Ernest Hemingway has quite rightly said that There is no friend as loyal as a book. Books help us open our imagination and open opportunities that we may not have once dreamt of.
One of the richest persons on this planet Bill Gates reads about 50 books a year, which breaks down to about one a week. He told Quartz in an interview about the four things he does to get the most out of his reading. We’ve broken down some of things Bill Gates does to read the book.
1. Taking notes on the margins of the book
He says, “You’ve got to be careful that you are really concentrating particularly if it’s a non-fiction book. Are you taking the new knowledge and sort of attaching it to the knowledge that you have. For me taking notes helps make sure that I’m really thinking hard about what’s in (the book)”
If I disagree with the book and sometime it takes a long time to read the book.
2. Don’t start what you can’t finish
“I don’t want to make an exception. It’s my rule to get to the end.”
3. Paper books over e-books
He has a whole book bag that moves with him and goes wherever he goes. He wants to make the switch to e-books but during the evenings when he is reading a book, it’s generally a paper back.
4. Blocking a hour a day
He says that book reading is not the kind of thing you can do 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there. Magazine articles or short YouTube videos would fit better in to those time slots.
Every night he reads for little over an hour so that he can make some progress in reading the entire book.
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