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The Benefits of Reading Non-Fiction

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The benefits of reading are discussed on a regular basis in nearly every classroom around the world. Educators boast of benefits like vocabulary expansion and improve comprehension skills regularly. What they fail to mention is that what you read actually matters. Researchers have posited that students and individuals should read nonfiction or informational based texts just as often if not more than fictional stories. Here’s why.

Improved Concentration

You have to focus when you read. That’s true of any genre if you’re aiming for comprehension, but it’s particularly true for non-fiction. Real life events rarely unfold in a predictable manner. They are often complicated by multiple contributing factors that you must keep track of if you’re going to truly understand all the implications. Reading some form of non-fiction on a daily basis could improve your ability to focus.

Expanded General Knowledge Base

Readers that devour non-fiction books can develop a rather impressive general knowledge base. Non-fiction is full of facts, which means that non-fiction readers are acquiring bits and pieces of information about real-world people and events on a regular basis.  While retaining 100% of what you read is highly unlikely, odds are that you’ll hang on to the information that you find most valuable or interesting thereby improving your knowledge bank a little at a time.

Obstacle Analysis

Fiction is fantastic if you want to escape reality. If you want to learn how to overcome reality, however, then your best bet is non-fiction. When you read factual information you are being exposed to obstacles that actually exist in the real world. You see how they develop and, in many cases, are made to understand why they pose challenges. You absorb information about the tactics others have used to overcome these obstacles, and whether or not those tactics worked. It’s essentially a way for you to analyze potential scenarios before encountering them yourself.

Real Life Inspiration

The opposite of reading about real-world obstacles is reading about real-world successes. Undoubtedly, readers will come across stories where the main character accomplishes his or her goals with some remarkable feat against all odds. If you are reading fiction, this scenario may be interpreted as fantasy. If you are reading non-fiction, however, it can be interpreted as a inspiration, motivation, or even a goal!

Reading non-fiction books can do wonders for your psyche, especially if you are an aspiring entrepreneur or salesperson. The next time you are shopping for a book to read on the beach or on a plane, do your brain a favor…choose non-fiction.

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How To Read Think Like

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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.