There are two ways to read, but one is useless

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Reading is telepathy, and a book is the most powerful technology invented.

Homer, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Woolf, Hemingway—these are names without a living body. We can’t talk to them, nor touch them, but their thoughts are immortalized through the written word.

Aristotle’s logic, Kepler’s astronomy, Newton’s physics, Darwin’s biology, Wittgenstein’s philosophy—these are memes without living originators. They no longer champion their ideas, and yet, we still talk about them.

Without books, humans would never have escaped the boundaries of space and time. Each new generation would have had to learn the realities of life for themselves rather than having the luxury to build on the past; knowledge accumulation would have quickly dimmed towards an asymptote.

Everything that we value in the modern world has its root in an invention of writing. Everything that we have accomplished has come from reading.

Even on an individual level, one of the most effective ways to learn about the world is to dip your toes into the wisdom of the past. Instead of spending your life figuring out how the mind works, you can just seek out the experience of someone who already knows. Rather deducing the laws of nature yourself, you can simply refer to an existing body of work.

Even beyond that, reading is a joy. It’s a touch of growth, it’s a beacon of inspiration, and it’s source of connection. We are how we spend our time, and we become what we consume. It only makes sense, then, that what we read informs how we see the world.

That said, there is more to reading than just whispering words in our mind. It’s about mindset, too. The way you read plays a major role in what you take away. It shapes what you pay attention to and how you evolve.

Unfortunately, I think this part of the equation is often neglected.

Is it about right or wrong?

Most of us learn to read in school, and when we do, it’s for one of two reasons: to memorize or to critique—both with the intent of choosing right or wrong.

When we memorize out of a textbook, the goal is essentially to score well on tests. Even if we don’t directly memorize word for word, the aim is still to absorb all the details in one defined area so that we can write an exam. Anything outside of that matters very little for the end result.

Similarly, when we critique something, say, like a piece of literature or a historical decision, our goal is to establish distinctions between what is right and what is wrong, and we have to ensure that everything we read fits into a predefined box so that we can make a strong case.

This works in a school, and it teaches in its own way, but unfortunately, when reading in the real world, this kind of mindset cheats us out of knowledge.

I know people who have gone through this process, been seduced by it, and then feel that if they can’t remember or memorize all they read, they are wasting their time, hence discouraging them from further reading.

I also know people—and these people are abundant on the internet—that can’t help but read everything with a critical lens. They’re so intent on finding every little fault in something that they always miss the larger point. They dismiss anything that doesn’t align with their existing model of reality, and they forget to pay attention to what lies beyond black and white.

Now, having the focus to absorb what you need is critical and so is having a filter in place to detect if what you’re reading is factually wrong.

That said, anytime you read something with the mindset that you are there to extract what is right and what is wrong, you are by default limiting how much you can get out of a particular piece of writing. You’re boxing an experience that has many dimensions into just two.

One of the things that becomes increasingly clear to anybody that reads a lot is that, if you were to only read books that you agree with a 100% or those that are worth memorizing in full, you would soon run out of options.

Reading isn’t about jumping at details. It’s about incorporating a perspective.

The real joy of reading

Where, then, is perspective? If we shouldn’t recall all we consume, nor wear a lens of criticism, where exactly does the value in reading lie?

To answer that, we have to dissect why we read in the first place, and that reason is actually relatively simple—we read to understand.

You might be reading a modern-day comedy or a Russian classic. You could be going through the latest pop-psychology volume or an old Roman emperor’s notebook. Either way, you’re trying to put yourself in a different mode of reality so that you can absorb some of what the writer is telling you.

In this case, the only filter worth having is the one that distinguishes between what is relevant and what is not; what matters and what doesn’t.

When you filter by right or wrong, not only are trying to paint a whole with the smaller component of its parts, but you’re also limiting what you understand. Who is to say that there isn’t a lesson in what is wrong? Or more importantly, who is to say that what you assume to be right or wrong is just a current bias that, one day, you will come to readjust?

Any time I reread a book that has been important to me in the past, I always come back with new lessons. Most books contain more than one idea, and they say different things in different places.

I can count many instances where I have arrogantly dismissed something that I thought I knew, or that didn’t make sense to me, or that I judged prematurely—assuming knowledge of right and wrong—only to learn that with a new mindset and a sharper and more nuanced point of view, that something contained profound wisdom.

The better questions to ask are always: What is right about this? Even if this isn’t what I believe or value or see as true, why does someone else believe it?

The point of reading isn’t to memorize, and it’s certainly not to critique. It’s to absorb and filter with an open mind—to find the right thing at the right time so that you can improve and update your existing model of reality rather than mold whatever you’re reading to fit into it as it is.

The beauty of this mindset is that you don’t actually need to filter this consciously. You just need to decide that it’s okay not to agree, and it’s fine to overlook what doesn’t make sense. From there, your mind will automatically filter for what is relevant and what is not.

When it does, you’ll know—it’ll change you in a way memorization can’t.

The takeaway

Reading isn’t just a delightful hobby. If done well, it’s also a virtue. It teaches you more than just how to live and what to do; it teaches you how to see.

By diving into the minds of some of the greatest thinkers and storytellers, it moves us into realms of reality that would otherwise stay unknown to us. We often finish a good book with a new pair of eyes, and we can then use these eyes to create a better world around us, if we so choose.

