“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Suess
Much to my chagrin, reading has never been a top priority of mine. In fact, for most of my life it has been a chore. Required reading in college was not only dreadfully boring but also seemingly never ending, and the occasional at-home read could never capture my attention like I wanted it to. However, I recently attended a leadership seminar and learned that the most successful businessmen and women in the world read an average of four to five books a month. Shortly after realizing how incredibly far behind I already was and currently still am, I set out on a mission to read just two books a month. I thought it would be difficult and that it would take away from moments I wasn’t willing to give up, but I actually found myself looking forward to my nightly routine of climbing into bed with a book. Instead of scrolling through social media and watching tv, I turn off the electronics and immerse myself entirely in the lives of the characters I adore so much. Thankfully, something that I once despised has now turned into something that I cherish, even more so that I get to share it with my family and friends.
When I found out that Corus360 partners with Everybody Wins! Atlanta to be a part of their Power Lunch mentor program, where adults read once a week one-on-one to a child in a local, title one, low-income elementary school, I desperately wanted to be involved. Showing up week after week to offer encouragement to the youth that need it the most while simultaneously transporting them to another world where they are free from their troubles, for even just a few minutes, is a type of happiness I was only recently lucky enough to find. If you have kids or grandkids, I encourage you to read to them on a daily basis. The memories you share will stay with them long after you are gone. If you have young siblings, I encourage you to bond with them through the magic of words. You may just find yourself unexpectedly interested in the same things they are. And, lastly, if you have an Everybody Wins! Program at your office, I encourage you to reach out and see if they have a Power Lunch or similar mentorship opportunity of their own. There are few activities that are as fulfilling and meaningful as making a difference, big or small, in a child’s life.