The One Reason You Need to Get Over Your Brain Pickings Addiction Today

Hi. I’m Jonathan, and I’m a recovering Brain Pickings addict.

If you haven’t yet had your fix, take a hit here. But be warned… Brain Pickings is an intoxicating drug that will lull you into the curious world of interesting ideas, literature, and art. After reading just a few blog entries…

I was addicted.

When I say addict, I’m not exaggerating. It was the only blog on my favorites list. I wore yellow and black outfits. I even brought thick literature books to the gym.

That’s when I realized that I had a problem.

There was a mountain of knowledge on that site. And I had so little time to get through it all. It was like trying to shove a boulder through a funnel. All that information just wasn’t getting into my mind fast enough.

Was there a better way to learn than this rapid gobbling of information?

10 Books vs. 10,000 Books

I found my answer while reading Demian Farnworth’s article titled “How My admiration for Maria Popova Turned into Jealousy (but Not for Long)” where he writes:

“She’s the perfect generalist. Stated another way, It’s how many books she gets inside, not how many books get inside of her…if I had to choose, for a lifetime of reading, I think I would prefer to master ten books as opposed to inhaling ten thousand.”

Francine Prose proclaims this idea in her book “Reading Like A Writer”:

With so much reading ahead of you, the temptation might be to speed up. But in fact it’s essential you slow down and read every word. Because one important thing that can be learned by reading slowly is the seemingly obvious but oddly under appreciated fact that language is the medium we use in much the same way a composer uses notes, the way a painter uses paint… words are the ram material out of which literature is crafted.

The Best Way to Learn Quickly:

Stop inhaling Books. Take them in slowly. Investigate the choices between words. Ask questions.

It’s so counterintuitive in a world where we rip through blogs for fast answers. Here is the lesson:

If you want to learn faster, read less and absorb more.

Ok? Let’s leave the rapid reading to Maria Popova and use a more effective method of learning: reading slow.

Tomorrow I’ll share my method for mastering the one Book that is worth investing time into (it even made it onto Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Reading List).

Leave a few claps if this helped break your BrainPickings addiction (although I’m not sure my Addiction will ever be fully broken.)