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Stop reading books you aren't enjoying

Stop reading books you aren't enjoying

  • Ask yourself, "Is this book any good?"
  • 100 pages minus your age - so if you're 30 years old and a book hasn't captivated you by page 70, stop reading it. That way, as you age, you have to endure crappy books less and less.

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Keep a commonplace book

Keep a commonplace book

  • A collection of quotes, ideas, stories, and facts that you want to keep for later.
  • This will make you a better writer, a wiser person, and a more appreciative owner of words and ideas.
  • Many famous writers, including Walt Whitman, Walt Carroll, and Thomas Jefferson, kept a version of this for years.

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Reread the masters

Reread the masters

  • We cannot be content to simply pick up a book once and judge it by that experience; it's why we have to read and reread.
  • Because the world is constantly changing and we are constantly changing, therefore what we get out of books can also change.

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Ask people you admire for book recommendations

Ask people you admire for book recommendations

  • If a book changed someone's life, it's worth the investment and will likely help you in the long run, give it a try.
  • Ask famous people for recommendations and find out what they read.
  • This will deepen your relationship with the book.

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Don’t just learn from your own experience

Don’t just learn from your own experience

  • Read and learn from the experiences of others. Drink deeply from history, from philosophy, and more.
  • Study the cautionary tales and the screw-ups, the failures and successes of other entrepreneurs. If you don't, it's a dereliction of duty.

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Get out of a dry spell

Get out of a dry spell

  • Re-read something that has really spoken to you in the past.
  • Instead of expecting a random book to reach you, go back to something that's already spoken volumes to you.
  • You'll discover how much more there is to learn.

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Ryan Holiday shares six tips to become a better reader to lead a better life.

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