Speed reading seduces you by promising you an easy way out. “If I can just read faster, I can read more—maybe even everything! Then I’ll…”
What? Get a better job? Create a successful business? Become wise?
No. Those things happen by thinking more about what you read.
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This is a classic Catch-22: since the system is so powerful (which is great!), making a change to it requires serious effort (which is hard!).
That’s why the celebration is the most important step. You have to give yourself recognition for this work you’re doing. Anything that increases your well-being and makes you feel you’ve accomplished something. Because you have–even after one time.
Think about the people you see every day. How many of them are incorporating new skills into their lives, actively finding ways to increase their joy and productivity? And how many are content going through the same stale routine, never growing or improving themselves?
If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
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Books help you with planning and strategy. They help you think in new ways and teach you concepts that are time-tested. They help you see the big picture of your business and how all the pieces fit together.
This makes you money.
People write books when they have big ideas to communicate. Valuable ideas. A book takes years or even decades of an author’s thinking and experience and distills it into a package you can read in a few hours. Talk about value. You’re getting a Big Bang for a few bucks.
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It was during these renaissances that I knew something was wrong. I’m not that quick on the uptake — it took me years to properly respond, to return books to their rightful role in my life. But I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t somehow, some way, come back from the brink of a book-less void.
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