That said, in order for a book to have this effect, we do also have to do our part. We have come in with the correct mindset, and we have to put ourselves in a perceptual state that is okay with fine-tuning itself.

Contrary to how most of us learn to read, the process isn’t limited to the two simple dimensions of extracting right and wrong. And every time we approach it with this mentality, we cheat ourselves out of a more nuanced lens of understanding; we limit retention.

Every word, every sentence, and every paragraph of a good piece of writing has the potential to teach you something. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be selective about what you read or that you can’t give up on something that isn’t speaking to you. What it means is that for something to move you, you have to be ready to be moved.

If you come in with an open mind, you might actually leave with something in it. If you filter for relevancy and understanding, that’s what you will find, and that’s when you will truly capture the joys of the written form.

This post was originally published on Medium.

THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI

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THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI – A FABLE ABOUT FULFILLING YOUR DREAMS AND REACHING YOUR DESTINY.

INTRO
This book is written by Robin Sharma, almost 20 years ago and its first publication was in 1997. Robin Sharma is considered as one of the top 5 leadership experts in the world.
I know not much will think this true here it is, you sure trust Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Sharma

The Monk who Sold his Ferrari, is considered one of the best selling books for self-motivation and awakening about once own life..!!

POSITIVE ASPECT I LEARNED

It is always a goal of any human being of being happy with their own lives, the same follows me too. I choose this book for this same reason finding happiness in daily aspects of our life, daily routines, daily problems, self-respect, taking care our own EGO, learning what other person want to say, etc, etc.

but after reading this book I realized the problem is not with other people but ME. It was my attitude that made me look at the world in a problematic way. now I want to share few things learned from this book that may help to find your Inner peace.

1) Train & Cultivate your MIND 
Many of our life moments depend on how we see this world, the thing we feel, things we love, things we like to do are all controlled by your mind, NOT YOUR HEART.  The first step towards success is finding the things you love to do and diverting all the energies towards that goal because that will provide you inner happiness and you will feel always surrounded by happiness. Negativity will destroy all your positive aspects, but think about this How will you find negativity in things you love to do…?? no options right ?? because you are diverting all positive energy in doing things that you love.
Mastering your mind means seeing setbacks as opportunities. By envisioning your dreams, you give your mind the power to cultivate it and make it a reality.

2) The Purpose Of Life Is A Life Of Purpose
In his book author mentions about the lawyer who became a monk and he learned this from place know as sivana, there were some definite steps to be taken care of to form a daily habit. Everyone would be familiar with the power of practicing a thing for 21 days…!!! yeah, it’s true if you want to input new habit in your life practice it for 21 days at the same time at the same place, after 21 days your mind will make it as a daily routine. But the habit should be of a GOOD and HEALTHY habit. You reap what you sow, If you keep on practicing bad habit, your mind will make it a Daily Routine.

So here are action steps from the Sages of Sivana to ensure your goal is as attainable as you believe it to be:

Create a clear mental picture of your treasure trove or end goal;
Give yourself some positive pressure so you don’t slip back into your bad habits and self-doubts;
Write a goal-contract with yourself and include a timeline;
Build your habit by taking a brave step every day towards achieving it. Remember: Baby steps are still steps;
Laugh along the way because a day without laughter or a day without love is a day without life.

3) Live With Discipline
Discipline is the only way to Success. Discipline has helped many great leaders to give them a reason why they are called Leaders, leaders are not born leaders, they have worked on themselves so hard, to push themselves no matter what and follow a routine which will ultimately give them success. this only happens when once have mastered their mind and follow their Discipline. It takes courage to nurture self-discipline because it’s not easy.
This book has a strong mantra which will help to control your daily habits.
We’re all the more tempted and distracted today by the noises our devices make and the people we interact with on a daily basis. Here’s an exercise from the book you can apply to your life immediately.

Repeat the mantra below and take a vow of silence for the entire day where you only speak to respond to a direct question:

“I am more than I appear to be.
All the world’s strength and power rest inside me.”

4) Respect Your Time
There is a saying TIME IS MONEY, in other words, Time is some things which no human can control. I was listening to one speech in which I heard a saying, “What You do and what you become depends on how you use your TIME, the BILLIONAIRE and BEGGAR both same 24hours a day, it all depends on them how they use their TIME “ most of the people run for money which ultimately separates them from their family and friends. It does not mean you don’t have to work for money, but these means there should be a difference between both, and you need to figure out that difference before its too late. You need to learn to say NO to the less important things than your friends and family. Giving your Time and Attention is the only thing required in any special Relationship, it could be Parents, loved ones, relatives, etc.
Sacrifice time spent with loved ones now and give them everything money can buy? Or sacrifice the promise of comfort, in favor of spending time with them now.

5) Practice Daily Acts Of Kindness
Kindness it’s the simple way to express your love or who you really are..!! Making someone Smile, saying Thanks to friends and colleague for small works as appreciations..!! these small things when done daily it leads you to very different level even from other people point of view.
Expressing gratitude daily plants the seed within yourself that each day is sacred. The richer the relationship you build around you, the more abundance comes your way.
Because in life, your time and energy are the two valuable resources you could offer to anyone.

Once in a life do yourself a favor and read this Book. I hope it will help you find your inner self-more positively. I wish you all a great success ahead and you live your life with meaning. Like & comments, please.