Benjamin Franklin on reading: "An investment in knowledge pays interest".

benjamin franklin readingAre you more of a Benjamin or a Jerry:

“From a Child I Was Fond of Reading” - Benjamin Franklin
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest" - Benjamin Franklin

George: I'm really going to do something with these three months.
Jerry: Like what?
George: I'm gonna read a book. From beginning to end. In that order.
Jerry: I've always wanted to do that...
From the Summer Of George - Seinfeld, May 15 1997

What are you reading?
The Wall Street Journal posted a story called "What The Rich Are Reading This Summer". Whether you are rich or not there are many benefits you can gain from reading. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, who loved to read, started out life as anything but rich.

At 17 years old he had run away from home to avoid becoming indentured to his older brother as a printer's apprentice. As he put it, "So I sold some of my books to raise a little money, was taken on board privately, and as we had a fair wind, in three days I found myself in New York, near 300 miles from home, a boy of but 17 without the least recommendation to, or knowledge of any person in the place, and with very little money in my pocket." Benjamin Franklin may have been 17 years old and homeless in New York, but as we all know he became a huge success and an integral part of our country's development, and he credits a life long commitment to reading and studying for much of that success.

So, what are you reading? lists these 8 ways reading makes your life better:
1. Enhanced Smarts
2. Reading reduces stress
3. Greater tranquility
4. Improved analytical thinking
5. Increased vocabulary
6. Improved memory
7. Improved writing skills
8. Helps prioritize goals

10 more reasons to read.
1. Reading is an active mental process.
2. Reading improves your vocabulary.
3. Gives you a glimpse into other cultures and places of the world.
4. Improves concentration and focus.
5. Builds self-esteem.
6. Improves memory.
7. Improves your discipline.
8. Improves creativity.
9. You always have something to talk about.
10. Reduces boredom.

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