Reading is worth every minute

Own your knowledge to the fullest

Biting the Bullet - A Lesson from Alex Hormozi

I finished a 15 day challenge to write a thread…

Every.

Single.

Day.

So this is going to be a shorter newsletter since I need to step back a assess what just happened…

I also need to plan out the next challenge (the process of which I’ll share next week).

So let’s dig in to something VERY important from Alex’s 14 Life Lessons video.

You can watch it here:

Today, I want to focus on his fourth life lesson about quality vs. quantity…

Let’s explore this idea.

So Much Power

The fourth tip, if you watched the video, goes like this:

You get more out of reading 1 great book 5x than reading 5 mediocre books.

Alex Hormozi

He’s right…

How many books have we read in our lives that were downright useless?

When I was young, there was plenty of time to waste reading them…

But you didn’t really waste that time, right?

You needed to learn to read effectively and actively…all the ways to integrate knowledge through the written word.

So yeah, you read every short, crappy book you could.

You put in the reps and get good at reading.

As you get older, your priorities change.

Time becomes more valuable.

You don’t want to waste it.

So you stop reading.

Bad move.

Let’s fix that.

Read With Purpose

In this day and age, I believe 99% of the population is terrified of the following questions:

  1. Would you like to dance?

  2. Tell me about yourself.

  3. What are you reading?

Any one of these leaves most in a blubbering, stammering mess with any number of excuses or an immediate grab for the phone to:

  • pretend to be on the phone OR

  • call the police

In any case, I suggest you get good at answering these three questions.

And yes, the first is totally unrelated to anything (but I thought I’d get your attention anyway because I love to dance).

So back to the point Alex makes about reading…

If you’re going to read a book, own it.

Read it cover to cover.

Books are made to do three things:

  1. Transfer knowledge in a consistent and enduring format

  2. To earn the writer wealth, authority, and/or fame

  3. To promote an idea or story

These days, anyone can write with the focus on the last two, but writing with the focus on the first naturally provides the second and third points.

Those are the books worth reading repeatedly…

A great book entertains and educates.

Read to learn.

Read a book and change your behavior or ideas.

Otherwise, you didn’t learn anything, and you wasted your time.

So here’s my next challenge to myself…

Read More…A Lot More

My challenge to myself will be:

  • to finish a book in one month

  • to write what I learn on Twitter

  • to take action and teach it as I go

These are the books I want to start with:

And yes, there are a lot more books that need my attention, but these have been mentioned far too many times for me to ignore.

I’m looking forward to this experience!

The Takeaway

So to recap:

Quality is more important than quantity when it comes to reading.

Here’s what I want to do this month:

  1. Read a book.

  2. Act on the lessons.

  3. Teach what I learn from the experience.

The sooner we start understanding this, the sooner we start moving towards being better and learning more deeply.

Here’s this week’s actionable exercise:

Think about a book that you’ve read in the past that really, truly impacted you…

  • How many times did you read it?

  • When was the last time you talked about it or acted on it?

  • Would you consider re-reading it and making changes to your life now?

If you’ve only read incredibly books once in your life, it may be time to read them again.

As Ryan Holiday says:

We never read the same book twice. Because we’ve changed. The perceptions about the book have changed. What we’re going through in this very moment is new and different.

Ryan Holiday

This is the first exercise in self-renewal.

Thought of the week:

An Inspirator is constantly seeking ways to educate themselves and others…

Thanks for sticking with me to the end.

I’m looking forward to clarifying on what this newsletter is all about as I go.

I’m blindly going about it to some extent, and it’s time to dig into a new area of my mind…

For now, it’s time to go and actually rest for once!

Vince

P.S. Things are starting to change for me, so bear with me in the coming weeks!

P.P.S. Email me back with a book that you’re enjoying!