I’ve said time and time again that reading Think Like is different than reading other books and this time I’m being literal. The way you actually read Think Like should be different. There’s no right or wrong way, of course, but there is most certainly a recommended way to take in all that this compilation of success has to offer entrepreneurs.
Read for Inspiration
The first time you read Think Like should feel very much like reading any other inspirational tale. Allow yourself to take in the information being presented to you at your own pace. Read with the intention of understanding and without the distraction imposed by the desire to get started right away. When we’re in a hurry, it’s easy to miss some of the most important details.
By reading Think Like as you would a regular book that isn’t about to change your life, you’ll better appreciate the incredible feats of some of the centuries leading entrepreneurs. Their tales of success will enthrall, captivate, and motivate you. In fact, it may make you want to read it a second time…and that’s where the fun starts!
Read to Take Notes
Your second time reading Think Like should be more of an educational experience. Use highlighters. Take notes. Dog ear pages. Your intent should be to identify the lessons that are most relevant to you. Determine which entrepreneurs experiences align with your own goals. Think about the key takeaways of each entrepreneur and record your thoughts and ideas in the Notes sections conveniently provided at the end of each chapter.
Don’t worry. I’ll help point you in the right direction along the way. The important part of this round is to collect and compile the information that can be used in your own life.
Read to Create an Action Plan
The third time you read Think Like will be life-changing. This is where you are going to create the plan that will propel you into a new stratosphere of entrepreneurial thinking. Use the inspiration you’ve acquired, the notes you’ve taken, and the advice I’ve given to evoke action. Apply the lessons to your own life and condense your favorite ones into actual, achievable steps you can take on your own. This is the part of the book that you have control over.Then, if you stick to your action plan and really work to change the way you think, the next time you pick up Think Like it may be as a fond memory of what started your journey to success.