When I was a kid, I heard a radio ad for TIME Magazine that said, “The intelligent person does not know everything; he knows where to find out everything.” I reckon I took that to heart, and maybe it became the cornerstone of my life.
The amount of information available to us today is unprecedented. How does one know what is important, what isn’t? How does one know who to believe? What is fake, what is real? How do you remember what you learn? Answering these questions is the first step toward understanding the world around us, toward true wisdom.
I now live in a personal library of 57,000 books. Most of them full of information. Few of them fiction, few of them best-sellers. And 80% of what I have learned from them is nowhere to be found on the Internet. These books give me a broader perspective and comprehension of our complex world.
I have written The Lifetime Learner’s Guide to Reading and Learning in order to share with you my “secrets.” The 182-page book includes my method for “digesting” non-fiction books in under 30 minutes without speed-reading. The next section contains recommendations for 160 books I consider worthwhile, many of them key to understanding the world around us. The book concludes with my tips on how to be creative, how to see what others do not, how to come up with new ideas.
The book is now available on Amazon here. Through midnight, Wednesday July 12, it is only $9.95. After that, it will go to $14.95. Of course I think it is a great value at any price, and hope you find it as worthwhile as I do.
For those of you who (like me) always want to see the details, here is the table of contents: