Several years ago, Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones was given a copy of my first book, Every Day is Game Day. His reading of my book led to telephone conversations, which led to a friendship and finally to him inviting my son and me to visit him. He invited us to stay at his guesthouse and share some time with him in his office and private library. That time was, let’s just say, tremendous.

Charlie was indeed a special person. At the time we were with him, he was fighting a battle with cancer which caused him to have trouble speaking. Every word of every statement he made was a struggle; yet he persevered. He did it because he cared more about us than he did his own comfort. Of course we held on to every word he said as if it were a nugget of gold. He had touched lives all over the world but that day he touched ours. He was truly a Highly Productive Person!

One simple statement of wisdom he shared with us was something he had shared over and over with so many other people:

Charlie believed that reading is one of the most productive things you can do.

While we were visiting with him, Charlie introduced us to some of his favorite books and asked us to read a few sentences aloud. It was truly a life changing experience we shared with one of the most highly productive people who ever lived.

Some people tell me they don’t have time to read and my response to them is this, “You don’t have time not to read!”

In a previous article titled “10 Pages a Day” I suggested that if you read just 10 pages each day, over the course of a year you will have read 3,650 pages. That’s an average of 22 books every year. Imagine what you could accomplish using the knowledge gained by reading that many books. Imagine how much more productive you could be.

What are you reading today? How can it impact your life? Who will you be in five years because of the books you read and the people you meet?