I Don’t Read … so I’m told!

By | December 31, 2021

[December 31, 2021]  Reading is essential for reasons that are too well known to discuss.  But I will make an observation about many younger folks I’ve worked with over the years.  Many say to me, “I don’t read.”  And I believe them because I also see them falling behind their peers in work, family, and social settings.

At one time, there was a hunger to read, study the classics, and discover new things.  So many young people spend a greater portion of their time on social media and watching television (an old trend).  The effect?  Less time to read, which leads to a lessened desire to read.

For my last blog post for the year 2021, I wanted to end it on a positive note.  This “trend” is not reading is surely not positive, but I believe there is a turnaround just over the next hill.  Why?  I don’t know why but I can see it nonetheless.  I see younger teenagers disengaging from social media and spending more time with others.  This has led to a greater appreciation for reading.

For that reason, for those who desire to read more, I have a few books that I’ve been enjoying.  These books are not just classics in the English Literature venue but are worth the time spent just enjoying them.  So, for my last post of the year, here are some books that I enjoy:

  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Hemingway on War by Ernest Hemingway
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent

I know what you’re thinking; what a weird mix of classics, fiction, deep philosophy, and off-the-wall books.  Yes, that is what makes it so interesting, so different (not boring), fulfilling, yet they force me to think at several levels simultaneously.

I look forward to reading and encouraging the young to read more.

I’m not closed.  We will continue into the New Year 2022 with great abandon!  Read Well.


NOTE: Some other books you might consider: https://www.theleadermaker.com/books-im-reading-these-days-in-2020/


Please read my new book, “Our Longest Year in Iraq,” at Amazon (link here).

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

16 thoughts on “I Don’t Read … so I’m told!

  1. Dorothy V.

    Plenty of young adults out there who don’t read .., too time consuming or too dull. Just too busy. Shame. 🇦🇺

  2. Leslie Foldd

    … and I too look forward to the advancement of this leader blog by Gen. Satterfield. My favorite. Slick and easy and fast load. Keep it going. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  3. Jeff Blackwater

    Several days of excellent articles. What a great website. And, for those reading the forums, this is a great place to bounce around ideas, good and bad, or great and evil (to debate).

    1. Gil Johnson

      Right jeff, and where we can explore new ways of tackling problems, esp. the more complex and seemingly impossible dilemmas of life.

    1. Janna Faulkner

      Got three copies and gave them to my kids. They may not be old enough to read the book today but they will in the future and they will get to read what really happened. Thanks to Gen. Satterfield for making this book available at a reasonable price.

    2. Douglas R. Satterfield Post author

      Max, thanks for helping pitch my book. I wrote it to help get the word out about what really happened in Iraq so that reality is not hidden by journalists and “historians.”

      1. Jonnie the Bart

        Great thinking Gen. Satterfield, thanks for what you are doing and for over 8 years now.

      2. Pooch T.

        Got my copy, read it, and now it’s on display at my workplace and looks like others are reading my copy.

      1. Goalie for Cal State

        Right rj, a plan on words. Gen. Satterfield is getting in a little, under the table humor for us. Slobs like me, will miss the subtlety that he is writing. That is the outcome of plenty of reading and thinking and writing. Everyone, please have a wonderful NEW YEAR.


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