This was a very interesting article, but I think I got as much from the comments as from the article itself. I’m interested in reading more, but I need a plan that will work for me. So here’s what I gleaned:
- Read a lot of books and read every day.
- Set a goal for the number of books to read in a month.
- Quality may be more important than quantity.
- Find the books that appeal to you most, don’t just read anything.
- Really study non-fiction books, even take notes.
- Work at putting into action what you learn.
- Mix fiction with non-fiction; you can gain from both.
- It’s OK to listen to audio books as well.
- Don’t read too many books at the same time.
10. Reading good articles (like this one) count as well.
I think my biggest challenge is finding great books that really engage me. I find many non-fiction books very repetitive and most could be half the length. And not enough are based on real experience and well-written. Lots of fluff, speculation, shallow research and compiling a lot of ideas that don’t hang together well.
I’m also done with the whole self-improvement, personal growth and success category. Read enough for a lifetime. And although I’m a marketing consultant I’m bored by most books on marketing and selling.
Anyhow, thinking out loud here. More research is needed!