How you can learn a lifetime in a day

I discovered the most clever life hack while reading the comments of a book review website.

“This book will change your life. I am 75 and wish I had read it when I was younger. It would have made my life much easier.”

What was the book? I can’t remember.

Was it important? Nope.

So what’s useful? The power of reading.

Reading is the greatest’ life hack’ we have. It took the regret of a 75-year-old man and his comment to show me. Now let me show you.

800px Neutron Star simulation

Ever heard of a neutron star?

Well, if you haven’t, it will weigh on you. One teaspoon is approximately 1 billion tonnes. It’s said to be the densest thing within our known universe.

The second?

Books.

No, not literally, but hear me out. The greatest books were written with a lifetime of knowledge. Crafted from decades of mistakes.

How long does it take us to live the authors’ lives, learn from their mistakes, and gain their knowledge? One day to a few weeks.

Reading gives us the ability to learn the lessons of those before us. The lessons they paid for with the years of their life are available to us for cents on the dollar. Days instead of decades.

It’s fine to save a few minutes here and there with some clever tricks. Tricks are good. But living with the knowledge of a hundred or even thousand lifetimes isn’t a trick. It’s extraordinary.

What are you waiting for? Turn your week into a lifetime. Read.

A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.

Mark Twain
Published in Self Improvement, Learning, Productivity, Writing
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