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Reading That Values Your Time, Money and Energy

Posted by annkays on September 22, 2009

by Inda Hanum Samsi

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read. -Mark Twain

Do you read? I bet you do. I do too. But do you have to struggle to read or you find it easy to keep up with today’s best-sellers that come into the market one after another?

Have you ever been in situations where you find yourself getting bored of reading because it took you so long to finish a book that you can’t wait to switch to another books with new themes and ideas?

True, some people do have the skills to speed read that they can finish reading a book within a few hours (and are still able to grasp the whole idea of the book like sponge absorbing water!) but as for me unfortunately, reading a book can take hours, weeks and sometimes months!

It is a widely known fact that knowledge equal power. Your capability to learn, comprehend and apply success principles that you pick up from reading is vital to help manage and maneuver your life in today’s demanding world.

So, how do we tackle this problem of wanting to gain so much knowledge but lacking the skills to read in speed? To add to that, our time is limited to be spent too much on a book (or at least we thought so…).

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. -James Bryce

One of the best available alternatives is to read a good summary of a book that contains the skills and ideas that you wish to become expert at and gain knowledge of. Nevertheless, one may argue that summaries do not equal to reading the book itself. They tend to dismiss some of the ideas of a book, they argue. But do you know that not all parts of a book are of identical value and significance? In every book, there are always filler materials. Have you been in a state where you needed to finish reading a book (eg; reading for a class) in a few hours and you ended up reading the back of the cover, the table of contents and then you go straight to the chapter where you thought the main idea is going to be illustrated and detailed out? And once done with that particular chapter while chasing time, you just skimmed through the rest of the book. It is like being in a long talk and you wish that you could just fast forward the talk because you already knew (after reading the outline or abstract) what the talk is going to be about and you do not fancy spending hours listening to things you are already familiar with – the same goes with reading.

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. -Confucius.

If the idea is still new to you, let me be the one to introduce it – reading good summaries of books can save your time, money as well as your energy (don’t you agree that being bored can take up a lot of our energy?).

But the question is, where do we find good summaries of books? So, in case you have not noticed, there are already a lot of sites and companies that offer book summaries. Their reading experts do the laborious reading job for you and then come up with summarized versions of the books with important points, information and ideas clearly laid out in just a few pages. You will be able to read dozens of books in less time! This will as a result, help you stay updated with the latest self-help advice that you can apply to advance your life and work.

Yes, subscribing to these providers will definitely cost you (a few bucks at least if not more) money but isn’t a wise man’s money in his head, not in his heart? But it will definitely take less from your pocket than when buying the books themselves. What a deal – money, time and also energy!

You can have all the channels on your television and listen to all kinds of music that are available on the internet but those will not substitute for reading. With the advent of countless educational technologies, reading is still ranked as the most crucial routine that everyone must have to acquire knowledge. Plus, as we get busier and busier with life, time isn’t something that we want to play around with. So, let us all live a life of a perpetual reader. Have we forgotten the famous saying of Thomas Jeferson? “I cannot live without books!

The time you think you’re missing, misses you too. -Ymber Delecto

Inda Hanum Samsi is a student in University of Michigan Ann Arbor pursuing a BSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a BA in Near Eastern Studies. She is currently in the MasterPIES program, a training program that helps its participants to rediscover and master their Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual potential. You can read more about the program at

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