world reading day


We all know that reading is a good habit to adopt but seriously, how many of us really set some time aside to read? Whether it is reading books, magazines, or newspapers; we ought to make it a daily habit because reading expands our knowledge bank.

Recently, I was reintroduced to The Wall Street Journal, an American English-language international daily newspaper with a special emphasis on business and economic news, and I was literally hooked to its content. I have to be honest here; although I have heard about The Wall Street Journal in the past, I have never given much thought and consideration to read it because I felt that it was too difficult for me to comprehend.

Looking back, I wish I had started reading The Wall Street Journal during my schooling days but I guess there’s no time for regret now and so, I have decided to subscribe to The Wall Street Journal that cost USD$8 for 8 weeks [which works out to be about SGD$0.23 a day].

I know many people might be curious to know why I sign up for The Wall Street Journal and not The Straits Times [or even The Financial Times] and the only reason is because, The Wall Street Journal has all the information and content that I specifically want. Whether it is business news, marketing news, education news, or even lifestyle news, the numerous high quality content is certainly a pull-factor for me.

In case you are wondering, The Wall Street Journal offers real-time business, financial and economic coverage, expert reporting on technology, broad coverage of global politics and policy, and an unrivalled sports, culture, fashion, arts and entertainment reporting; all of these which is apparently quite lacking in our local mainstream media and ranked #154 according to the 2015 World Press Freedom Index.

As a blogger, entrepreneur, youth leader, investor and educator; I personally feel that The Wall Street Journal is the perfect companion whenever I travel, seek inspirations for my write-ups, or even keep myself up to date with the latest trends and innovations.

Yes, reading is time-consuming but if ambitious, successful, and intellectually curious Journal Readers like will.i.am, Zhang Xin, and Tony Burch can make time to read no matter how busy they are, I’m sure you can too!

Like I said, whether it is self-improvement books like The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, lifestyle magazines such as the Reader’s Digest, or even newspapers like The Wall Street Journal; reading is a good lifestyle habit to adopt and it is important that you read contents that are beneficial for your mind, soul, and body.

Always remember that learning is lifelong and one of the very good ways you can continue to learn for life is to start reading.

Fun Fact: World Book Day [also known as International Day of the Book] is a yearly event on 23 April, organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization [UNESCO], to promote reading, publishing and copyright. Maybe Singapore should have her own Singapore Reading Day!

Happy Reading!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal.