Imagine if you would be able to read a book a day. How much smarter you would get? How much healthier you would be? How much more money you would make?
Books are so important because they can cut the learning curve. Warren Buffett said, “It’s good to learn from your mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.” You can learn from other people mistakes, and ride to the top faster if you read books.
How to read a book a day? Sounds crazy, right? As the saying goes, ’’Too soon old, too late smart.’’ But it is possible, and it doesn’t require hard work as you would think, and you can start off today.
It’s all about being smart. Remember 80/20 rule? 80 percent of your results will usually come from 20 percent of your efforts.
You see, there are millions of books out there, it’s impossible to read all of them. As Seneca said, ‘’It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.’’ And the average American reads only up to 10 books a year. On the other hand, the average CEO reads 60 books a year.
Books can change your life! And the best thing is that you will learn how to read a book a day if you stick till the end of this article.
Let’s dive in.
How to Read a Book a Day:
Smart Reading System by Tai Lopez
You might be familiar with Tai Lopez. He claims to be reading a book a day in his TED Talk.
If you haven’t seen my review of his program ‘’The 67 Steps,’’ check it out.
The 67 Steps come with a bonus – smart reading system. I’m going to break it down here.
”The reason most people don’t get what they want out of their life is that they spend the majority of their life not simulating through the experience of other people but trying to prove themselves, making mistakes themselves.”
– Tai Lopez
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What books to read?
Types of books:
- Classics (at least 50 years old)
Tai’s reading ritual:
- He reads in the morning, afternoon, and night
- He sets intervals (15 minutes for each set, that’s 45 minutes a day)
- In the morning he reads classics (philosophy)
- At afternoon he reads how-to books
- At night – biographies
Smart reading system:
Before reading a book, ask yourself, ”What’s the end game goal of this book?” Be healthier? Earn more money? What’s the goal?
- Read the table of content
- Read the jacket and cover
- Read the first chapter and introduction
- Read the last chapter
- Come back to the table of contents and ask yourself, ”Which chapter will most fulfill what I’m trying to get?”
- Then read one or two chapters, if you have time
Books are your friends. Don’t be afraid to put them aside and come back later.
Circle relevant things, if needed write your own words beside it. Sometimes you can write the best stuff in the back of the book.
I understand many people are busy. Most books just have a couple of ideas and the rest is filled with stories.
If you want to read a book a day, you can read book summaries. Again, 80/20 rule. Someone has done the heavy lifting for you.
I recommend checking out blinkist.com
Maybe you’re on the bus. Maybe you’re making food for yourself. You can always listen to audiobook or podcast while doing something else.
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