How to Become Smarter and Less Ignorant about Our World

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How to become Smarter and less ignorant about our world. The best response I have heard time and time again from my mentors is to effectively educate myself on a daily basis by learning from my experience and the experience of others.

Today I would like to share about what is possibly the best way for us to learn from other peoples experience.

Note: I share the approach and then I share tools to help you maximize the learning process.

One of the most effective and economical ways is to read non-fictional books. When you read you can learn years of experience gained by one person in typically a couple hundred of pages or less. If you could dedicated a day to reading you could learn a person’s lifetime of knowledge in a day! You do not have the do the research they did or live the life but you benefit from what they learned.

Here are the steps I developed to help your reading be as effective as possible.

Get yourself a book on a topic you wish to learn about. Make sure it is something you really want to learn about.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow is a book I am currently reading and it is making me think a lot about the knowledge I currently have about our future as a species. Full disclosure: the link is to details on Amazon.

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Read in a focused manner so that you are taking the time to understand what you are reading

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Make notes in the book while you are reading (on the margins, as you wish) and you may in addition want to write in your journal extra thoughts that come to you while you are reading. With digital books you can also have applications that allow you to take margin notes.

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Take the time to apply at least one action you have learned from the book. The only way to integrate the information is to apply it in your life. Too many people watch videos or listen to lots of podcasts or read lots of books and apply nothing they just continue to review more information.

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Discuss the ideas with other people to test out your ability to effectively share what you have learned and to test the value of what you have learned by listening to other people’s response.

Two books displayed in the video

Read details on Amazon

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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