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How to read better?

Forward of The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau


Henri Rousseau wants to be an artist. Not a single person has ever told him he’s talented. He is a toll collector.He is forty years old.But he bought art supplies and started painting anyway. 


Being an avid fan of watercolor painting myself, I cry when I read his self-taught art journey. His work is only accepted when he is old and his family had died of sickness and poverty. And now I remembers this artist every time I walk in a gallery.


Reading is important because it’s the fastest way to learn. For some, it’s a natural thing to do, others required some motivation to read. Not all reads are equal, research have shown that active readers learn more than a passive reader. I guess that means if you read the words you will fall asleep. If you engage the book, it would reward you. So, how could we read with maximum impact? 


Read 25 page a day

Starting a habit of 25 page a day will allow you to read 8,900 page in a year! Like the tale of turtle and rabbit race, consistency beats pace.  Here’s some world best classic: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, On The Road by Jack Kerouac.


Read non-fiction with a roadmap 

Reading non-friction is like reading a text book. Yes, there’s stories but in order to internalize what you learnt, it requires more than just a read through. Here’s how some expert readers read non-friction book.

  1. Start with reading the index and content of the book, then decide if you going to actually read the book.  
  2. Draw a discovery road map of the book and explain to someone the concept. 
  3. Set up 90 days of actionable steps based on what you learn from the book.

This is what differentiates people who learn and people who read but never learns.

On my list: The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst, What’s Best Next by Matt Perman.


Read magazines with a scissors 

Cut the portion that you like to keep and toss away the magazine. This will save you time and reduce clutter.

Or actually, just read a digital version of magazine.


Read technical papers with keywords search

I personally find it easier to read journal papers online with keywords search. 


Read only newspaper headlines

The information on the news is just too broad and general. You could start a conversation with the headlines. Chances are the many words in the articles not going to be meaningful to you. 


Skip the advertisement reviews

It’s simple. Skip writings that are trying to sell you something because it’s very bias to hold it as truth.

Thank you for reading until the end. If you find this useful, start reading.

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