19 Aug 12
When I first started this blog I had already accepted the fact it wouldn’t have explosive popularity and grow from one follower (my mom) to millions in a matter of months.
Why had I accepted this reality? Well it’s quite simple…my message isn’t sensational…there’s no soundtrack, no explosions and no A class actor doing backflips to dodge bullets.
In fact, my followers would actually have to read, comprehend and then reflect.
So…if there’s reading involved my audience has just been dramatically reduced.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) the percentage of adults who read literature declined from 56 percent to 47 percent from 1982 to 2002. This study was done 10 years ago before texting was normal and Facebook was invented. I doubt these numbers have rebounded since then, but for the sake of simplicity, let’s just assume 50% of all adults read literature.
Now, it’s one thing to read, but there is a completely different outcome to read and comprehend. The comprehension factor alone automatically cuts out another 75% of the world’s literate population. (Considering that statistic only 25% of all readers truly comprehend what they just read)
So…to be clear…only 50% of all adults read literature and only 25% of them truly understand what they read.
But…the job is not done yet, because true change and growth requires reflection.
Once you’ve read and comprehend…do you reflect?
I wonder how many people are now cut out of that 25%?
That leads me to my next question…
Once the remaining few reflect…how many people in this elite minority follow-up with ACTION after reflection and DO?
The reality here saddens me…but very few of the ‘few’ DO!
Instead the majority of us revel in a moment of motivation and inspiration that dissipates like morning dew, leaving us to quickly returning to the mundane routines we enslave ourselves too.
…not even realizing that the answer to our question lies within the question.
…and for a start ‘DO different’ would be to read, comprehend, reflect and then take ACTION and DO!
This is the formula that differentiates excellence from mediocrity and success from just persisting to exist.
That leaves only two more questions:
- Will you be a part of the masses of mediocrity?
- Will you be a part of the few that DO?
After all it really is up to you…
As for me…I will strive to be in the few that DO and I hope you will too!
Related link from Havard Business Review: For Those Who Want to Lead, Read