Reading speed is a vanity metric. No one cares how fast you read or how many books you read last year. In the real world, what matters is what you absorb. Skim broadly to find something worth reading. Then dive in slowly and deeply.
We often brag about how many books we read last year. But that’s bullshit.
The act of creation is also a fight for attention.
Reading is one of the inputs we take for producing valuable work. But what happens when we are overwhelmed by a tsunami of information on every front?
Those are the times we live in today. As creators, having all the information we want on our screens is a blessing, but it can also become a curse if we can’t process it effectively and efficiently.
Shane Parrish and his content at Farnam Street do not usually disappoint, and in this excellent article, he gives us some keys on how to get the most out of our reading so we can get smarter at it and absorb the most powerful insights.