Reading is the fastest way to learn about any topic you want to learn, and sometimes teaches us, and even makes us rethink things we had never crossed his mind. And that is to grow. The author George Martin said after “a reader lives a thousand lives before dying while the person who never reads lives only one life.” Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates … are people a thousand lives, which are avid readers recognize that never stopped reading, and therefore never ceased to grow as people.

Reading alone will not you guarantee success, but the most successful people on the planet, they all have in common is their love of reading and continuous learning, so we can deduce that the success is to read and learn from others who have had success or They are talking about how they did some successful people.

But even reading has its techniques and parameters. And you can read 100 books and say that you have read 100 books, when in fact only have visualized pages 100 books. The guys at Art of Charm emphasize this sense, then say if you’re like most people, your reading, and learning retention, probably under the brightest and most intelligent readers minds.


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Can you remember the main points of the article you read 10 minutes ago ?, and therefore that article that you liked the week Last ?, do you remember of that biography you read a couple of years ago?

Here are 6 techniques / tips to ensure that we learn from what we are reading, to retain that information and apply it in life, in our career or in the Business.


1. Identify your purpose.

To get to learn reading, we must first understand what we are reading. That is, if you buy a book, what is our purpose or objective about that book: mere entertainment or learning Once we identified our purpose, and it is to learn, for instance, sales, we should probably start reading the best books on sales techniques and sales strategies.


These books can combine with other books on psychology and / or motivation, which often can become more useful for sales books sales concepts and beaten by the authors. And we continue. Once we know the techniques and sales strategies, and also understand the psychology of the customer, and we can proceed to study the best sellers in their field, and how they achieved success through its ability in sales.

That’s when these concepts emerge as you read the story of that person, and perfectly understand the stories of that person. That is, you not only will read, but also think, because if the reading does not make you think, or you have a wrong book or you are not reading properly.


2. Participates with what you read.

Some people read a book as if listening to a lecture. We read these words that resonate in our minds as a monolog of a person. Then let the author speak until just talking (we finished the book), but probably not agree to us in time what the author said. In contrast, another type of reader rather see the book as a conversation, in order to capture the key ideas and remember for many years (probably forever). Tim Ferris, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” is one who recognizes that he thinks the material you are reading, highlighted the passages that you liked and even write their impressions or objections.

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If a passage from an author challenges you mentally, take note of it, whether you do not agree as if you thought surprisingly great. When actively participate with the book and you highlight the key ideas, you dramatically increase your ability to absorb reading. That’s when you’re not just reading; Now you’re learning.


3. Leave aside the reading speed.

There are books I’ve taken 240 pages to read more hours than one of 350 pages.Most readers are obsessed with speed reading techniques, when the truth is that reading, when we try to learn is one of the things that benefit the peace, especially during the most important parts of a book.In the most cases, the reading speed is not always commensurate with the processing of the underlying data, rather it is inversely proportional.

Want to read a book that you have heard that you have to read at least 100 books, or really want to learn the content books? Some authors ideas are too important to not dwell on some sentences or comments, read quietly and rereelers even go backward. If your goal is to learn, take your time. If your goal is distracted by reading, do as you like. Finally, as we read more and more, our reading speed increases, and our brain begins to process letters and ideas much faster, especially if we engage with the book.


4. Choose the appropriate format.

In my case, as I said some time ago in another article: The day the books no longer exist only on paper and can be read through a digital display that day will end my passion for reading. Today we can choose print books, e-books, and audiobooks. Mine are printed books. In fact, I have the need to touch the paper (I love the smell of new book). Too many investigations that give me the right about the usefulness of the printed book

With respect to books, although it is true that they are the least retention are part of the reader (the least useful), it is also true that can be used during exercise or are driving, which, for those moments become production.

Electronic books are gaining ground to be cheaper, and have the advantage that you can carry more than 100 books in a digital reader for use at the time you want, but several studies suggest that digital formats make it difficult to understand information and that can drain key mental resources. Finally, what we saved on the electronic book, it seems that we pay in learning.

Now, for those who only choose digital books for the price, not comfort, only tell you that an e-book, at the time you pay, its value is zero. Ie, you can not sell it while the printed book will always have a value as a second hand book.


5. Write the key ideas.



If you write what you read, you might as ensure you do not forget. And I say this from experience. As you can see, I usually do many items drawing the books I read and I read. Always adding my own opinions and feelings, and even texts that are already etched in my mind and probably belong to other books already read long ago.

If you read learn, if you teach others what you learn, you learn even more, and also not forgotten.

I will now sincere with you with something funny.

I recommended the book of Machiavelli because everyone said it was a must-read book. To me it seemed the biggest crap I’ve ever read. In fact, as I read it I said to myself, “Wow tostón book, what do I co ** reading this crap But of course, even more book crap you find, has some key ideas?.

I was pointing out passages from Machiavelli that seemed interesting, and I could draw some useful lessons. .


6. Apply what you read.

Finally, if you read a motivational book in which he says that to succeed you must be a person of action, and after reading it you keep lying on the sofa, it is clear that something has failed in the reader ,, and not in the book.

Reading can transform your life, literally.

There are books that some people seem excellent, while others will be useless. The same book, a person inspires, and other bores, but virtually any book that has inspired or helped at least one person, you probably have great ideas that we can apply. If only a couple of pages 300, you can always draw a useful lesson.

A book is, in a sense, the point of view of a person, a person’s ideas, his view on something. In any case, we are receiving a contribution of a person, from which we can learn, or we can refute with our lessons learned, albeit on the basis of the contributions received by other authors of books.

Remember that reading is not only to read, but to learn. And we only learn when we keep what we read and apply.

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