A common theme that keeps getting talked and written about in the personal development content I’ve been consuming for the past couple weeks is to read more books.
A lot more. A book per week minimum and the more the better.
This idea was solidified after reading about this in a couple blogs and listening to other podcasts with Gary Vaynerchuk, T.K. Coleman, and then finally after watching episode 83 of the Ground Up podcast by Matt D’Avella with his guest James clear, the author of Atomic Habits.
Matt asked James “Is there a universal skill or habit for creators?”
James replied by say “The one I usually pick is reading. Reading is the meta habit that improves every other area of life. Whatever you’re dealing with, whatever you’re working on, you can read about it and find a solution to it and do it better.”
Well, I know I can stand to improve every area of my life, so why not invest more time into reading, more than I do already.
I’ve read that serious readers will devote at least an hour a day and if you want to get really serious upwards of four.
An hour a day seems doable.
I wonder if I can I read a book a week like Bill Gates and many other successful people do?
The average nonfiction book is around 400 pages is approximately 100 000 words. This number does vary widely, but for quick calculation I want to use it for, it will work nicely.
Let’s do the quick math on this.
A hour a day = 7 hours/week
7 hours/week x 60 minutes = 420 minutes per week.
100 000 words / 420 minutes = 238 words/minute (wpm).
Let’s bump this up to 280 wpm so that I have some wiggle room.
OK, so now I have my target reading speed.
If you do a quick google search on what the average adult reading speed is, you come up with 150 (wpm). All of the courses available online guarantee double reading speed in a month or less with practice and a lot of testimonials to back that up. It could be all fluff, but the proof is good enough for me to start investing time and money into it. So I went searching.
Most of these programs are quite a chunk of money: between $200 and $500 for most of them.
But it is an investment in my own abilities, so what is that actually worth to me? For now, I decided to find something either free or a book, masterclass, software, or whatever else under $50.
I am so happy that I found readspeeder.com.
I’m still kind of in shock that something this good is free. I mean WOW.
I spent an hour last night using the online reading software and my reading speed is over 200 wpm already by using this method of reading in phrases.
If I can read a book a week, I know for sure that I will never run out of ideas to write and make other content about. It’s about growing personally, being creative, and doing everything more efficiently.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
P.S. Needless to say I’m sold on this method of reading. So much so that I bought the book too. If you want to pick up a copy of the book yourself, check out “Speed Reading with the Right Brain: Learn to Read Ideas Instead of Just Words” by David Butler.*