Reading is the ultimate source of knowledge, and Malaysia’s Keanu Subba can agree on that. The ONE Championship featherweight talent picked up this habit from a young age and continues to spend his free time reading.
According to the Monarchy MMA athlete, reading has helped him gain a better perspective on life.
“There is nothing but benefits when someone picks up a book. You could read practically anywhere, and the only thing you’ve got to do is make sure you’re surrounded in a good environment to get into the story,” the 25-year-old said.
“You learn different things from different books. It could be a science fiction or a mystery book. Regardless of the topic, you pick up something new at the end of the day.”
Occasionally, he does have to put his favorite pastime on the backburner to focus on training and other daily activities.
But Subba suffered an unfortunate injury in Jakarta in May, which means the MIMMA Featherweight Champion has been able to read more often.
“I’ve read about 10 books since the injury. It’s really not much because some people read every week, or every day,” he said.
“I figured that since I cannot go back to training, I’d just start reading a lot more again. I went in search for books that could motivate me to never quit or give up.”
With a little bit more time to explore new books, Subba said the reading material over the past couple of months have been very beneficial to him.
The books he picked up are something he highly recommends to everyone going through a tough period.
“I felt one book which helped me this time was Jocko Willink’s Extreme Ownership. That’s a really good and inspiring book,” the Monarchy MMA athlete shared.
“I’ve since read three more of Jocko’s books. They’re that good.”
“Agilan Thani passed me this other audiobook titled, Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins.”
But when asked whether he likes the feel of real books over the sound of audiobooks, Subba had this to say:
“I do get distracted easily when it comes in, so I’ll grab the hardcopy of this book and read it again.”
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