A dear friend of mine asked me this question, “why do you read so much”? He believes reading is consumption. I agree, to an extent. Whether reading is consumption or learning is dependent on the content and the object of the reader itself. Instead of consumption, he wants me to focus on output. I agree with this as well. This blog should serve a channel of output.
At the time, I am unable to explain to him why I read so much. When it comes to lightning quick responses, I lag. When I hear a deep-rooted question, I always wonder first. I take the time to analyse what my close friends are trying to tell me. My friends are my feedback loop; the goal is to understand their feedback and examine; not just present an immediate response.
My original answer was – I like to read; it’s my hobby. The answer did little to change his feedback.
Fast-forward a couple of months and now I have a deeper understanding of why I read. I read mostly books, blogs and a couple of weekly magazines. The topic involves marketing, technology, investing and any topic that feeds my curiosity and allows to fill an existing gap. I like to have a decent understanding on almost anything.
My objective to read is to get a broader sense of the world around me. Reading also helps me to reason and question my perspective about the world. Are my beliefs built on a sound foundation? Do I need to change my perspective? Am I informed?
I don’t let confirmation bias take precedence over what is the ground reality. Reading allows me to stay informed and also help with my loosely held strong beliefs.