Lasting knowledge

The point, then, isn’t that you should watch less CNBC and read more Ben Graham. It’s that if you read more Ben Graham you’ll have an easier time understanding what you should or shouldn’t pay attention to on CNBC. This applies to most fields.

I try to ask when I’m reading: Will I care about this a year from now? Ten years from now? Eighty years from now?
It’s fine if the answer is “no,” even a lot of the time. But if you’re honest with yourself you may begin to steer toward the enduring bits of knowledge.

Expiring vs. Long-Term Knowledge

A must read

Read classics

If I’m going to spend time learning something, I want it to be as timeless as possible.**

Taking Note: How Note-taking Improves Reading—An Interview with Shane Parrish – Evernote Blog

If you want to learn something that’s been proven useful, that’s been tested for dozens of years classic books are best source of knowledge.

Some list of classic books to pick from:

The 100 greatest novels of all time: The list

[The 100 greatest non-fiction books] (

Best Classic Literature Ever

The Greatest Nonfiction Books

Reading a book is step one

writing is step two.

If you want to get something out of every book you read, you need to write about them. No you don’t have to publish what you write, but you do need to write.

How I make my book reading work for me

I quite agree with Curtis on this.
Despite it may be time consuming reviewing a book a writing about it makes the ideas from that book stick much much better.

And after all that is the goal of reading.

Don’t speed read

If you’re reading fast you’re not thinking and challenging what you’re reading. You’re not being critical. You’re not making connections with existing knowledge. You’re not arguing with the author. You’re not reading something at the edge of your cognitive ability

Reading fast gives you two things that should never mix: surface knowledge and overconfidence.

The secret to reading better is reading lots of good books slowly. This enables you to build knowledge. Knowledge, in turn, allows you to read faster with true comprehension and retention. It’s how you can dispose of most ‘new’ books as re-hashed old ideas that offer little value.

Speed Reading is Bullshit – The Mission

Kindle centered reading and learning workflow

An excellent reading and learning centered arond Kindle

  1. read a book
  2. highlight sections, sentences as you go
  3. extract highlights to your notetaking app of choice
  4. review highlights, add any additional thoughts and comments
  5. use those in your writing and learning

I picked it up from The Knowledge Project podcast- Shane Parish – Interview with Sanjay Bakshi