How to Read Books
There are many ways to read a book, probably as many as there are readers. Thought to share with you one effective approach to reading and getting the most out of a great book. Great books are like a gold mine, full of ideas to help you live a better life. Remember that knowledge by itself has little value; the application of knowledge has the power to transform lives.
1. Quick read. The goal is to capture what the book is all about. Find the main message of the book and the key concept throughout the book.
2. Read. Read the book cover to cover. Highlight the main points. Write notes on the edges of the pages for future reference. This will help with the next step. Hunt for useful information to be applied. Write your name on the first blank page, date started and date finished.
3. Read again and study. Look for key ideas to be applied immediately. Highlight and write the main points of view of the author and yours.
4. Study and apply. This is the second quick read. Focus on the ideas from each chapter. Choose the ideas to apply immediately.
5. Apply and reflect. Document the results from the application of the knowledge gained.
6. Reflect and learn. Document on back of the book the value contained in the book.
7. Learn and share. Share the book title with others. Share how the book has helped you. When we share we learn.
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Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy