Learning constantly

Learning constantly

To get better results in life you need to learn constantly. And the best way to learn is to read effectively and a lot.

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Warren Buffett
“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
Upgrading your brain

A new idea, outlook on life, mental model, is all it takes for something to click inside your brain.

Your brain will start making connections between books that seemed to be on different topics. The more you read, the more links you form and the richer your understanding becomes.

Empathy and communication
  • Empathy: Books give you the context  (in the form of stories and experiences ) you can use effectively to become more empathetic.
  • Communication skills: Reading will improve your vocabulary and writing. The more you read, the better you communicate. And better communication means better relationships.
Windows into other worlds

Books give you the ability to learn to look through other’s eyes. It’s like having a conversation with the brightest minds from any given field.

 Memory and concentration

To read, you need to be focused for long periods of time. Your mind is forced to focus again and again from page to page on new information.

Fighting stress
  • Books are an escape to your mind, transporting you into another reality. They help you take a break from the real world.
  • Reading before bed can help you sleep better. It calms your mind and cues your body up for shut-eye, improving the quality of your sleep.
Jim Rohn
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” 
Develop a reading habit
  • Start with 25 pages per day.
  • Read at the same time every day.
  • Start reading in between 2 already established habits.
  • Make reading your default in already established routines: i.e. read while commuting to work.
  • Adopt reading as a default for boredom: always carry a book with you.
  • Find the best reading medium for you: physical, digital, or audio.
Charlie Munger
Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.”
Choosing what to read
  • If a book has been around for a long time and people still talk about it, it’s probably good.
  • Read the first chapter without the obligation to continue. If you’re not having fun, it’s time to move on. 
  • Choose your books based on what you need to learn right now, so you can use the information you consume.

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RELATED IDEAS

Carrying a book with you at all times is a great trick to start reading more habitually.

You will find that there are a lot of times where you can read a chapter or two, such as instead of staring at your computer screen or checking your email for the 15th time.

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The Essence

It’s important to have a deep willingness to read and grow in the process. Approach reading as a fun, enjoyable and transformational activity that ultimately impacts your life. 

With this kind of mindset, you’ll become intentional about the books you read by picking out those areas in your life that need improvement and plan towards growing to the next level by reading the right books that target those problem areas.

Due to unlimited distractions, shorter attention spans and increased boredom, we aren't finishing the books we start to read. Our impulsive and fickle nature is also to blame.

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