Reading Books Takes Me A Long Time

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It apparently takes me ages to read or listen to a book.

I’ve tried listening to a 5h book on Saturday and barely managed to listen to 1.5 hrs of it. Today I went for a walk and, as far as I can tell, have listened to only 30 more minutes. Hence there are still 3 hrs to listen to.

At the same time, I just realized I have no benefit of reaching the end of the book. The benefit to my life is in folly absorbing its contents and using it moving on.

What good is it to finish a book in one listening or in one day and not get the maximum value it has to offer?

I would rather take things on board properly, and then reap the benefits for the rest of my life. Whether it takes me 1 day, l month, or 10 months to read a book, that doesn’t matter because I will live for tens of years from now on.

So the only real thing that matters is whether I assimilate the wisdom and make it part of my day to day or not. If I do, I consider I’ve spent my time much better than someone who read 10 books in that same timeframe but has grown much less in wisdom, maturity, and character than I have.

I believe those of us who do not let ourselves get carried away by the rush of the world, but instead take a moment to reflect on what’s important to us and why we do what we do, have a head start to living a life that’s worth living.

Thank you,
Robert

P.S.: If you ever need to talk with someone, have any questions whatsoever, or just want to say hi, please email me@robertindries.com. I’d love to meet you.

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