Monday motivation - get reading!

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Today's message is from one of my favorite philosophers: Dr. Seuss! 


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
Dr. Seuss

I read a lot, but will admit that most of it is not educational. I love to read "who dunnits." But the keep reading! funny thing is, I learn a lot even from them. 


So I say "Read what you love to read. You'll always learn something, even if it's mere trivia."


And then, between books read purely for pleasure, read something deliberately educational.


Wishing you a joyful and prosperous week,



Comments (19)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Marte,

I'm with you! I love to read and always have a book going. Sometimes I read 15 minutes before going to sleep and always have to read before falling to sleep. I love the Dr. Seuss quote...always been a favorite of mine.

May 01, 2023 02:57 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I almost always have to wake up to turn off the light - I fall asleep reading nearly every night.

Doctor Seuss imparted a whole lot of wisdom to generations of children - without them even noticing! I love him.

May 01, 2023 03:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Marte- when my nieces were younger I encouraged them to read. I said it would be nice if what they were reading was educational but the important thing was to read and make it a habit to read every day!  I always have a book or two on my Kindle app on my phone so no matter where I am I have something to read. And...I too love who-done-its. 

May 01, 2023 06:24 PM
Marte Cliff

Kathy Streib - going anywhere with my husband means being there early and sitting waiting. So I never go anywhere without a book on my tablet.


May 02, 2023 07:30 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never been much of a reader, most books don't keep my attention for very long, probably because my attention span is very short, haha.

May 02, 2023 05:01 AM
Marte Cliff

Brian England Perhaps you've simply never come across a book (or magazine) about a subject that really interests you.

May 02, 2023 07:31 AM
Brian England

I read Falling by TJ Newman because she is a friend of mine and I was surprised at how well the book kept my attention throughout.  I am looking forward to her next book, Drowning, which comes out on May 30th Marte Cliff 

May 02, 2023 07:34 AM
Marte Cliff

Brian England - I'll have to see if my library has that one!

May 02, 2023 09:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I've always read and continue to do so. And I'm a fan of the who-dunnits also!

May 02, 2023 05:03 AM
Marte Cliff

Kat Palmiotti Reading all the time runs in my family. My Mom said she had memories of her Grandmother sitting at the butter churn - with the churn handle in one hand and a book in the other. So - I was raised on reading and have never stopped. Neither have my sons.

May 02, 2023 07:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Marte... you don't need to twist my arm to read... I love to read. Always have a book with me. The biggest problem is finding more time to read.

May 02, 2023 09:56 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Nina Hollander, Broker - Yes, I have to discipline myself to get back to work when there's a good book waiting! I'm not as bad as my firstborn... you can be talking with him and realize he's drifted off - he saw something to read!

May 02, 2023 06:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

May 06, 2023 07:16 PM
Marte Cliff

Thank you so much, Kathy!

May 07, 2023 12:13 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I love to read BOOKS especially historical and historical fiction.

I tried the kindle and I couldn't stand reading that way.

May 07, 2023 05:25 AM
Marte Cliff

faye schubert I have always preferred real books too, but lately do most of my book reading on my tablet - just because it's easier than driving to the library. We're almost into the season now where I can attend yard sales and bring home books! I read far too many to pay book store prices for fiction.

May 07, 2023 12:15 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Mate. The more you read and know the more you realize how much you do not know. The journey for knowledge should never end. Enjoy your day.

May 07, 2023 05:38 AM
Marte Cliff

Wayne Martin Even what my son refers to as my "storybooks" teach me things. This week my book has made me interested in the assassination of Lincoln. I don't believe the history books I read all those years ago in school said a darn thing about a conspiracy or the other people who were attacked that night.

May 07, 2023 12:18 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I love this post!   i love reading gentle English cottage mysteries - the ones with the body under the rose bush and the suggestion to call Poirot or Miss Marple - a "gentle" death of arsenic - the dr. did it or the postmistress - nothing violent (despite the murder!) 

May 07, 2023 05:40 AM
Marte Cliff

Lise Howe I also enjoy what they call "cozy mysteries." It's always best when the dead body belongs to a total stranger in town or to someone despicable! I like the ones where the body has been found and now it's up to our heroes and heroines to find out "who dunnit."

May 07, 2023 12:20 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Although I get news of all kinds on my phone throughout the day, I still like to read the New York Times in paper form every morning.  Ditto the Carmel Pine Cone, our FREE local paper. 

May 07, 2023 11:18 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

I agree, The Monterey Herald gets delivered here but it's national and international news is bits and pieces from what's in the New York Times.  Now I get the full story and more.  The Pine Cone is in kiosks here for locals and visitors to pick up.  A huge section is for Real Estate.  

May 07, 2023 12:42 PM
Marte Cliff

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® I wish we still had newspaper delivery here, but it went away a few years ago. It's not surprising that they had too few subscribers to come clear out into the woods any more - as they fired more and more columnists there was less and less to read every day. AND - the "reporting" became more and more biased.

I'm not even sure if they still have a print edition.

May 07, 2023 12:24 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love this post!  Simple, powerful message.  I love to read who done it posts, too!  Since I fly about every other month visiting my daughters, I save up a lot of industry reading for those flights.  No interruptions and if I finish before my return flight, I have a bonus book waiting in my bag.  Works very well at getting required reading completed. 

May 07, 2023 03:20 PM
Marte Cliff

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ You do have a good plan - both the visiting part and the reading part!

May 07, 2023 04:43 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Thank you Marte Cliff !  Have a great week!-

May 07, 2023 05:35 PM
Marte Cliff

You too!

May 07, 2023 07:36 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

I too love to read. Reading makes you think and the more you think the better you become and the better you become the most you think.

May 07, 2023 05:48 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Good advice, Marti! I read for relaxation and I have always enjoyed reading. Of course, reading blogs counts, too.

May 07, 2023 06:48 PM
Marte Cliff

John Juarez Yes it does! Reading is reading, no matter what it is.

May 07, 2023 07:37 PM
Kieran Jackson
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor®, SFR, U.S. Army Veteran

Very nice info, Marte. Now that you mention it, there were a few books I've read over the years that were very enjoyable! This was before the internet. I do have a few books on hand that I want to read. I'm going to make an effort to spend some time daily, knocking them out.


May 07, 2023 07:06 PM
Marte Cliff

Kieran Jackson Be careful! You might get hooked on reading and unable to stop - just like me!

May 07, 2023 07:38 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I love reading and learning! I think that is why AR is such a great fit for me. I get to meet new people and read great content.

May 07, 2023 07:49 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Marte, great advice! My father taught all of his six children to read when we were three-year-olds. That’s what I call good parenting. Now I’m in a terrific book group that’s helping me enjoy all kinds of stuff - in addition to the romance novels set in Paris

May 09, 2023 09:21 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I agree - I'm always reading something. Recently, I've been listening to audiobooks so I can get through twice as much!

My kids often ask me, "How did you know that?"  My answer is always, "I read it in a book."

May 09, 2023 09:53 AM