How To Absorb And Use What You Read

How many books, CD's, Podcasts and seminars have you taken in over the years, and how many of them can you point to and say they increased the profit in your business – not just gained knowledge, but PROFIT – in your business?

There are too many people who read and read and read and never get anything out of it. One of the reasons why this is, is because learning doesn't work that way.

You wouldn't learn how to ride a bike JUST by reading a book on it. Even when we had to study something in school, we didn't just read the history book once.

We took it chapter by chapter. We reflected on what it meant and discussed it in class. And when it came to a test, we applied our knowledge.

Whatever happened to that?

Do you want to change your mindset on the way you learn and make every information product you buy more valuable?

If so read it slowly.

1. Sleep on it.

Sleep has a huge role in what we retain and remember. It's the time where our brain decides which information is valuable and deserves to be stored for the next day and what isn't.

If you read something once and forget about it, your brain learns to filter it out. That means you can't act on it and take advantage of it because you can't recall it effectively.

If you read chapter by chapter though and make notes as you read the pages, there's more of a chance that the information you take in will stick!

That's also why it's important to limit the amount of information you read at one time so you can keep yourself from being overloaded. The less information you try to take in, the less you will confuse your brain about what is important and retain more of it.

2. Learn and Do.

If you're learning AND doing, you'll gain more insight as you go, especially if you're in an environment where you'll get a lot of feedback from other people.

The more you allow yourself to DO, the more you'll be able to adjust the quality of each small task. When you pinpoint what you're doing wrong, you can give it special attention and fix it, just like a school student who is studying with a certain chapter.

Imagine reading an entire book and trying to act on all of it at once! A real pain, right? It's much tougher to dig out what your weak areas are and improve on them if you are trying to change various skills sets and not just one or two at once.

3. The power of suspense.

We read books in one or two big chunks because we want to learn as much as possible and as quickly as possible.

It's too tempting. It's natural. We do it without even thinking.

And it's too tempting to think we can learn a new skill by reading a book. But chances are, that new skill will take a long time to master. What's more likely is that we will read the book very quickly, drain all the “suspense” out of it, and then get hungry for a new solution and new information without even giving the newly learned information a chance to be used.

Now you're a great reader but not a great businessperson.

Take things slowly.

Develop your skills.

Sleep on what you learn.

And act on it.

That's the way to get lasting results out of everything that you read.

An action step for you that I learned just recently is to read 10 pages only every day and make it part of your daily routine.

If you tend to read in the morning then great you can take action immediately with what you have read that morning.

However if you are a night reader then you have the opportunity to be able to sleep on the new information and absorb ready to action first thing in the morning.

Either way make time for 10 pages and watch how your growth and action increase…

If you found anything beneficial and useful for yourself in this post then others will too, so be sure to like, share and comment below. It's great to share and I am thrilled you found today's post ‘How To Prove Them Wrong' a benefit to you.

Looking forward to replying to your comment!

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2 Responses to How To Absorb And Use What You Read

  1. lyndak6 says:

    Great advice Matt. I am a night reader so I tend to sleep on it. Its not the first time though that I have got up to make some notes before I forget anything. When I was at University I used to write my best stuff in the middle of the night

    • Matt says:

      Thanks Lynda! Yes I read also at night but am now going to try and read in the morning first thing to see if that helps take action with the learned knowledge quicker. I use my phone I have to say for any note taking and then email it to myself for the morning! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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