You Don’t Have to Slog Through Books

There is some good advice for developing a book-reading habit in this Farnam Street post.

Read 25 pages per day. This is a minimum. Odds are you will end up reading more than 25 pages on a lot of days because you get on a roll. 25 pages a day is about 8,500 pages in a year. If the average book is about 250 pages, that is 34 books per year.

Don’t worry about what you are supposed to read. They don’t have to be 1,000 page books or classics that were written a century ago. Read books that look interesting to you now, and then let your interests expand organically over time.

If you are dreading a return to the same book for another 25 pages because it is not as captivating as you expected, move on to a new one. You can always come back to it later if you want to give it another shot. The more important goal is developing the daily reading habit.

Source: Shane Parrish at Farnam Street:

What Separates Professionals From Amateurs?

From Shane Parrish at Farnam Street:

The focus of Parrish’s post is why some individuals go on to great success while others are just staying afloat. There are numerous factors but here he focuses on the difference in mindset.

Amateurs stop when they achieve something. Professionals understand that the initial achievement is just the beginning.

Amateurs have a goal. Professionals have a process.

Amateurs see feedback and coaching as someone criticizing them as a person. Professionals know they have weak spots and seek out thoughtful criticism.

Amateurs value an isolated great performance while professionals value consistency every day.

Instead of quitting at the first setback, professionals understand a short-term failure is part of learning and mastering a skill.

Amateurs focus on being right. Professionals focus on getting the best outcome.

Amateurs make decisions in committees so there is no one person responsible if things go wrong. Professionals make decisions as individuals and accept responsibility.

Amateurs blame others. Professionals accept responsibility.

Amateurs go faster. Professionals go further.

Amateurs think disagreements are threats. Professionals see them as an opportunity to learn.