Cam's guide on how to read a book

Cam's guide on how to read a book

3 notes:

  1. I made this reading guide for Brendan Perlini, who is trying to get more into reading. He's very busy with hockey so I tried to make it concise as possible. If I made a full out guide, it would probably include more things to do but I haven't gotten around to that yet. For the time being, I hope this suffices. If you want to see the books I recommended Brendan, check out here.
  2. Re: all of the stuff below, I would say it applies regardless of how you are consuming information β€”> whether it be reading, listening to podcasts, watching videos, etc.
  3. I actually don’t follow the below as strictly as I used to. You should have seen in 2018 the gruelling process I went through with every book (here's the note template I used for books). I’ve sort of relaxed my standards since then and embraced the Naval approach more.

While you're reading

  • Take notes while reading
    • What is resonating with you?
    • Is something you're reading about, does it remind you of another concept you've already learned?
  • At end of chapter, take notes of what you learned, what resonated with you
  • After you finish the book, take notes about what you learned
  • A week later, type up the notes and put them in a tool like Notion (this app) or Google Docs
Examples of Cameron's books

^hopefully you can see what I'm doing. I'm trying to get you to be very actively (vs. passively) engaged with the material and getting you to constantly revisit what you've learned and prioritize "what are the most important (2-3 takeaways) I've learned from X part of the book?"

General Guide

  • Read high quality books
    • I got you covered with this
    • Look to the people you follow via Podcasts, Newsletters, etc. β€”> what do they recommend you read?
  • Read books with others (book club idea). For you this might be reading with Alex. If you are both reading at the same time, then you can bounce ideas off of each other, ask each other questions if you're struggling with understanding concepts, etc.
  • Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments about books you're reading.
  • Don't feel like you need to finish books. This is a cognitive bias β€”> escalation of commitment. Books don't owe you shit. And if you aren't enjoying it anymore, move on. If you read one page of a book and get a "gem" of knowledge, I think that's a win. Don't force yourself to keep reading.

Concepts to keep in mind while reading:

Spaced Repetition

  • Can you explain the concept or idea you just learned to a grade 5?
  • If not, you probably don't understand it as much as you think you do

Lindy Effect

  • The longer something has been around, the more likely it will be around in the future
  • So the older the book and if it's still read, the more likely it will continue to be read in the future.
  • This is why I personally don't read the newest "New York Times" best sellers β€”> these might be hits right now but will they still be relevant in a year from now? In 5 years from now? In a decade from now? I want to find TIMELESS knowledge

Additional resources if you're interested: