they know”
3.- Salesmen. Those who master the art of communication and persuasion. Those who can spread an emotional contagion. They are “persuaders”, charismatic people with powerful negotiation skills. They tend to have an indefinable trait that goes beyond what they say, which makes others want to agree with them.
As I told my audience last Tuesday, I am glad to be part of Life Leadership Compensated Community, a premier leadership media and education company aiming at setting people free to live the life they’ve always wanted.
We have a message worth spreading which gives us the #2 Stickiness Factor. People are addictive to TV likes zombies which entice them, and seduce them to live in debt, Life Leadership is creating a new media addiction, by providing content and association to escape what best selling author and leadership guru, Orrin Woodward called the Financial Matrix.
Life Leadership has #3 The Power of Context. Context matters. Life Leadership CEO and best-selling author Chris Brady delivered a recent talk he names THE Shift of a Life Time. The environment today is ready for a new message of hope and truth to set people free.
It was 1:00 am, today, I, with some other friends, were leaving the woods of Immokalee, South West Florida. Under the cover of darkness, thru word of mouth, we were spreading the message of self-directed leadership education, entrepreneurship, inviting some families to join us in the underground railroad to escape the matrix. We are the new conductors like abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.
Here are some poignant quotes fro Harriet Tubman:
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My 15 year old just listened to a very interesting audio produced by best selling author Chris Brady and his spouse Terri Brady telling their experiences on developing kids who love to read. He was on Rascal Radio and here are some of his notes from this program.
Reading is one of the most important things to have success in life.
Reading is more than entertainment and pastime.
It’s required to be passionate about reading.
Become a student first before becoming an effective teacher.
Harry Truman, All leaders are not readers but all leaders must be readers. It’s a fact that most of the greatest leaders throughout history have been avid readers.
President Roosevelt was known to read one or two books a day.
Jimmy Buffet said of his mother,” reading is the key to everything.”
A good book contains more wealth than a good bank.
If you read a book a week for a year you’ll have read 52 books.
People who hope to influence what’s going on around them will develop a habit of reading good books.
Many times the reading of a book has made the future of a man.
The best book is the one that gets us off on a train of thought far away.
Readers are encouraged to make reading a regular part of their diet.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. –Mark Twain
Read to them even as babies
JUST READ. Always read. Reading is very rewarding.
Best-selling author Chris Brady just released a talk on the importance of reading to succeed in life. I am glad to share the content of his talk with you which is available through our Life Leadership program, a community of self-directed students on leadership, community building, and foundational issues of life such as: faith, family, finances, following, fitness, freedom, and fun.
Reading is the basic foundation to bring success, significance, and legacy. It’s the shortcut to excellence in knowledge economy. Books can be as nearly as important as oxygen, Brady said.
J W. Marriott, Chairman of Marriott International, said he started living when he found books. He manages by asking people, ‘ What do you think?…, a lesson he learned from President Eisenhower for whom, the four most important words in the English language are, ‘What do you think?
Marriott has a reading development program for its employees to help them teach themselves and be ready to think on their own two feet.
Abraham Lincoln, born in a one roomed cabin and his formal schooling added up to a year, was a voracious reader. He read and reread Aesop’s fable many times. He gave himself a first-rate college degree by reading. He understood that reading was the best tool of advancing in the world.
Harry Truman never attended college but said,” Not every reader is a leader, but every leader must be a reader.
Napoleon Bonaparte called people ¨fools” if they slept more than 3 hours at night because they could have been reading.
Teddy Roosevelt read at every type of condition.
Thomas Jefferson said if he has any money he buys book and if there is any left he will buy food.
Oprah Winfrey was only allowed one hour of TV per day by her grandmother.
How to read
Make reading a habit. Read many genres as once. Highlight, underline as you read. Make notations. Write in the margins. Argue with the author.
Outline, and Summarize the book. Read all the underlines and highlights. Keep your books organized for future references. Discuss them with others.
Where to read
EVERYWHERE. If we’re prepared, you can always redeem the time. Have your books everywhere to redeem the time. Always, carry a book with you.
When to read a book
ALWAYS. Every now and then set some time apart and read.Develop a habitual time to read. The habits in your life determines what your life is.
What to read
ONLY READ THE BEST THINGS. You don’t have to read a bad book.Only put good books in front of your eyes.
Choose wisely of what to read. Read wide, strong, and deep.The choice of books like that of friends is a serious duty. We are as responsible of what we read as what we do.
Andrew Carnegie said,” A man’s reading program should be as carefully planned as his daily diet.”
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As you read, so will you lead your life. Make it a good foundation so you can make it a great life.
Brady and his wife Terri have a Great Conversation on how to develop kids who love to read. This is a must listened audio available on RASCAL Radio. You can listen to this content and more now by having a Life Leadership Library subscription. Just leave me a comment below and I’ll help you get tuned and live the life you’ve always wanted.
