At the start of 2015, one of my resolutions was to become a gold digger...kind of. You see, whenever I tell people my resolution was to read a book a day, they usually look at me with either a look of disgust and jealousy because I'm so special that I can read that fast, or a discredulous look of dismissal, as that is impossible for anyone.
I understand both these reactions because the flaw in my resolution is simply the English language, and how people personally define the word 'read.' More people than not know they should read more, yet they rarely do. I used to be one of those people, gobbling up a sci fi book a month as a child. But when it came to anything non-fiction, I was always failing to finish books. You can imagine how this failing strategy supported me in school work.
Whether through fate or random fortune, late last year I stumbled upon Tai Lopez and his book a day club. His philosophy: the goal of reading is the acquisition of knowledge, not the processing of words. It struck me harder than a truck (and I know what that feels like from experience). Years ago I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad. In it, Robert Kiyosaki claims that only 10 percent of what we read is retained. Both men were onto something
I'm a gold digger. I 'read' the book in less than an hour, looking for that one (or more) piece of information that applies to my current state of growth. The mistake I used to make was believing that I had to read the whole book to learn. Thanks American School system. It's only been a month, yet after reading 31 books, I can already feel a massive change in my character.
And that change is what I will be posting. These won't be book reviews, although you will garner some information from my change. These will be my experience with the book, and how the author's message comes across, and what I might have gathered from the wisdom.
Read with Omid. Grow with Omid. Succeed with Omid