How I Read One Book a Day

How I Read One Book a Day
Coffee cup after reading books

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” —Kofi Annan

Will Smith has a famous speech where he said that the two keys to life are; running, because it teaches you persistence, and reading because there`s no new problem you can have that someone hasn`t already solved and wrote about it in a book.

This may sound new but it`s not. All successful people know that. Charlie Munger was famous for saying “Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.” And his buddy, Warren Buffet, reads 500 pages every single day. And from my humble understanding of life; if the second richest man in the universe tells you to do something, then you`d better roll up your sleeves do it.

I started reading when I was young, I immediately got hooked up with the fiction books mom used to buy me. But at one time in my life, I stopped. And only when I came back to reading I realized how much time, money and opportunities I`ve wasted by choosing to experience life through trial and error instead of learning from other people`s mistakes and wins.

Reading, in case you don`t know, is a muscle that you make stronger by exercising more. You may start slow and stumble, but if you do it a lot —which you must— you`ll get better at absorbing lots and lots of books in a very short time. And you can check these tips for a starter.

Look for the nuggets

When reading books, the most liberating mind-shift you can have is this one: less is more. Most authors write long books not because they want to but because they have to. The majority of them have one or two key ideas, at best, which can be summarized in no more than 30-40 pages. But since no publishing company will invest in a 30-page book, authors add more, sometimes meaningless, chapters to make their books more appealing to “buyers” not readers.

My advice to you is to look through the table of content for one or two nuggets to comprehend or share with your friends. Look for the most interesting 2-3 chapters, read them and keep the rest of the book for another time. Usually, the rest is far less important than you can imagine.

Read In Clusters

Want to read more books in half the time? Read in clusters. And by that I mean:

  • Books on the same topic
  • Non-fiction books by the same author

Each new book you read on the same topic will be much shorter because you already know most of what it says. Amazingly, this allows you to guiltlessly skip through the book without missing on its key ideas.

I usually do the same thing with books that are written by the same author. No author, no matter how good he is, doesn`t repeat himself. You`ll always find at least one or two ideas that are repeated in one of his previous books. You can benefit from this by choosing to time to read books not randomly, but by the author. More …read more
Source: Steven Aitchison