Category Archives: Reading Well
I have to admit I am an information junkie. I love to read anything and everything. A lot of it ends up being entertainment, a lot of it is worthless, and perhaps less than 1% is useful.
I just read an article called “Why I Threw Away Thousands of Dollars of Information Products”
Bud’s main point in the article is that information overload breeds inaction.
He couldn’t be more right…
You see I’ve spent a lot of time reading anything I could get my hands on about business… and economics… and psychology… and investing… and this… and that… and …. It gets tiresome after awhile. And after a bit it becomes a pointless waste of time when you think about how much of that information I am actually making use of.
“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein
I think I may be reaching that certain age… Some of what I read sounds exactly like what I have already read in the past… This is why I believe reading the classics will always be best…
The best thing for any business or person to do is to find what works and stick with it. Pursue it relentlessly. When it stops working find what else will work in it’s place. This is where you will search for new information, but once you find it, you just continue to execute and create until the cows come home.
“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. ” – Gertrude Stein
And by classics I mean written works that have withstood the test of time.
Lately I’ve been making an effort to read all the 1 star reviews of books I’m interested in on Amazon.com. It is amazing to see how well written and insightful some of these reviews can be. Like my last post about critics, if you really think about it, you can see just how valuable critics really are.
Back to the classics…
If a classic is a classic you can tell one thing about it for sure… people are STILL getting a lot of value out of it.
It’s not a classic because it is popular or hyped by all the media, or anything else. It is a classic because it serves its purpose well.
Many of our modern day books will turn into classics. You and I could certainly guess at a few of them. But because there are so many of them to wade through, and because there is so much “fluff” out there, perhaps our time would be better served by simply reading those that are already classics.
A great place to start is the Harvard Classics.
I have read most of the 51 books in the collection, and do plan on finishing all of them within the near future. One thing I can tell you is that this collection will certainly broaden your mind, your outlook on life and the human condition, and will make you a better person indeed.
With a quick search on Google I found one of the best lists for business classics was made by Entrepreneur magazine. They entitle their article Novel Ideas, and they do a great job at reviewing them by saying three things. Why it mattered, why it still matters, and what to ignore. Well balanced advice for picking a business book to read.
I will be posting my own list of top business classics very soon. Please take the time to subscribe to my blog so you won’t miss out. 😉