After a few years, my accent was reduced, and I started to have a neutralized American accent. Guess what, I was playing lead in theater and even became the captain of my debate team in high school. To add to that, I was the literary magazine editor and editor-in-chief of our high school paper. Yes, I was class president too. I attribute my growth and development to reading, the past time that most Filipinos hate. But I tell you, if you really want to go far, you should learn to love reading.
Here are three benefits of reading:
- You become smarter. Yes, you really do. You improve your knowledge as you gain information. You become a critical thinker, and you will strengthen your analytical skills. Reading helps you to gain so many perspectives from different characters, including of course, the authors. You become a philosopher, a psychologist, and a thinker.
- You become a better communicator and better in English. Your vocabulary will expand, and your writing and speaking skills will definitely improve. You start to sound like the characters you read about. You start to speak like the authors you read. When you absorb all these stories, the information, these perspectives, these ideas, you can use them to strengthen your speech. And if you read books written in English, you definitely will become a better English speaker.
- You become more successful. When you become smarter and a better communicator, success naturally follows. A well-read person, combined with having a great-personality, can go very far in life in terms of career and business. People naturally gravitate to a well-spoken, intelligent individual, regardless of looks and social status.
So are you ready to pick up a book and start reading? Chances are, you are not.