How much do I want to read more? 7/10
Although it's a short book, with some well-known ideas,
it's a great collection of advice, philosophy of life, mindset to deal with life's challenges.
Short and Sweet, No Fluff
[quote, Alwyn Cosgrove]
“Give me a one-page bullet-list of exactly what I should do. That’s worth more to me than a stack of books that I have to dig through to get to the good stuff. I may give you 50 bucks for the books. But I’ll pay you $5,000 for the one page.”
Chapter 1: Read More (Simple, but Powerful)
The Science of Reading
Tech giant Elon Musk credits “The Lord of the Flies” with shaping his worldview and Mark Cuban talks about how “The Fountainhead” influenced his work ethic.
How to Read
Most importantly, you need to be able to recall and apply the knowledge when you need it most.
Identify Important Passages
Read With Purpose
Think to yourself “I want to learn how to improve my business” and then structure your reading around that. Look for ideas in the book that will help you reach that goal.
By giving your subconscious mind a target, or goal, your reading will be much more focused and productive.
Engage With the Book
It may seem a bit odd, but engaging in a dialogue with what you are reading can be helpful. For example, if you read a passage, think about that passage for a moment. Ask yourself “where do I agree with this passage and where do I disagree with this passage?” I often find it helpful to pretend that I am explaining the passage to someone who has not read the book. This can help you both understand the passage and commit it to memory.
Like they say, when one teaches, two learn.
What Kind of Things to Read
Magazine and newspaper articles are informative, timely, and are often written with an emphasis on getting to the point as quickly as possible, which makes them quite useful.
Chapter 2: Make More Mistakes (Yes, You Read That Right)
I can honestly say, that even though my failures were painful and disappointing, they were invaluable because they showed me what works and what doesn’t.
In a day and age where people demand instant gratification and unearned success, we have become accustomed to seeing success and mistakes as polar opposites.
The simple truth is that the two are bound together and inseparable. For any worthwhile endeavor from learning a language, to driving a car, to approaching a mate, to learning how to walk, it’s really, really difficult to succeed at anything on your first try.
[quote, Michael Jordan]
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
The logic behind this is simple, if you learn from a mistake, then that is more valuable than a hundred successes where you don’t learn anything.
The Science of Learning From Mistakes
“We see talent as something inborn. But it's not inborn at all. Anyone can learn to write headlines or draw cartoons, or do anything to an exceptional degree—if they make enough mistakes and proceed to eliminate the mistakes.
But how can you eliminate mistakes if you don't make them in the first place? The only way out of this trap is to have a system to make mistakes.”
The ability to learn from mistakes and failures is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves because it’s inherently a confident, aggressive, and productive attitude.
Mistakes are the FASTEST way the brain learns.