One item that has been on my list of goals year after year is to read more (super unique, I know). Everyone I know who is super smart is almost inevitably well read. And when I do take the time to read, I get a ton of value out of it.
A couple pertinent quotes here:
There was a time in my life where I didn’t read much, and now I look back on it as the most superficial and bleak point of my existence.
In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.
Okay, so reading is important. Cool. But in 2017, I noticed I had a couple obstacles standing between me and unspeakable wisdom:
- I wasn’t reading enough. I got through books too slowly, and I often got “stuck” in the middle of books, resulting in me avoiding reading altogether.
- I wasn’t remembering what I was reading. In one ear (eye?) and out the other. Given that, I probably wasn’t much better off reading books than I was, say, staring at a wall for a few hours.
It became clear to me that despite wanting to read, I didn’t know how to read. So, I immediately ran down to my local elementary school to enroll in Grade 1 (or at least audit the reading comprehension classes).
After being escorted off the premises, I discovered Farnam Street’s The Art of Reading. This online course teaches you to read effectively because, as co-creator Shane Parish describes, “…the way that we go about reading has a profound impact on not only our understanding but also the time it takes us to get the relevant information that we want out of reading.”