Wednesday, March 20, 2024

3 Phases of Reading Non-Fiction

"The brain is a muscle, and I'm a kind of body-builder." 
-Karl Lagerfeild

The brain is like a muscle and reading is how you exercise it. When reading non-fiction, we go through 3 phases:
  • Initial Struggle - We don't remember, or understand, what we just read.
  • Gradual Retention - We remember some of what we've read.
  • Application - We study/apply what we've read.
The most difficult part is to begin as we don't see the point of reading if we don't remember what we just read. If we're able to get through it then a wonderful world of self discovery opens to us. I would encourage you to read non-fiction - start small with only 2 pages a day. One of the best habits you can get into is the habit of reading as it has the power to improve every other aspect of your life.

"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."
-Mark Twain 

 If you're wondering where to start, the below are some books that I've enjoyed reading with how difficult, I thought, they were to understand:
  • The below are easy to read:
    • "The 5 love languages" by Gary Chapman
    • "Personality PLUS" by Florence Littauer
    • "Alexander the Great" by Jacob Abbott
  • The below are of a normal difficulty to read:
    • "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey
    • "Enlightenment Now" by Steven Pinker
  • The below are challenging to read:
    • "Living Issues in Philosophy" by Harold H. Titus and Marilyn Smith
As I get older, I sometime feel like I'm falling behind and learning new things, from a non-fiction book, has helped alleviate those feelings.

Happy Reading!

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