Ever heard of Zig Ziglar? He’s one of the most well known motivational speakers. Maybe you’ve read one of his most popular books, See You At The Top or have had the opportunity of attending one of his seminars.
If you had the chance to meet with Zig Ziglar every week in a small group, would you make it a priority?
Well that’s exactly what I took the privilege of doing. Before Zig passed, every Monday morning I would go to Zig’s office for devotions. When a friend of mine invited me, it took me only a second to accept. Like I’ve got something better to do on Monday morning than to sit with Zig Ziglar and a small group of like minded people and be inspired.
As you can imagine, Zig Ziglar was never at a loss for words. I mean that’s been his life. Regardless of his age, his main goal was to inspire and change peoples lives.
There are two things that I have learned about success in life. Whether it’s in your business or personal growth for daily living.
1. Surround yourself with the type of people you want to be like.
2. Learn to do what they have done that has created success.
What Zig Ziglar did every day
Zig Ziglar was a busy man, so I was shocked when he told us about the one thing he did ever day.
“I read three hours every day.”
I thought, are you kidding me! I can’t read for three hours. When I really started thinking about it, I realized it didn’t have to be a consecutive three hours. As long as I was dedicated to reading throughout the day then I could do it.
Here’s a few tips to consider for getting in your three hours of reading a day.
- Unplug the TV. It’s a huge waste of time. According to Statistic Brain, the average person watches 5:11 hours of TV a week.
- Audio books. Obviously you can’t mark them up or bend the page corners to save your place, but audio books are a great way to pass the time in the car or even around home.
- Have a plan or goal in mind for what you want to read and identify the Why for it.
- Make a reading schedule. At first it may be difficult to discipline yourself to read, so creating a schedule of reading times can help.
- We all have the same 24 hrs in a day. Start to keep track of everything you do in a day and you’ll be amazed at the things you can cut out that will give you more time to read.
I heard Zig Ziglar say this many times.
“If I can’t teach it then I don’t read it.”
Is reading three hours a day possible for you? Got any tips for reading three hours a day? Leave your comment below.