How To Read More Books
Video transcript below:
Hi guys, Colin Stuckert here, Founder/CEO WildFoodsCo.
Today's video is about how to read more. For a prop, I got one of my favorite books, Magic Of Thinking Big, because it's all about your mindset and how you think big.
And thinking more positively is something you train, something you learn; we are not born with it naturally.
Most of us are born with negativity because the human that survives in a world as a human tends to be negative; it tends to be pessimistic about what's in the bush over there; maybe it's a tiger, perhaps it's a snake.
It tends to look where it's going; it must always be aware of assuming the worst can happen so it is prepared for it.
That is how our ancestors survived, yet today, in a modern world where we should be vigilant for physical danger, most of our lives are relatively safe. We must focus on the positive aspects of life instead of being bogged down in traffic, work, stress, and all the nonsense we have to deal with daily.
So today's video contains three tips on reading more books and leveling your life.
1. In your morning routine, read a little bit; make the goal one page a day. If you start with one page every morning, okay, even if you read only one page, you would read an extra book a year by doing that.
What I'm recommending, though, is you start with one page as the minimum, and then what you do is that you read more as long as you develop the habit of getting started every single day and setting a low minimum easy to accomplish every day.
You can set yourself up for winning because most people what they do is set up five or ten pages a day, and then you know, day two or three goes by, and they don't get to five pages then, and they slowly do less and less and less, and they fall off the bandwagon.
That's very common for goal setting, we all try to set this superb goal, and then we don't accomplish them, big surprise, and then we fall back into stagnation, right?
So start with one page today, okay, and then ideally, you will be aiming for five or ten every day; if you can get to five pages a day, you can do the math. You are going to have a massive amount of reading.
After a year, after a few months, you'll have an extra ten to twenty-five books a year by just setting the goal of one page a day and then reading about five a day, okay, and that's just the morning, at night you can do the same thing.
I typically read in the morning and night, and I do fiction. I don't have a set goal, but in the morning, I open up and am always reading this one page and usually getting a few more pages in. Sometimes if I am in the mood to read more, I'll read five to ten pages.
I'll read a whole chapter. And you do that repeatedly, and there you go, that's a turn more reading you will get in.
2. Use audio books, okay guys, 1.5 speed, two speed, 2.5, 3.5. So I usually listen on two rates if the narrator is very slow; I will bump it up to 2.5 sometimes; 3 is generally too fast, 3.5 is new, I have never even seen it, and it must have been in the new app update with the latest IOS 12 or whatever number we are on.
But what you can do is, if you are not used to audiobooks, start with one speed, then move it up to 1.25, and then as you get more into the habit of listening to that, increase it to 1.5 and eventually even 1.75 now, they have a bunch of new speeds and then 2x speeds.
And the faster you make the speed go, the more you have to pay attention; that is something to keep in mind, right? It's your mind can wonder, like you can be listening and then a second you are listening to what the other guy is saying and then a second later you kind of like looking at a bird flying by, or looking at traffic or whatever it is, right?
So Audible is especially powerful, or audiobooks in general, if you commute. If you are driving, sitting on a train, a bus, or whatever, you should have headphones in, I use the earpods, right, and you should be listening to audiobooks.
Podcasts are great too, but this video is about reading, and people need to read more books in general. A lot of the short-form content, podcasts, articles, whatever, could be better content than you will find in a book that has been edited and vetted, and it's just better quality content.
So Audible. My secret weapon is how I can read over 100 books a year; this year, I plan to read about 125-150 books, and that's because I got my habits down.
I got the morning habit, the Audible pattern, and I make the point to read every day. And am not spending a lot of time reading; I am filling in these daily gaps and getting a ton of reading in.
And when the books are excellent, I might spend more time reading. What I'm trying to do, is I'm trying to add about 30-minute lesson sessions in the middle of my day because I tend to do my reading early, and then I do it late, and then I do Audible when I'm driving.
What I want to do is, I won't take like the middle of every day, do this shit, it's just one of those things you are going to develop the habit, it's tough. Sit down for 30 minutes and read midday.
I will get onto that; I will probably read 125 books if I do that; so powerful, guys. And you can watch other videos; reading books can change your life.
I'm not going to spend a lot of time on that because this part is about how to read more books, but if you're already sold on how influential books can be, I can tell you right now if you were to read 25-50 books this year, right, your life would be different.
And the following year, you do that again, and every year that goes by, you will be exponentially more wealthy, wiser, more intelligent, more well-spoken, have better quotes, be a better conversationalist, and do anything in your life that you want to do.
If you want to impress the opposite sex, like read a bunch of books, like how you are going to be a better conversationalist that you will have more facts and figures, and you will be a more interesting person, right?
So get out there, and read books.
This was supposed to be three tips. Still, those are 2, reading in the morning, reading at night, getting that morning routine down, setting a minimum goal of one page, and then reading, you know, 5-10, whatever, and then using Audible on 1.5 and 2x speed, that's how you are going to get it done, that's all you need.
If you did that, you could read 50-100 books a year.
Guys, I hope this was useful; make sure you get your free Drink Your Fat e-book at DrinkYourFat.com that will give an explanation of why fast in the morning, why drink fat and all that, and if you want to get all your superfoods, go to Wild Foods at WildFoods.co and use code WILDCEO for 12% off.
Thanks for watching, and remember life is too short to be average, to be anything but your best, so get out there, get after it and be your best and then help someone else be their best, and that's how we're going to change the world when paid forward, okay, thanks for watching.
Founder/CEO, Wild Foods