One trait that makes one a leader and shared by almost all the successful people of the world is “Reading Books”. Well, what’s said that reading a book for what you wish to learn, will certainly help you save your enormous time and efforts that you would consume to learn without reading the book.
Here lies the rub! Most people have no idea that reading is itself an art that one needs to learn in order to gain the desirous result of reading. They usually adopt ineffective ways, and even without realizing it, they waste the time and energy in futile. They are not able to retain the valuable lessons that the books contain find themselves lost. Most people go for quantity of reading rather than the quality of reading and gaining of knowledge and wisdom they actually require.
Don’t push the panic button, here are simply defined four strategies to master the art of reading and making you gain the outcome you desire. these simple strategies are tried, tested and proven over a period of time by the best management gurus of the world:
No.1: Set your outcome (Begin with the end in mind, the second habit)
First of all, decide what makes you read that book and what to get out of this book. Know your outcome in advance and it’s even better if you write them down someplace and fix with a deadline that from that date, I’ll be able to cope with my problem successfully with the help of this book. The activity would strengthen your aim to read and learn for the book to the best.
No.2: Go through the executive summary before you start reading the book.
Just google it, the executive summary of ___ book, and you will have plenty of summaries, read one or two. you can also go to youtube.com and have the audio/video summary of the book in English as well as Hindi or Urdu, that’ll be great for you. The summary would enable you to identify the symptoms of your problem and how this book would help you counter them. Great hun!
No.3: Skim and get the feel
Before formally start reading the book, get the feel of the book by skimming through it. Read the list of content, how many chapters are there and what chapters appeal you the most. Flicker through the pages at random, read some passages abstractly from anywhere to get familiar with the book and your target to get from the book.
No.4: Keep track of your learning
It’s like being lost in a jungle and you forget to keep track of your movement, you’ll always be in the jungle. Keep a track of the course. Of learning. One way is to take a highlighter and mark the important words, sentences, any quote or a paragraph that would help you trackback your learning. Secondly take notes of the lessons you learn gradually whether a tip, trick or technique or even an exercise. Instead of copying, try rewriting them in your wording, English or Urdu. This would accelerate the learning growth.
Hoping that afore-mentioned techniques/ strategies if adopted in full zeal and interest, the reading would help you transform yourself into the one you always desire and succeed in your life.