My Top 5 Secrets to Reading
I always hated reading growing up.
In fact, I would do anything NOT to read…
I would either use SparkNotes or PinkMonkey (anyone remember those?) or I would just Google the book and read the summaries.
And law school made me hate reading even more.
You know when you’re forced to do something… so you just end up hating it even more?
That’s what reading felt like.
The more I was forced to read, the more I hated it.
Then law school ended… and I was never forced to read again.
For the first time in my life, reading wasn’t forced on me.
And at the same time, I got the biggest urge to discover as much as I ever wanted on any topic of my choice.
So I slowly started picking up reading again…
but this time, reading on my own — without being forced to read.
The more I read, the more I wanted to continue reading.
So on September 1, 2014, I set a goal.
A pretty bold goal…
to read 20 books in 1 year.
It seemed crazy at the time — given how much I frustratingly hated reading my entire life.
But I set my mind to it…
By September 1, 2015, I completed reading my 20th book in 1 year.
It felt great… it felt really great.
But I was just getting started…
On that very same day — on September 1, 2015, I set an even more bold goal…
to read 40 books in 1 year.
I set a goal to read twice as many books as I read the year before. It seemed crazy at the time because that meant finishing close to one book a week for an entire year.
Week and month goals are relatively easy…
But when you set long-year goals, it’s really easy to not stay consistent and fall off your goal.
Today is September 1, 2016 — a year after I set my year-long goal.
Not only was I able to achieve my goal, I superseed my own goal by reading 49 books in one year.
It feels great. And I feel SO much more educated and more mature.
I’m not sharing this story to brag about finishing my goal…
I’m sharing my story to share the immense positive effect I’ve gained from reading.
Reading is one of the most POSITIVE and GROWTH-INSPIRING influences in our lives.
I want to share my top 5 Secrets of Reading:
1. Only read what you’re interested in.
You’re not in school anymore. And no one’s forcing you to read anything that doesn’t intrigue you. Only read books that interest you.
2. NEVER stop reading a book after you already started.
It’s really easy to start a book. But the most common situation for most people is stop reading before you’re finished with the book.
The reason for that is that some books get boring in the middle — or you just found the book to not be as amazing as you expected.
And that’s okay… as long as you DON’T STOP READING… under no circumstance whatsoever. There’s always something to learn from every book.
So if you find your mind wandering, follow the next rule…
3. Read multiple books at once.
Why? Because books sometimes get redundant. As soon as that happens, you can pick up and read another book. Then when that book starts sounding boring, you can go back to your original book and it’ll sound fresh and exciting to you again.
This is a great trick to always keep it fresh and never get bored from reading.
4. Buy the PHYSICAL book… never buy an eBook.
If you want to actually read, buy the physical book. And don’t just download the book for free as an ebook.
There’s something very effective and compelling about reading from a physical book that you purchase with your own money that reading from an ebook doesn’t deliver.
If you want to better your chance of reading, buy the physical book. Trust me on this.
5. Always make sure you’re reading a book that you can apply to your life at the same time.
What I mean by this is that make sure whatever book you’re reading that it’s applicable to your current life right now.
If you’re in a relationship and you’re having a problem communicating, read a book on effective communication. If you’re doing Facebook ads for your business, read a book about Facebook ads. If you’re working on your happiness, read a book about happiness. You get the idea.
This is obvious but always make sure to read a book that’s applicable to your life… at the exact time as you’re reading it. If you can’t apply what you’re reading while you’re reading the book, you’re really losing out on the biggest effect of reading to grow.
Do NOT break any of these 5 Secrets of Reading if you want to read consistently and effectively.
Lastly, I wanted to share with you my book list I’ve read this year.
Every book I read is centered around 3 distinct topics:
1. Online business and online marketing
2. Self development, and
I always make sure to read one of each topics at all times.
Now the question is on you…
► Do you read? If so, what is your current favorite book?
► If not, will this post make you start reading?
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My 2016 Book List:
- Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love by Amir Levine — 300 pages — August 2016
- Pirkei Avos, The Way of Life: A Concise Book of Jewish Wisdom for All Ages — 220 pages — August 2016
- Email Persuasion: Captivate and Engage Your Audience, Build Authority and Generate More Sales with Email Marketing by Ian Brodie — 140 pages — August 2016
- The Greatest Sales in the World by OG Mandino — 110 pages — August 2016
- No B.S. Direct Marketing by Dan S. Kennedy — 160 pages — August 2016
- The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout — 130 pages — July 2016
- The Magic Touch: A Jewish Approach to Relationships by Gila Manolson — 110 pages — July 2016
- Emotional Intelligence for Sales Success: Connect with Customers and Get Results by Colleen Stanley — 200 pages — June 2016
- How to Get People to Do Stuff: Master the Art and Science of Persuasion and Motivation by Susan Weinschenk — 200 pages — June 2016
- Permission to Believe: Four Rational Approaches to G-d’s Existence by Lawrence Kelemen — 100 pages — June 2016
- 7 Traits: How to Change Your World by Shalom Denbo — 115 pages — June 2016
- The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor — 210 pages — May 2016
- The Garden of Riches: A Practical Guide to Financial Success by Rabbi Shalom Arush — 250 pages — May 2016
- Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online by Jeff Walker — 180 pages — May 2016
- 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More by Perry Marshall — 225 pages — May 2016
- Ultimate Guide to Google Adwords by Perry Marshall — 370 pages — May 2016
- Click Millionaires: Work Less, Live More with an Internet Business You Love by Scott Fox — 260 pages — May 2016
- The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz — 140 pages — In April 2016
- Jews Got Questions? by Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff — 310 words — April 2016
- 108 Proven Split Test Winners: Simple Tweaks You Can Make to Your Website, So You Can Make More Money Now by DotComSecrets Labs — 140 pages — April 2016
- AskGaryVee One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media & Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk — 350 pages — April 2016
- Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present moment and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn — 170 pages — April 2016
- The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire by David Deida — 200 pages — March 2016
- How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish — 280 pages — 275 pages — March 2016
- The Way of the Super Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire by David Deida — 200 pages — March 2016
- Living Inspired by Akiva Tatz — 210 pages — March 2016
- Content Marketing for Lawyers by Michele Ruiz — 160 pages — March 2016
- 101 Crucial Lessons They Don’t Teach you in Business School by Chris Haroun — 140 pages — February 2016
- How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes — 340 pages — February 2016
- Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want by Peter Bregman — 250 pages — February 2016
- Dotcom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online by Russel Brunson — 255 pages — January 2016
- The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman — 200 pages — January 2016
- Contemporary and Classic Issues Through the Prism of Torah by Rabbi Yissocher Frand — 250 pages — January 2016
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Vicktor E. Frankl — 160 pages — January 2016
- The Art of Asking or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer — 320 pages — December 2015
- Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini — 280 pages — December 2015
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell — 285 pages — November 2015
- Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business by Chris Ducker — 255 pages — November 2015
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill — 220 pages — November 2015
- Male and Female — He Created Them: A Guide to Classical Torah Commentary on the Roles and Natures of Men and Women by Yisrael Ben Reuven — 220 pages — November 2015
- The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman — 375 pages — November 2015
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg — 300 pages — October 2015
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey — 330 pages — October 2015
- The Concepts and Laws of Proper Speech As Formulated by Sefer Chofetz Chaim — 270 pages — October 2015
- The Jewish Theory of Everything by Max Anteby — 190 pages — September 2015
- Heaven on Earth: Down to Earth Jewish Spirituality — 300 pages — September 2015
- Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing by Roger Dooley — 260 pages — September 2015
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell — 280 pages — September 2015
- Living Emunah: Achieving A Life of Serenity through Faith by Rabbi David Ashear — 320 pages — September 2015
About the Author:
Sam Mollaei, Esq. is an online business entrepreneur, writer, and business lawyer for entrepreneurs.
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