There is a difference between simply reading and actually studying – a serious difference

One person said that there is a difference between reading a book and studying a book.  Yes; there is indeed! 

There is always more to learn.  And quick shallow dives into serious material will teach you very little.

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Left to my own devices, I would fix instant oatmeal in the microwave.  But, my wife prepares oatmeal the old fashioned way; on the stove, cooking it rather slowly (in my mind).

Guess which one tastes better?  Guess which one is better for me?

Yep, the old fashioned way.  The kind that takes time to prepare.

But…we live in a microwave, instant era, don’t we?

I have a confession. The very name of this web site is 15minutebusinessbooks.com.  But, the reality is that I now spend about 25 minutes presenting each synopsis.

And, I always wish I had more time…

And, when a company or organzation hires me to present one of my synopses to their teams members, I spend between one hour and two hours on a single synopsis, complete with lessons and takeaways, and “how can we apply this at our place” discussion.

People ask me if I am a speed-reader.  I can read fast; but I read books that I prepare and present quite slowly.  Slowly; deliberately.  I highlight dozens (hundreds) of passages in the book. I read, and stop, and ponder, and read, and stop, and ponder…

It is a slow process to read a book carefully and well – at least it is for me.

And, though it is possible to simply listen to my synopses, and barely skim the handouts, it won’t do you as much good as taking a slower, deeper dive.

My synopsis handouts are 10-12 pages.  They are pretty comprehensive.  And, I am convinced that if you listen, follow along with pen in hand, mark up your copy of the handout, and THEN READ IT ONE MORE TIME, COVER TO COVER, WITHIN THE SEVEN DAYS OR SO AFTER YOU ATTEND OR LISTEN TO MY SYNOPSIS, you have a shot a learning the key lessons and principles and warnings found in the book.

{Of course, if you read the book for yourself – with pen in hand to highlight passages, and taking notes as you read, that would be even better.  One person said that there is a difference between reading a book and studying a book.  Yes; there is indeed!}

This post is a simple appeal to take your studying seriously.  For all the years of your lifelong-learning life.

"Keep Learning" -- It's right there on our bookmarks - Click on image for full view

“Keep Learning” — It’s right there on our bookmarks – Click on image for full view

There is always more to learn.  And quick shallow dives into serious material will teach you very little.


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