Why You Should Build Your Library

What did all these people have in common?

Albert Einstein
Albert Schweitzer
Thomas Jefferson
Marcus Aurelius
Galileo Galilei
Andrew Carnegie
Theodore Roosevelt
George Washington
John Kennedy
Maya Angelou
Marie Curie
Henry Ford
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Oprah Winfrey

They have two things in common. They achieved a remarkable level of personal success and often against serious adversity and they each built a personal library.

In fact nearly every person serious about improving themselves and achieving success in some form are avid readers.
In fact a recent newspaper article reported that the top CEO’s read on average six books a month. That is more than a book a week. These are men and women who work anywhere from 50-80 hours a week, yet they still make time to read more than a book a week. That is over 70 books a year.

How many books does the average employee of those CEO’s read? The sad answer is that they read one book. Actually they buy one book and most of them never finish it. The average CEO in the US earns at least 600 times more than the average employee of that CEO. What do the CEO’s know that the typical employee does not know?

Here is what the CEO’s know and what any person bent on learning and expanding their abilities knows. It is what successful people everywhere know. It is what business leaders, political leaders, financial leaders, and all types of leaders know – if you want to succeed and make a mark in this world you need to expand your knowledge. You need to engage in some program of continuous learning. The more you learn the more you know. The more you know the more valuable you are to the market place. The more valuable you are the more you can earn.

Knowledge translates into earnings – it is that simple. And knowledgeable people are more likely to know how to invest and keep their money and make it grow, assuming they read the right books and gain the right knowledge.

The cheapest and easiest way to keep learning is to read books. You can and should certainly borrow books from your local library. However you also need to have your own collection of the best books you can afford. You should decide you can afford every book that will advance your position in your business or field.

The rich and the successful all have libraries. Every mansion and large house in the US has a large library. Those books are not just for looks. Those books are for knowledge. Those books are stepping stones used by successful people to help them attain what they want.

Jim Rohn, the business philosopher, has long advised people as one of their first steps toward improving themselves to begin to build their personal library. You can certainly buy tapes and CDs and DVDs and other media – but nothing really replaces books. You need books to study and to go back to. Books contain a wealth of knowledge.

Start building your success and your knowledge today – start your library today. You can start small – you can start with a single book – but start, and keep building your library.

Six Tips to Organizing Your Home Office Or Library

One of the greatest additions in your home today is a home office or library. It is a place to do your office work as well as a convenient and conducive place for your kids to study and do their homework.

Modern houses are more useful and wonderful assets and additions in your home could definitely improve its market value. Therefore, it is very important to consider a home office or library to further get the most of your real estate investment.

Nevertheless, because of the many uses of a home office, there are times that it becomes disorderly and untidy. Thus, it is necessary to upkeep your home office or library. Maintaining your home office does not only contribute to the aesthetic value of your home but also allows you to work more effectively. Disarrays and clutters in the room will naturally deter you from focusing on your work, which could result to more delays and mistakes.

The following are great tips to keep your home office or library organized:

1. Segregate your things properly and a thorough cleaning should be done before segregating. For example, if you have books, you could put them in a box or shelf while making certain that you segregate them according to topics or genre.

2. Maintain your books with good library habits such as keeping the sunlight off your books, dusting them and preventing strong odors such as smoke around your books. Basic maintenance helps keep your books looking and smelling new for a long time.

3. Check out the other items and define the workspace. You should also eliminate distractions and make sure to maintain order in your home office or library.

4. Consider how many persons are going to use the room and how often they are going to use it. If you have little children, it is preferable to allot a special work area for them like tables, chairs, and their own storage. This saves you time in finding your own things among theirs. Make it a point to place a single computer in a common area where everyone can have free access.

5. Keep the room in order by making sure that you return items in their respective places after you use them. Remove trash immediately to stop them from mounting up.

6. Make sure that you maintain its systematic condition not just for days but also for good. This means you should regularly organize and remove clutter, clean the room all the time and keep everything in order. This is to ascertain that you will not go through the whole mess and disorder again later on.

These are actually hassle-free ways on keeping your home office or library organized. All you have to do is to allocate a little of your time and dedication to keep order in the room in the days to come.

When you have your home office or library organized, you can then proceed to organize your work schedule too so you can comfortably work at home.

The Online Library Is Taking a Step Further in Educating the World

Using an online library has numerous advantages over the conventional library. In order to use a conventional library, book lovers have to physically go there at a specific time and search for the books needed. If a book has already been borrowed by another person for reading and extra copies are not available a user is compelled to choose another book or go home empty handed. In a normal library a person can only borrow a book for a set amount of time: borrowed books have to be read quickly. All the problems mentioned above have been solved by the online library. The online library has no physical restraints: you can borrow/read books from the comfort of your living room couch using your computer. In general you also do not have the issue of digital copies of a book running out. In addition to the afore-mentioned, searching through/for a book is as easy as can be using the online library.

With the click of a mouse button the digital book is in front of the reader to devour. Also comparative analysis between digital versions and paperback versions of the same book has shown that digital books are generally cheaper than their paperback brethren. The most important advantage that an online library has over a conventional library is that the conventional library is generally restricted to certain locales, and in places where no conventional library is present people are deprived of precious knowledge. The online library does not have the afore-mentioned problem: online libraries can generally be accessed from anywhere in the world where computers and internet is available. In addition to the preceding cons associated with using a traditional library, there are also substantial costs associated with maintaining the physical buildings/artefacts associated with a conventional library. Also, in villages that abound in third world countries, conventional libraries are rare and the furtherance of education through the use of the conventional library is impossible. Online libraries are pervasive across the internet and are generally cheaper to maintain or use in comparison to the conventional library.

A Social library is basically an online library with a social component. The social library has further enhanced the importance of online libraries. The social library’s connection with social sites has given a new user experience to the avid book lover. Sharing a book and also sharing thoughts about a book has become easier. The trouble with sharing a paperback edition with a friend living far away is not only time consuming but also tiresome. With social libraries, sharing a book with a friend/colleague half way around the world is as easy as clicking on one mouse button. Eric Fromm was famously quoted as saying “Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?” The Social Library is the answer to Eric’s question!