I recently came across an old article titled, “The Simple Truth Behind Reading 200 Books a Year.” Many of you know I’m an avid reader and podcast listener, so the title grabbed my attention.
The author cogently explains how we can easily find time to read 200 books a year. But, I think he completely misses the point by focusing on the quantity of what we read. Checking a book off a list does not make us smarter or even mean we learned anything. The question shouldn’t be: “How many books did you read this year?” The better question is: “What knowledge and understanding did you get from your reading?”
So the next time you crack open a book, try the ideas that I use to help me get the most from what I’m reading:
While the goal of reading 200 books may be admirable, your real goal should be to read with a specific process to retain the information and gain knowledge so that you can put into practice what you have read.
What books have you learned the most from so far in 2019? What is on your reading list for the rest of 2019?