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Ngurah Parikesit
Ngurah Parikesit Mohon Tunggu... PhD Candidate Melbourne Law School, Dosen Fakultas Hukum Universitas Udayana

Dosen Fakultas Hukum Universitas Udayana, PhD Candidate Melbourne Law School, Australia



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Reading Books Today and Be a Leader Tomorrow

15 Agustus 2020   10:20 Diperbarui: 16 Agustus 2020   15:38 36 6 1 Mohon Tunggu...

Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?

It took me years to write, will you take a look?

It's based on a novel by a man named Lear,

And I need a job,

So I want to be a paperback writer.

Taken from"Paperback Writer," The Beatles.

Every cloud has a silver lining and there always be 'sunshine on a cloudy day' like the Temptations famously sang. Being a stay-at-home person make you are not productive? Is the global pandemic destroying your dreams and your hard work? Books can save your life, and you are 'thriving not just surviving' by then in this challenging time. Really? Are you thinking what I'm thinking B1? This is why you should be thinking about what I'm thinking B2.

Reading books is a part of learning. Why we must learn? I was inspired by Confucious who famously wrote that learning was like rowing against the current, as soon as you stop, you were swept back. Have you ever heard the old proverb that a little learning was a dangerous thing? When somebody is bombarding you with his/her opinion, will you be just accepting it as if it is true?

Books like hidden treasure. Sometimes, I feel like all great mentors are in my house although they are no longer alive. You could have an intense discussion with Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Alfa Edison and Steve Jobs by reading their books. I knew Thomas Alfa Edison conducted 1000 failed experiments because the 1001st was the light ball.  He insisted that every failed experiment was one step closer to success. I remembered his powerful legacy 'to get something you never had, you have to do something you never did'.

Some inspirational stories narrated about the world's leaders were the people who had an insatiable will in reading books. The more books you read, the more chance to be a leader in the future. It is a quite simple thing but makes a big difference for us.

When Theodore Roosevelt the 26th president of the United States died, his assistant found books under his pillow, reflecting he was truly applied a long-life learning principle. His life experience was very thrilling when his mother and his wife died on the same day. Can we imagine? What did he feel at that time?

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