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“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a reader - I have been since my days as a child staying up past midnight reading comic books. Why, because my mom was a reader and knew the value of learning new things and going on the wild adventures that only reading can take you on.

Now, I’m sure to get plenty of eye-rolls and “fan mail” from this one, but the simple truth is, no matter how intoxicating social media, YouTube, and movies/TV can be, there’s no substitute for reading to expand your mind and horizons. So, please, whether it’s an actual book or tablet, read at least one hour every day. Your brain will thank you!

“I cannot imagine a worse fate than not being a reader, not having that ignition to new thoughts, idea, opinions and self-discovery. Reading allows one to do what we all should be devoted to doing every day that is simply trying to be a better person than we were yesterday.”  - Chief Bobby Halton (ret), Editor in Chief Fire Engineering Magazine

“I will always remember this; my Dad always said ‘Readers are Leaders’” - Captain Mike Duggan (ret), Fire Department New York

"I believe reading is a miraculous thing. A mystical, marvelous type of magic that occurs by simply opening a book. Reading has the ability to take you on journeys that will change you forever. A good book opens the world and allows the mind to grow and strengthen in ways that nothing else can. You simply must read.  You must. It is a treasure to be discovered again and again and again. Dig in…" - Captain Mike Gagliano, Seattle Fire Dept.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss

So, what are you reading?

STAY FIRED UP, and turn a few pages every day.


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