“If I read a book that cost me $20 and I get one good idea, I’ve gotten one of the greatest bargains of all time.” ~ Tom Peters
- If you want to be wealthy than study wealth. If you want to be happy than study happiness. Learning is important because it helps one develop conviction of the need to change.
- This conviction to change (awareness) develops into determination.
- Next, one transforms determination into action. You must exert the effort to establish new habit patterns. This is the only way that inner change and transformation takes place.
How do we learn? How do we feed our mind and soul like feeding our body? We feed our mind with ideas. They are called “food for thought” for a reason right? I would like to suggest that there is no other like a good book to accomplish this.
“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”
Yes, I read 100 books a year. I still think it is not enough given the literature coming my way. I do have 10 major suggestions and they aren’t specific to speed reading.
- Plan to read many books a year. It’s helpful to know that you have a couple of days to finish. This helped my speed.
- Turn TV off.
- It doesn’t hurt to be a fast reader. I am a fast reader though I don’t particularly like speed reading.
- Have several books with you always. I travel with several, even on short trips. Best way to accomplish this is to buy a Kindle. This will stop the frustration of carrying.
- Read at work at lunch. Take an hour and read.
- Read every night.
- Use books on mp3 if you must. I’m not against learning this way, but it is not like reading for me.
- Use public transporation for commuting. Read or listen mp3 books.
- Read quickly initially, and then re-read if you feel so compelled.
- Take Emerson’s advice to heart: “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
Regarding price: Use your library and use Best Kindle Reads deals, free books or ask me to borrow any Kindle book for free. I will gladly share my library with you.
Books and reading are my hobby, so I spend money on them.
“When I was a child, whenever I got two dimes, I reserved one dime for books. Otherwise, I could not have done what I did.”
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk