Revealed! 4 Simple Ways To Read Effectively. (Y! SuperBlogger)

To read too many books is harmful.

Mao Zedong (1893 – 1976)

Chinese statesman.

Knowledge is power. Readers are leaders. These are two of the most popular quotes about reading. They inspire me. They make me want to just grab any material, all materials and read. I enjoy the euphoria and satisfaction that comes with having something to contribute on certain topics. The nearest to that feeling is when I *coughs* cum. So … serene! So heavenly!

My laptop is full of eBooks on various topics, both relevant and irrelevant. Each time I learn about a new book or new concept. I look for materials on it, either by borrowing or buying. I am such a sucker for information and that has brought me so much troubles that I wrote about here.

While reading has improved my vocabulary, perceptions, thoughts, and widened my horizon about various issues. I have found out some truths about reading of any kind and I do concur with Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626). Who said “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” And I may proceed to say that in fact some books are not to be read at all.

Another truth I stumbled upon is this; You can not possibly know everything and can’t read every book.  This is why I love to use this concept “selective reading” or “purposeful reading.” It is really a very simple concept. It is the art of reading on purpose and I have outlined the steps later in this article.

Just like Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) said “A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.” I do believe we should not just read for reading sake or else we set ourselves up for “information overload.”

How then do I practice selective or purposeful reading?

1 Decide on what topics, issues you desire to know more about. This could be something in your line of career, personal development or business. Eg photography.

2 Streamline your topic. This can be achieved by asking this question. What aspect of photography do I need to know more about?   Still photography, fashion photography, digital photography, analog photography, photography editing, etc.

3. Search for books on these subjects and read accordingly.

4. Practice what you read. Whatever things you have learnt in your area of interest, endeavor to apply because “Reading books is learning, but application is also learning and the more important form of learning.” Mao Zedong (1893 – 1976) Chinese statesman.

By using the four steps above you would have eliminated the clutter in your library.

Have fun reading effectively.

How Reading ebooks Has Made Me Lazy.

As a writer, I get a lot of  inspiration from reading other books. Each time I read a literature, I find it easy to highlight sections of books that trigger my interests. In fact I have my scribbling pad by me every time , so I can jot my thoughts and insights as they reveal themselves. All these occurred when I read traditional books. (holding the paper)

However with the advent of e-books, my efficiency has dropped drastically. While e-books are easier to read, and digital,

1. They do not provide me the opportunity to make notes as I’d love to. The closest I could ever come to was copying the texts that speak to me into a word processing program. By the time I go over the notes it becomes lucid.

2. The closest I’ve gone to enjoying  e-books is to set the views to double page instead of the default single page adobe offers.

3. Reading is slower when reading e-books.- Because you have to scan through the screen of whatever device you are using and because the device is a source of light, reading is always slower than in traditional books.

4. I get tired if the book is over 100 pages. – Once the book is over 100 pages I may have to read it in 4 or 5 installments.

5. Power Supply is always an issue.- You know the kind of nation we reside in and the canker-worms destroying our power sector. There are times I’d want to read but no charges on my laptop or mobile phone.

Why Dropping Out of School May Not Guarantee Your Success.

Consider these facts

More than 50% of all CEO’s of fortune 500 companies had a C or C average in college.

65% of all US senators came from the bottom half of their class.

75% of US presidents were in the lower half club in school.

More than 80% of American entrepreneurs never finished college.

Wole Soyinka professor and Nobel laureate graduated with a 3rd class in university of Ibadan.

Dangote the richest man in Africa never went to college.

Cosmos Maduka  elementary school drop out and billionaire founder of the Coscharis Group.

 

Each time people talk about success and its antecedents, I hear a lot of statistics like above. People quote different sources to buttress the fact that success is not often determined by academic intelligence. In fact some go as far as stating that if you do not perform well in school is a pointer that you may/do not need academics to succeed. So we have a lot of academic potentials wasting away under the guise of “it doesn’t matter what I graduate with as long as I know what I want to do with my life”. While the argument may hold some water, oftentimes I am wont to believe that those who push such ideas do so in order to cover their academic incompetence. However, one needs to examine the premise on which such assumptions stand.

With the likes of bill gates, late Steve jobs, and more recently Mark Zuckerberg, topping the list of successful, wealthy dropouts, their stories seems to eclipse the list of successful, wealthy graduates. One also needs to analyze why the latter are sometimes less recognized and celebrated.

I believe, for every successful dropout, there should be at least 10/20 successful graduates if not more. The message that “if Bill Gates (or anyone else) can do it, you can too” need to be examined. Agreed that they are dropouts, was that the only factor that determined their success? The concept of such messages I believe is FOCUS ( spelt out Following One Course Until Success), without which no one can succeed in any endeavor with or without academics. These great men of our time were not only focused on their lives vocation, they had a definite purpose. For them it wasn’t for the money or fame (at least not in the beginning.) They only set out to achieve their heart desires. Something they had immense passion for. How many of those who tout such beliefs ever really make it like those they model? I can bet it with you that Bill Gates and others like him are not the only one who stopped schooling to pursue their perceived life purposes. How many of them do we know?

World over we have several successful men and women who went through school. Ben Carson is one. A neurosurgeon without match. Robert Rowling, the owner of the holding company controlling the Omni Hotels and Gold’s Gym chains. Jerry Yang,  co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc, to mention a few.  These people have made enormous impacts on our lives. However, they were not only successful because they went to school. Rather, other factors contributed towards their achievements. They were also resilient, focused and passionate about their life purposes. It is also obvious that even intelligence has a threshold, because there are far more intelligent graduates who aren’t successful either. So if intelligence gets you running up to certain speed and set you loose. Something else takes you up from there, what exactly is that thing? Divinity, Creativity?

Until we define certain concepts like success, understand our identity, and of course screen the people we lend our “ear time” to or read from, it won’t be long before we start having our best brains dropping out of schools.

So the question is; what really is needed to succeed in life? Common sense, practical intelligence, financial intelligence, creativity, attitudes or opportunities? Kindly use the comment box below to air your views. Thanks.