Mr. Covey tells us that TV watching is a very powerful social influence and that it can affect us in very subtle ways if we aren’t careful how we use it. He tells us that the TV in the average home is on about forty-five hours a week, which is far too much time because it takes away from more mentally challenging self-improvement exercises; letter writing, analytical thinking and reading, just to name a few.
Mr. Covey suggests that if we can read at least one book a month on topics that will expand our cultural awareness we’d be in pretty good shape. However, Stephen suggests that reading a book a week would be ideal; enabling us to learn more over time.
Mr. Covey suggests here, too, that educating ourselves beyond just reading books; learning how to do new things, is an excellent way to renew the mental aspect/dimension of our being. You’ve heard the expression, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” right? Well, renewing a mind doesn’t mean letting it go to sleep. It basically entails giving it new directions to work in or, at the very least, new things to think about.