The most important thing that comes from reading is learning to navigate difficult things or times.
That is why a lot of people read before making a career transition- the path ahead is murky, mysterious, and scary as hell. So people read to help ease their transition.
How about when starting something new? It is much more uncommon. People would more than likely walk into something fresh-faced and eager as hell, but woefully unprepared. They might be willing to learn but would have done zero work prior to showing up. This small difference separates the best from the rest.
Starting new things is not easy and it may be more difficult to open up your mind to the idea of reading ahead or preparing before beginning. The difference is in the details, it is a slight edge. [Read more…]