When students spend more money on drugs than on books

Humans are born to be social. We’ve survived and thrived by connecting, sharing, and teaching. Drugs are also social in nature; they’re more fun when shared. It’s only natural that drug use would spread in college, when social connections are at peak importance.

Reading a book is an individual activity. A book is not easily shared, not social, sometimes difficult, and often not fun. Books, in many ways, go against our very nature. You can live a happy life after college without ever picking up a book.

And yet, very often the most successful people have also read the most books:

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none, zero.” ~ Charles Munger, billionaire investor

“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.” ~ Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and the fourth wealthiest person in the world

“I did the reading.” ~ writer David Foster Wallace in response to how he got to be so smart

I just finished reading Kyle Winey’s Hackiversity: The Secrets to Achieving More by Doing Less in College. I wish I had it when I was in college. If you’re in college right now (or will be soon) I’ll send you my copy of the book, for free. Just send me an e-mail and tell me where to ship it: maloneyj@fredonia.edu.

If you don’t respond first, it’s only $10 on Amazon.

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