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The modern world has adopted an Enlightenment mantra that states there should be no limit to how much we read because we read in order to know everything. We don't read to understand God or to follow civic virtue; we read to understand the whole of human existence.

This maximalist legacy of the Enlightenment idea of reading is present within the publishing industry, within the way books are presented to the public at school and in shops, and within our own guilty responses to the pressure to read more.

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  • As soon as you notice your mind drifting, stop and consider your needs.
  • Develop a key/system to note the following in the text: key ideas/major points, unfamiliar words/unclear information, key words and phrases, important information, and connections.
  • Summarize the main points and two or three key details in your own words.

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Whatever problem you’re struggling with is probably addressed in some book somewhere written by someone a lot smarter than you.

This is all written down, often in the first person. Read it.

A look at any random sampling of successful people finds a common trait: a love of books and an education that was primarily self-driven.

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