hey Matt Morris here and I wanted to do a quick video that I think can add a ton of value to your life and that is how to read a book now obviously if you're reading my blog and you know on my website and so forth or maybe you're watching this on YouTube you obviously know how to read a book but I'm gonna give you a strategy that I've used to just completely reinvent my life see where I was at 21 years old I was homeless I was living out of my beat-up Honda Civic I was bathing in gas station bathrooms I showered naked in a church parking lot one night I was at a very low point in my life and I made a commitment when I was living out of my car you know learned the concept of modeling and modeling basically just says if you want to have huge success find someone who's had the kind of success that you want figure out how they did it do the same thing and you can get the same result and so one of the greatest ways to model others is to learn from others and so I'm here in my home office library here and you can see hundreds of books behind me you know libraries got well over a thousand books here and over the last you know 18 years as an entrepreneur I've read hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of books and that has led to a whole lot of success because I'm able to pick out a book of you know someone like Jack Welch who's one of the greatest management gurus of all time and I'm able to read on about how he manages a corporation and that obviously increases my management skills when I apply that and so I'm gonna give you kind of my strategy my personal development plan for how I read and kind of what I do with it and so I take an amazingly seriously serious anytime I read a book and so right now for instance I'm reading John Wooden on leadership just finishing it up it's an amazing book definitely recommends you you read this and so in reading the book here's what I have handy when I'm reading now I carry this in my backpack when I'm traveling if I'm on planes and all this this is what I've got so number one I've got a book number two got a journal got a pen and got a highlighter so here's what happens so I go through the book and as I'm reading and looking for the golden nuggets of information so chances are you've probably read some great books in the past but if I told you what what did you specifically get out of the book you couldn't tell me you know you forget about it and so I want to make sure whenever I read a great book I don't forget the most important parts in it now some people you know highlight the you know they'll highlight it and that's what I used to do I used to just highlight the book but how many times you actually go back and you know reread your highlights it's not very often and so here's the strategy that I follow when I'm reading I've got the highlighter handy and so yes I do highlight but then if I want to commit it to memory see if you highlight it you might remember it a little bit more but when you rewrite that point it sinks into your mind quite a bit more and so actually take that and I rewrite it into my journal here so and then the act of writing it obviously causes me to be able to internalize it more and remember it more and so I'm taking the most powerful part of the book and I'm putting it in these journals now then once I've finished the book I reread the I reread my notes on that and then I highlight the most important notes that I wrote and so you can see here just from this book I'll you know I mean it goes on and on and on but I've got my highlights in here now this is one of the reasons why for me it's very easy to do trainings it's very easy for me to do blog post and you know train on different things that can add value to people's lives because I followed this process and I've followed it for years and years and years and so what I've got on my desk here this is over the last it's really been about ten years twelve years that I've been following this process I wish I had started it sooner but these are all the journals that I have you know used over the last few years I mean some of these are totally worn out in fact the covers falling off of this one here but what I can do if I ever need to give a training if I want to do a blog post and I want to add value to people's lives I can go back through my journal and I can open it up one of these journals and I can you know find something powerful on success and having amassed this kind of powerful knowledge over the years has really made me be able to have success in a lot of different areas see I believe if you want to become an expert the greatest way to become an expert if you want to be an expert on sales go read five books on sales follow this process and that's going to set you apart see 99% of the people in the world are going to be too lazy to follow this process and I'll tell you here's my whole attitude is I want to continually grow myself over the years and the way I look at it it's not an overnight process people are always asking what's the one book there's no one book that you're going to read and it's going to catapult your success and take you to another level you know I'd love to tell you you can read my book the unemployed millionaire and your life's never going to be the same because you read it yes it's going to add a lot of value but there's a lot more than just the unemployed millionaire book there's tons of other books and so here's the attitude if you're a tree in the forest let's say you're an oak tree in the forest and you had the ability to water yourself see reading books is kind of like you know it's the growth process it's how you water yourself you you know you have you water your mind and it's going to produce the fruits of those efforts and so what I do consistently over time through this commitment to personal development and following this process so I internalize it is I grow more than just about anyone else every year by doing it consistently and so it's that consistent effort over time where I don't have to be see I didn't start out as one of the biggest trees in the forest but I believe by continuing to water myself and following a specific process that ultimately I can become the biggest oak tree in the forest so this is about you becoming the biggest oak tree in the forest water yourself through knowledge through personal development follow this process and watch how it affects your life
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