This is the ninth book in the series Learning Together and Leading Together where we are going through the Personal MBA plan curated by Josh Kaufman. Our goal is to get through 99 books this year. Do we read the whole book? Nope. We digest the summary(s) of the book and I give my thoughts and you give your thoughts. Feel free to follow along and comment if you would like.
Josh has been kind enough to write a summary of this book and breaks down the book into 10 points. I encourage you to read the full summary. Here are the 10 points from that summary:
- Linear Reading is Inefficient – You Don’t Have to Read Every Word to Extract Value from Non-Fiction Material
- Pick Your Battles: Ruthlessly Edit Your Reading Pile
- Questions Before Content: The Power of Purpose-Setting
- Priming: The Benefit of a Quick Preview
- The Thought is Faster Than the Word
- Your Eyes Can Absorb More Information Than You Think
- Take Notes for Better Comprehension and Retention
- Eliminate Distractions for Best Results
- Challenge the Author – Capture Your Questions and Objections
- Reading is Not Enough – Focus on ApplyingWhat You Read
Main idea of the book: It is possible to comprehend non-fiction material very quickly. You do not have to read every word of a non-fiction book. It is important to comprehend and APPLY it.
These ideas stretched me:
- The purpose of reading non-fiction is not to simply read the book – it’s to learn something useful.
- The biggest barrier to faster reading is subvocalization: sounding-out words verbally instead of thinking them.
- Purpose-Setting is the act of deciding what you want to learn by reading this material.
My Thoughts: I should have started out reading this book for this exercise of getting through 99 books (book summaries, ideas or whatever you want to call this). I think it would have helped me a lot. That said, putting these principals into practice have increased my reading speed.
I don’t read a lot of fiction books. I never have. I read a lot of non-fiction material. Everything from blogs, to tweets, to book summaries, to Facebook posts. I try and download as much as I can as quickly as I can. Why? I want to be able to apply the best information out there. I want to learn as much as I can so that I can help myself but more importantly help others better. I read the Bible a lot as well. It is harder for me to get through a book in the Bible than it is for me to get through a Seth Godin or Jim Collins book. 🙂
I do think everyone should read this book. It will help you read faster. It will also help you agree with my post on why I don’t think we need to read the entire book of business books. You can see that here.
How about you? What did you think of this book?