It was in 2015 when I realized that my reading comprehension and speed just wasn't quite what it was when I was in my 20's. It was then I became a student of Jonathan Levi's Become A SuperLearner program, and also Anthony Metivier's Magnetic Memory courses. My initial pre-testing results were so terrible that I deleted them and promptly quit from the program... but not for long. Shortly thereafter, I returned to complete the classes, and now three years later see a noticeable increase in reading speed.
However, just because one can read faster does not necessarily mean that one comprehends what was read. This year, I made the personal commitment to write a commentary about the books that I read.
Napoleon Hill's book, Think and Grow Rich: The Original, an Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation, was my first.
I chose to read Think and Grow Rich on impulse, inspired from a conversation in the SuperLearner Facebook Group. There, I had asked what books others had read this year, and one member mentioned Hill's book. On impulse that day, I opened up the book, read it, and wrote a brief commentary as follows:
Think and Grow Rich. 90 Minutes.
That’s how long it took me to read Think and Grow Rich.
I purchased the Kindle edition of that book in March of 2010, and did not read it until today before I got out of bed.
90 minutes was all it took. If the book has 89,600 words, then that places my reading speed at about 995 words per minute.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Chapters 1-4 reinforce critical motivational concepts essential to the successful application and completion of Jonathan’s SuperLearner course, and Anthony’s Magnetic Memory course.
Chapter 3 is relevant to the occasional “it doesn’t work,” “I can’t do it” post that occasionally appears in this community - it emphasizes the need to have the faith that “you can do it”, and to overcome self-defeating beliefs so you can know “it does work”.
Chapter 5 alludes to those occasional “it doesn’t work” posts, and starts to get personal. “It doesn’t work” because the user has not learned “how to organize and use knowledge after they acquire it,” which is most likely because they have not yet learned how to harness the power of their imagination.
Chapter 6 elaborates on the skill of imagination. “Synthetic” imagination includes information you already know, and “creative” imagination brainstorms with the “Infinite Intelligence” in a way that allows intuition to work at its best.
Chapter 7 involves “organized planning,” or to paraphrase, what to do with what you now got. This is a heavy chapter full of recommended steps to overcome obstacles and plan for the future. I found the part “Take Inventory of Yourself: 28 Questions You Should Answer” most relevant to my processes as that’s what I’ve been doing since the summer of 2016. The suggestion to answer those questions annually is something I now begin.
Chapter 8 is about procrastination, all very relevant in the time the book was originally written in 1937… but those of us in the Udemy and MasterClass have the benefit of the Pomodoro Technique, so I don’t want to say more than that.
Chapter 9 resonated the most deeply with me, because it is about persistence. Participate in this regularly and long enough, and you will see the new member-student post in frustration about how long it’s taking to achieve a certain task (usually from that dreaded random word list generator). The solution is right here in this chapter: Persistence. In my opinion, that’s Part 1 of what it takes. Part 2 is not so obvious, and is why I’m as active in this community as I am, because one critical step crucial to developing persistence is developing “a friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.” Socializing online with you helps me persist with the improvement of my memory, and as I learned from reading this book, improve my speed reading skills, too.
And I’m going to stop because this post is becoming too long....
This book was not the first that I read this year, but it was the first where I made the effort to write some form of commentary from memory after speed-reading it.