For two years...
After I graduated, I stopped reading, I stopped holding myself accountable to learn. I stopped caring. I was making more money than I'd ever seen in my life at one time, I had more going for me than I'd ever experienced and I didn't even bother reading fiction books to keep myself comfortable. I started reading a handful of books that I'd always wanted to read but somehow they never got finished.
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read. - Charlie "Tremendous" Jones
In Spring of 2014, I started to care a bit more. I went through a sales training course, read a few more educational/personal growth books, and started working with a coach. Now I got the real jump-start I needed and I turned around quickly. The life I'd been living, that had at one time given me all the freedom and funds I wanted had turned into substantially less over the years, and I felt the squeeze to make a change.
Then in April of 2015 I read six books in one month, all business building/growth books, and was blown away at how much it changed my outlook on the world and how it looked at and structured my business. I consider a business coach and surrounding myself with others to keep myself focused on learning a key to success. When I launched my book club last year, it was with the intent to provide a low-cost way for everyone to get access to accountability to learning each month.
Why is this such a hot topic for me? Because I personally saw how much it transformed my life and because I see again and again how important the value of education is to expanding viewpoints, increasing networth, and I can’t stress it enough.