I heard that to become a leading expert in any topic, all you have to do is read about it for an hour every day. Well, this is a lot easier than it sounds, but think about it.

Anyone can say they are an expert in anything. I could tell you I’m an expert snowboarder (I’m not). But reading is one of the easiest ways to increase your knowledge in whatever you are interested in. If I want to become more knowledgeable on dogs, I should read about dogs for an hour every day. That would equal about four books a month, so 48 books a year.

According to a 2007 Associated Press-Ipsos poll, one in four Americans did not read a book in the last year. Yikes. I probably only read one book a month, but that’s still more than the average American read. I actually did not start reading until after college. As a student, I rarely even completed my assigned reading. I just didn’t make the time, I had too many other commitments.

Time is the issue with most of us. And the truth is, most of us don’t have time to read, just like we don’t have enough time to work out, cook healthy meals or train our dogs.