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The Way You Read Books Says A Lot About Your Intelligence, Here's Why

The Way You Read Books Says A Lot About Your Intelligence, Here's Why

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Success And Buying Too Many Books

Many of us buy lots of books that go unread and causes us guilt, but that’s a habit that many successful people have they believe they are better off for it.

For those who actually put in the time to read and learn how to learn, a pile of unread books may actually be a sign of int...

“I maybe start half the books I get, and I probably finish a third of the books I start. And that works out to finishing 1–2 books per week.” 

View Books As An Experiment

It costs you money and time, but it may pay for itself by changing your life for the better. It’s an experiment. And the more “smart” experiments you perform, the more likely you are to find a breakthrough experiment that changes everything.

Inherent in being a good experi...

Do Fractal Reading

The free metadata that books generate (i.e., author interviews, author presentations, book summaries, reviews, quotes, first and last chapters, etc.) is a condensed version of the book, like a fractal, and often just as valuable as the book itself.

This al...

View Your Unread Books As A Reminder Of How Little You Know

Intellectual humility gives us a more realistic conception of ourselves and our place in the world, helping us conduct our lives more effectively and harmoniously.

Successfully navigating day-to-day experience mostly requires what we already know, that makes us bel...

  • Read 2–3 book summaries (Google search). Most books have several summaries containing the best information in the book (the 20 percent of ideas that create 80 percent of value).
  • Listen to an author interview (podcast, Google). Interviews are engaging, and give you the a...

Abandon Good Books For Great Books

To make better use of your time, drop your current book if you find one that’s better, but be careful not to abandon it for one with a catchy title. Fractal Reading will help you discern when it’s time to change books.

“At every moment, you should be reading the best book you know of in the world [for you]. But as soon as you discover something that seems more interesting or more important, you should absolutely discard your current book … because any other algorithm necessarily results in your reading ‘wor...

Use Books To Create Space In Your Mind For Great Ideas To Collide

Strategically placed books can affect us consciously and unconsciously. They create a kind of idea space for you that makes productive collisions more likely to happen.

You buy books because there is potentially important information in them, but you leave them unread because some ...

Read Books Like Magazines

Skipping a whole page, reading in 5-minute spurts or skimming to find the most interesting parts and then go deep and slow on those.

Reading books this way can be powerful on a few levels:

  • It helps to find the most important knowledge that’s worth going deep o...

Smart readers have a consistent learning ritual. They also learn how to learn, maximizing the value extracted from reading, and take action until they get the result they’re looking for.

Whereas book hoarders judge themselves by the number of books they own, smart readers judge themselve...

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Whatever its size—from a couple of books to thousands of them—an antilibrary creates a humble relationship with knowledge. It reminds us that our knowledge is finite and imperfect. Far from being negative, this awareness can drive our curiosity and encourage us to question our assumptions. In a world where nuanced thinking is needed more than ever, an antilibrary is a much needed tool for thought.

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