Sitting outside on the patio, looking at the trees around me, each tree seemingly twisting towards the California sun.
I have my old black sweatshirt on,my hood over my head against the morning chill, drinking yerba mate tea, eating some whole wheat scones I made, and reading and reading and then thinking.
I read several books at a time, and at first I thought it showed a lack of discipline, that I couldn't focus, but I have come to learn over time that the way I read balances and keeps my mind and focus fresh. People find it odd, but it works the best for me.
I average 4 to 6 books a month, and so I combine then, as studies have shown that you can study for about 30 to 40 minutes, and then you need to take a break, and I use that concept in my reading plan.
I read usually four books at a time, and right now I am reading;
One fiction book ( I am reading Haruki Murakaim's 1Q84 - he is one of my favorites)
One nonfiction book ( usually science or business, right now I am reading Uncertainity by Jonathan Fields)
One health/ brain nonfiction book ( I rereading the four hour body by Tim Ferriss)
And usually one biography ( Just finished Steve Jobs by Issacson and I am deep in a biography of Voltaire right now. Voltaire was quite the entrepreneur)
I am also reading a fifth book that I find interesting called Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain, which is a pretty good book on the subject. I am studying for a new job.
I find by changing between books as my focus lags allows me to reset my concentration and keep reading.
The world would be a much better place if we all read history books, as we would make much less of the same mistakes that plague us today if we read of the mistakes of others before us..
“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.
— Charles T. Munger”
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