“Books and doors are the same things. You open them, and you go through into another world.” – Jeanette Winterson
I have personally learned to go beyond just reading books. I’ve adopted studying books instead. I chose to get out of the race of “How many books have you read last year?” or “How many books do you read per month?”
I have learned that to acquire a habit of reading is to construct a refuge for yourself from almost all the mini-series of life. My high school teacher once said to me: “When you open a book, you open the world” and these words got stuck in my mind.
I realised that it matters very little as to how many books you have actually read if nothing ever gets implemented. Since this approach, I’ve become more skilful and have seen and felt changes in my life. It’s so easy and tempting to get swallowed up in the race of being book smart without tangible results to show for your theoretical knowledge which remains untested.
So, how do I study the book, you may ask? Now, I take about three months or more just on one book. I get an amazing idea from the book and I stop reading it, put it away and implement the idea. Once I am comfortable that the habit is installed, I carry on reading the book for other life-changing ideas and continue doing the same thing of stopping and implementing if I find another awesome idea. The second thing I do is to re-read the same book once again after finishing it the first time. You’ll be amazed at how much you can pick up again on your second read. This approach will revolutionise your life, trust me.
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