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Better Man

30 Days to a better man

30 Days to a better man 2. Provides fodder for conversation. Some of the best conversations begin with the simple question, “Read any good books lately?” You don’t want your answer to be, “Uhhhhh, no. But dude, have you checked out Keyboard Cat?” By reading good books, you build yourself a storehouse of conversation topics that are engaging and interesting. 3. Improves concentration and focus. With the internet and its millions of mindless distractions, concentrating and focusing on a single task has become more and more difficult. If you feel like you’ve become particularly distraction prone, reading a book could be just the prescription you need. Unlike blog posts and magazine articles that can be read in a matter of minutes, reading a book requires extended periods of concentration and focus. You’re not surfing around, feeding your brain an endless supply of new stimulation. It’s just you and the text. If you set aside time to read a book every day, you’ll start to notice a strengthening of your attention span. 4. Increases creativity. A creative person doesn’t just create new ideas out of thin air. He takes already existing ideas and cross-pollinates them to create something entirely new. By exposing yourself to different ideas in the pages of books, you create a breeding ground in your mind for new ideas to grow. 5. Makes you a better man. Do you want to be a better man? Then read the biographies of great men. The lives of great men contain numerous lessons that are just as applicable to us today. I feel I’ve gotten more out of reading a biography of a hero of mine than I have with any so-called self-improvement book. With a biography, you can see concrete principles of manliness in action instead of just reading abstract advice. If you’re looking for a biography that will really inspire, I suggest The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. (Big surprise, huh?) 6. Broadens your perspective. No matter how far and wide you travel and how many interesting people you meet, you can never have the 174

Brett and Kate McKay breadth of experiences contained within the world’s great books. Through reading, you can experience what’s it’s like to grow up fatherless, sail along with barbarous pirates, fly a plane in World War II, and climb Mt. Everest, all without leaving your armchair. Books help you gain greater insight and empathy than could be mined from your personal life alone. Today’s Task: Start a Book Start a book. Any book. Pick one of your favorite novels from high school or college. Choose a book that you’ve been forever meaning to read and have been continually putting off. Pick a book from the Essential Men’s Library, or our list of great fictional adventure books, and go to the library to check it out. Once you’ve selected your book, we’re going harness our inner third grader and D.E.A.R. it up. You know, Drop Everything And Read. Read for at least 30 minutes today. Your brain and soul will thank you later. Before you do that, be sure to read our article on “How to Read a Book.” Think you knew? Think again! Book I Have Decided to Read: Title: _______________________________________________ Author: _____________________________________________ 175

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