Get paid to read books

No really, I’m serious. You can get paid to read books.

Doesn’t that sound awesome? I mean, if you’re reading this you’re already a reader on some level. But becoming a professional reader is the stuff dreams are made of.

Sit back by the fire in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee and watch the dollar signs float by as you turn each page.

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How much do you think you can make reading books?

  • $1,000?
  • $10,000?
  • $1,000,000,000?

The answer may surprise you: Yes.

Wait a minute. What’s the catch?

No catch. You can make hundreds or millions of dollars reading books.

How’s it work?

For starters, you’re already getting paid to read books.

What? Where’s my paycheck from Amazon or Barnes & Noble?

Actually, the paycheck header has the name of your company on it. Your boss is really paying you to read books.

No, she’s not. Now, I’m just confused.

Sorry, my bad.

Every time you read a book you are equipping yourself with knowledge. Whether the topic is leadership, communication, writing, or whatever, your mental database is rich with applications for your day job or dream job.

See? You already know how to make money. At least some. In fact, you know what it takes to make more money than what you have right now. If not, you know the books to buy and maybe you read them already.

To convert consumption into compensation you must implement the content. The trick is to transform information into application.

You need to DO it.

When you buy (or borrow) a book, read it, and take action you become a capital investor in your future. Put the content you consume to work for you, and get paid for the results.

QUESTION: What do you know how to do, but still haven’t done yet? How much money do you think is sitting in your brain from books you already read?

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Comments

  1. Joseph says

    I’ve read a BUNCH in the past5 years. But the job I’m currently in doesn’t allow me to use the knowledge I’m gaining like if like to. Seriously considering if I need to make a change that will allow me to do what I’m passionate about and use the knowledge I’m gaining. Other wise it’s going to waste. Great post!

    • KC Procter says

      That’s tough, Joseph. I appreciate the struggle you’re facing. It took a few years to get recognized at my work for additional learning in potential. In the meantime I hustled on the side and channeled passions that way. Try exploring small ways to put your experience and book-learnin’ to good use. :)

  2. says

    Thanks for wasting everyone’s time with false promises of getting paid to read. I love reading. I always have. I read all the time. In fact I’m on my way to a Masters Degree. But it doesn’t pay off the way you claim. Instead I have almost 200 thousand dollars of student loan debt from college and Grad school. In addition all of the high paying jobs that were supposed to be available to me aren’t there. Instead I’m confronted with jobs paying maybe 12.50 an hour. I have never made more at any job than 45k a year. That’s not exactly what I’d call a return on my 200 thousand dollar investment in reading and going to college and doing all the things one was told we were supposed to do to achieve financial stability. Again, thanks for wasting our time.

    • KC Procter says

      Hi Nunya Bizness,
      First off, I’m really sorry you feel that way. This post was written partially in jest, but also to encourage folks to take the steps to convert their education into application. I apologize for not making the joke more obvious. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and leave a comment.
      However, getting paid to read is not a false premise. How do we learn anything? We see someone else do it, we listen to someone instructing us, or we read it somewhere. We get paid for what we know and what we can do. Part of learning (a great measure of it) comes from reading.
      That being said I empathize with your frustration. I’m buried under student debt as well and aggravated with the uphill battle to get a return on the investment from the MBA that I finished 3 years ago. In fact, if I had the chance to do it over again, I’m 85% sure I wouldn’t have gone for it in the first place. The same knowledge could’ve been acquired with a fraction of the investment (buying and reading books on my own) and the balance of the $50K spent on paying off other debt or funding a business venture.
      I may be wrong, but it seems like our mutual frustration stems from buying into an educational system that has become a myth. No doubt education is important, but as you pointed out… is it really worth $200K?
      Lastly, I’d like to continue the conversation, if you’re game, and start with a few questions: What’s your major? What type of job do you want? What books are you reading?
      You can answer here in the comments or send me a message using the email link on my about page: http://kcprocter.com/about/
      Hope to hear back from you, and if not, I wish you the best and hope you find a job that not only pays what you deserve, but is fulfilling.
      Godspeed,
      -KC

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