How does being a Good Reader Prepare a Person for Success?
To become successful, it is important to develop skills that would lead to rational decision making. One such skill is the skill of reading. Reading the contents from different authors and diverse perspectives help the readers develop the required skills. Reading is highly recommended for the teenagers and young adults who are developing their personalities for future professions and lives. However, it is important that they are reading apart from their academic content. Their reading routines must include diversity and variations which have become even easier in ties of technology as the availability and access to high-quality books and contents have become simpler and inexpensive (Wilde & Glushko 1). Therefore, it is highly recommended that to become successful one must make diverse reading materials a habit to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills.
A good reader develops the competencies for being more successful as reading helps him learn life lessons from experiences, observations and recommendations of successful, critical thinking and accomplished people. Authors of credible and high-quality books, articles, journals and even blogs are the critical thinkers who have skills of observation and analysis (Massey 20). Reading their ideas, concepts, philosophies, and observations can help the readers establish skills such as critical thinking, logical and rational thinking, ethical considerations, etc. These skills are essential for making rational and reasonable decisions that help them achieve ultimate success in life (Jackson & Coltheart).
However, it is important to ensure that the reader must carefully choose his reading material. It is not necessary that the reader must agree with the content of the reading material. The quality and the depth of the reading material, even if it presents and opposite argument, helps the reader critically evaluate and analyze it (Sparks, Patton & Murdoch 189). Such counter-arguments help the readers to develop skills for presenting a rational and persuasive argument that is logical as well as rational. It is this rationality and critical thinking that makes a reader successful and accomplished in life (Bryant 1).
Improvement in reading routine and practices help enhance psychological and personal development. According to Bryant (2016) ensuring positive and constructive “perceptions concerning reading instruction may inform others … as well as policy makers on professional development and practices that could lead to real and sustainable change” (1).
Moreover, reading practices in the schools and academic arrangements can further accelerate the ability of the students to evaluate, analyze and make rational decisions. It is this rationality and critical thinking that makes a reader successful and accomplished in life (Bryant 1).
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