Don't Waste Your Time On Books (Plus: Get A Free Book)

Written by Paul on May 23rd, 2008


Now that you’ve followed my advice to buy some books. (You did get the books, right?) Here are two awesome tips on how to read a business book:

1. Decide, before you start, that you’re going to change three things about what you do all day at work. Then, as you’re reading, find the three things and do it. The goal of the reading, then, isn’t to persuade you to change, it’s to help you choose what to change.

2. If you’re going to invest a valuable asset (like time), go ahead and make it productive. Use a postit or two, or some index cards or a highlighter. Not to write down stuff so you can forget it later, but to create marching orders. It’s simple: if three weeks go by and you haven’t taken action on what you’ve written down, you wasted your time.

Next, take 15 minutes to read a short, free ebook on getting the most out of non-fiction reading, check out How to Read a Book by Paul N. Edwards.

That’s it – don’t waste another minute on your books. Use these tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your investment.

Have some tips of your own? Post them in the comments – I’ll pick the best ones and personally buy you a business book.

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4 Responses to “Don't Waste Your Time On Books (Plus: Get A Free Book)”

  • Diana D. Jarvis

    Expand your horizons. Read a memoir or biography of someone you admire to see how they handled real life challenges. Read about someone else’s religion to gain a better understanding of how other people think. Read a book of poetry to improve your grasp of language — and to feed your soul, which is never a waste of time.

    — 05/29/08 at 11:48 am

  • Diana D. Jarvis

    A more prosaic tip is to give the book your full attention. Reading and multitasking don’t mix well even though many people have been conditioned to believe that they must multitask every waking moment.

    — 06/05/08 at 7:29 am

  • jack

    Interesting post. But sometimes I feel business books are too verbose and do not come to the point. You may want to check out getabstract.com, they summarize business books pretty well. Information overload is often the problem nowadays.

    — 06/05/08 at 2:06 pm

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