Learning From Reading
If your anything like me you read a lot. If your anything like me you also probably cause yourself undue stress worrying if any of the content you read is ‘going in’.
While I’m all for sitting down and reading a book for the pure pleasure of it, I do also enjoy reading to learn.
The problem is that by its nature, reading is very theory-based. I measure learning through behaviour change. If my behaviour hasn’t changed, I haven’t learned.
In this article
, I share my tips for turning the theoretical act of reading, into something a bit more tangible.
I’ve left an extract below, you’ll also notice that this article is now on my personal blog rather than Medium. It’s still a work in progress, and I’m aware there are a few little visual bugs, but again, feedback appreciated!
The first way I try and cement my understanding of a topic is by committing to living it out every day for an extended period of time, usually at least a few weeks. I do this by putting the principle that I’m trying to live out in my journal, and reflecting on how I’ve used it in the day. Currently, I’m working on embedding Seth Godin’s concept of the dip, and I’ve found that journaling about how I’ve lived it out for the past few weeks has really helped me to integrate it into my life.
Part of my daily journal
, in the morning I set the intentions of a lesson I want to embed, and in the evening I reflect on how I’ve used it
Of course, this can only really be done for one topic every month or so, so that’s why I have a second way to keep on top of all the great insights I’ve taken from books. The idea is that every day you want to be reminding yourself of a small portion of the key things that stood out to you about a book you’ve read…
Reactions to Near-Death Experiences
I really enjoyed this thoughtful article
on Neil Armstrong’s reaction (or lack of) to an incident where he had to eject himself from a faulty rocket while on a test run.
Neil was found calmly filling out paperwork straight after the incident. Apparently, never reacting to the situation, or even bantering about it with his friends or mentioning it the pilots all-hands.
Polina Pompliano takes this life event, and many others from other individuals to explain the difference between suffering and ‘victimhood’.
Suffering is universal, Eger says, “but victimhood is optional.” We’re all likely to be victimized in some way through the course of our lives. At some point, we will suffer some kind of affliction or abuse, caused by circumstances or people over which we have little to no control. “This is victimization,” she says. “It comes from the outside. It’s the neighborhood bully, the boss who rages, the spouse who hits, the lover who cheats, the discriminatory law, the accident that lands you in the hospital.”
On the flip side, victimhood comes from the inside. No one can make you a victim but you. “We become victims not because of what happens to us but when we choose to hold on to our victimization. We develop a victim’s mind — a way of thinking and being that is rigid, blaming, pessimistic, stuck in the past, unforgiving, punitive, and without healthy limits or boundaries. We become our own jailers when we choose the confines of the victim’s mind.”