Reading books can give you a lot of knowledge. It might help you become smarter. It can also be a stress-reducing activity. Reading can increase your vocabulary and make your writing skill better. But for people who are not a fan of reading like me, what should I do to gain knowledge, to reduce stress? The answer is experience. So is book learning or experience more significant in a person’s life?

When you read a book, you can enjoy a glass of wine while reading it and you can take a break whenever you want. You can highlight parts that you like or right down notes. My mom even told me that she likes the feel and smell of paper in books. To me, if you have a tiring day, you could just light up a candle, make yourself a cup of tea and start reading your favourite book in a rainy afternoon. In learning, some schools are still encouraging their students to use books and notebooks. They will learn from workbooks and do their homework in notebooks. It is a traditional way of learning. Here are some examples of successful people that show book learning is very helpful. “Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year, which breaks down to 1 per week. Oprah Winfrey selects one of her favorite books every month for her Book Club members to read and discuss” as reported by The Reading Habits of Ultra-Successful People.

On the other hand, experience, you can really makes you use your senses. You can go that places, taste the food, talk to people, enjoy the rain, swim in the lake, touch that get up close and personal with some exotic animals insect, whatever you want to do. You may fail. You may succeed. It is like you really putting yourself in action. I do not have a specific example but I have heard a lot from my dad that some Chinese fathers usually take their kids to school and they will go to school until they know how to count. Then the kids stop going to school and participate in their dad’s business. When their dad retires, they will inherit the business.

So I think that it depends on who you want to be and what you want to do, you get to decide either book learning or experience. But you can also do both of them in at the same time because they are both good and helpful. Overall, I hope that you can find interests and advantage in whatever you choose.
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