I was in a speaking engagement recently in Atlanta, Georgia, at a Leadership Youth Forum hosted by the Hatian consulate on the theme: Be part of Haiti, remember our roots. I introduced my talk with the power of books, the power of reading, the power of self-leadership education on our way to freedom, wealth creation, and community building in Haiti, its diaspora and throughout the world.
I told my audience about a pioneer founding father of the Haitian revolution which led to independence named: Bookman.
Dutty Bookman was a self-educated slave born in Jamaica. He was later sold by his British master to a French plantation owner after he attempted to teach other Jamaican slaves to read. His French name came from his English nickname “Book Man.¨
In 1791, in a village called Bwa Kayiman, He conducted the first black leadership convention in America which included a religious ceremony in which a freedom covenant was affirmed. This leadership convention has been a catalyst to the slave uprising that marked the beginning of the Haitian revolution.
Boukman was not the first leader to attempt a slave uprising in Saint-Domingue. However, his organized mind, leadership attributes, posture, and fearsome temper made him an effective leader and helped spark the Haitian Revolution which will culminated later to independence through the leadership ability of self-educated Toussaint Louverture, and warrior Jean-Jacques Dessalines.
It started with a man’s decision to educate himself, spreading the power of books, and the power of reading. It started with a man with conviction, commitment to create the ¨land of the free¨ which will give hope to other blacks in America.
Frederick Douglass who escaped slavery to become a great orator wrote in his narrative of his life: The more I read the more I was led to abhor and detest my slavers. I can regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers. Who left their homes and went to Africa and took us from our homes and into a strange land and reduced us to slavery. I loathe as being the meanest and the wicked of men. As I writhed under it I sometimes felt learning to read was a curse rather than a blessing. It opened my eyes into a horrible pit, but with no ladder to get out. In moment of agony I envied my fellow slaves for agony.¨
We are living a new age where self-slavery. It’s up to us to chose how we invest or spend our time in entertainment for short term gain or self-directed leadership education for long-term gratification.
That’s why I like Life Leadership. It gives me an opportunity to be part of a community of self-educated leaders who take into their own hands their future. If in the times of slavery, books, and reading were an assault, today it’s an open flow to take advantage of , and we can get compensated for it. I like it.
Best-selling author Chris Brady just released a talk on the importance of reading to succeed. Reading is the basic foundation to bring success, significance, and legacy. That will be my next post.
Have a great day. Pick a good book. Read.
I’m part of a leadership development Team. For the last years, our TEAM has developped a program in which members receive a book a month and some audios on the best business and leadership seminars in the US.
My package for december arrived yesterday. And the book is “I dare you”, from William H. Danforth. A motivational classic one I read some years ago in French. Je vous défie. I reread this book with grand appetit. And I want to share with you some ideas I underline.
I always read with a pen. A good one. My books can not be resold. I underline, write all over.
In his forward, Danforth asks you and I to never give less than our best and to pursue an adventure, a great journey, a fullfilling dream on our life.
This book was written some 70 yaers ago and its content is more relevant now than ever. Just to say that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Truth never changes.
Life is a glorious adventure. And it is necessary to live agressively, to be pro-active than to live defensively, reacting to events.
This book is all about awaken our hidden giants and develop our untapped talents. We have four : physical, mental, social and spiritual. In that sense, you and I have a mind, a brain, a heart and a soul which are our living tools. The more we use them, the better they become. We use or lose them. The more we use our talents to help others, the more ability we develop.
Our most valuable possesions are those which can be shed without lesseinig; those which when shared multiply, he writes.
I was chatting with a friend yesterday, and she made a point that she feels pressured because she had to move her family to Florida while her husband is having a good job some other place. My comment was: There’s no such thing as a “good job”. She did not agree which I understand. But last night I read Danforth words: “The day of defending your present possessions is gone. From now on you are not going to worry about holding your job… Your eyes are turned toward your strengh, not your weakness…”.
Jamaican singer Bob Marley says it best:”When one door is closed, another one is opened”. But sometimes, we keep our eyes too much on the closed door that we can not see other ones being opened.
This is the same thing for the economy. Yesterday I wrote on my blog: “There’s no recession, there’s a paradigm shift… Those who want to learn the new rules and play the game will win and those who are just complaining and are waiting for a hand out will stay in the dust… It’s all about leadership”.
I thank my friends who like it. I also think those who prefer to e-mail me their disagreement. As I told one of them, we don’t need to agree. It’s all about the thinking process: If you think there’s a recession, you’right; and if you think there’s no recession you’re also right. The only difference is you can decide to be part of it and wait to be bailed out; or you can decide not to participate and create your own way out.
I choose the latter.
That’s why you and I need to have our own healthcare reform by taking care of our body : excercising, eating right. Let’s take care of our mind : reading and sharing. Let’s take care our heart : expressing love, care, attention. Let’s take care of our soul : reflecting, medidating.
Let me know what you think. Let’s share…