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Why Do We Read?

My name is Aiman Azlan. I am a motivational speaker, a Youtuber, a social media influencer, and an author. I wrote and published 3 books to date: Hidup Penuh Erti (2014), The Other Side of the Coin (2014), and Bercinta Selepas Nikah (2015).

Having said that, can I be honest about something? I don’t like reading.

There, I said it.

It might be a bit weird for an author to not like reading, given that he writes books hoping that other people will read them. But if you look at it differently, it is not weird at all because you don’t need to like reading to become an author. In fact, you don’t need to like reading to read.

Reading, at the core of it, has nothing to do with liking it or not. Why? Because in principle, reading is not a hobby. Reading is a need. To put it simply, I think of reading the same way how I think of exercising.

It doesn’t matter if you like exercising or not. The fact is, you need to exercise regardless. Otherwise, your physical health will deteriorate. That is …

Owning Your First House? Here are 3 Things You Should Know!

Earlier this year, my wife and I bought a house.

Owning a house is everybody’s daydream, but the process of owning one can seem like a nightmare because of the amount of debts you are getting yourself into.

To start with, my wife and I am not a big fan of debts. We don’t own credit cards, we own a used car, and we rented a house for the first 3 years of our marriage. We prefer to spend the money we own, rather than pretending that we are wealthier than we really are.

If we can avoid debts, then we will avoid it by all means. If we can’t, then we will be sure to pay back as fast as possible. Like with the case of the used car we bought, we borrowed a sum of money from a family member and we paid him back in full within 2 years. The car is now ours, debt-free.

So the decision to finally buy a house is not something that was made overnight. It was the result of a long discussion between my wife and I, mostly about how necessary it is to own one and what is the best way to do it.