4 Levels of Reading, Seneca, Tribe of Mentors and Stoicism
4 Levels of Reading
From the book titled "How to Read a Book"
Level 1: Elementary
Is slower reading, allow greater comprehension and synthesis. Similar to high school level reading.
Level 2: Inspectional
This is faster, higher level reading. It is not intended for comprehension, instead its meant to save you time. Speed reading is a type of Inspectional reading. Learn to stop sub-vocalizing, which is the act of saying the words in your mind that you are reading. This alone will help increase your WPM.
Level 3: Analytical
This is when you digest what you read. It's slower more methodical reading. It's when you feel like are are along for the ride. Contemplate the ideas that you are reading.
Level 4: Syn-Topical
This is multi-source reading on the same topic. This type of reading takes more time, but ultimately helps you create your own lasting frameworks. Think about the fact that you read 3 different opinions on one topic, from there you will then form your own opinion. This is a deeper level of reading since you have comprehended, analyzed, compared , and then synthesized it into your life. It helps you create a META level understanding. Read books that relate to each other and are of the same topic.
Seneca: How not to waste your life
we act like immortals in all we desire : he's talking about procrastination, "Oh I have until tomorrow"
we act like mortals in all that we fear : he's saying that we allow fear to stop us dead in our tracks from doing what we should
We should in fact flip these reactions, and act like mortals for what we desire do it now
Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
Daily meditation to help you increase self-awareness
Hard choices make for an easy life, easy choices make for a hard life
- Just because the payoff isn't immediate, does not mean it is not worth it
There are two kids of failure: Failure of Process and Failure of Outcome
- Failure of process you can control and digest
- Failure of outcome is out of your control, but so long as you learned along the way, is it really a failure?
Micro speed, macro patience
- Do what needs to be done, work with urgency
- Never underestimate what you can done today vs. in 10 years
Ask better question, they yields better answers
Read more books
Courage over confidence. Confidence can be absent at times, learn to be courageous.
- Courage: use it, it's always available. It's required to live a great life
- Book: Field of Fear
Follow your bliss
Focus on your strengths, push on them. Remember we are all flawed it's impossible to be well rounded
Become Sisu (Finnish) for persistence, mental toughness
Lessons in Stoicism
Did that make you feel better
- When you lose your shit, think "Did that make me feel better? Did that help this situation?"
- Say to yourself "I hope that's making you feel better"
How can I be ambitious and stoic at the same time
- Focus on goals that you can control, let go of the outcome
- Momento Mori - it's important to fully live in this moment
Quotes and Snippets that stuck with me today
"You don't need more time — just a little focused action" James Clear
"Give yourself some credit. Feel the power of that bigger picture. Know that you are engaged in a timeless process, one that the human species would not survive without. You are a father and that’s a good thing. Keep going." Ryan Holiday
Enjoy these days with the family, they one day will come to an end. Take advantage of WFH, take walks, bike rides, play outside with the kids. Relish in the sunlight, work outside when possible. Reach out to family and friends, always. Not just now, always. Keep them in your thoughts and let them know you care.