How the Long-Forgotten Power of Reading is the Key to Learning & Success
That’s right. If you are reading this, congratulations. You’re part of a dying breed of humans who actually still read.
Now let’s be honest though, reading isn’t always the most exciting thing to do. And to the common person, it seems difficult, boring, and time-consuming. After a long, sh*tty day at work, they’d rather melt their body into the couch and their brain in front of the TV.
But studies show that there is a significant correlation between reading ability and success in life. The better your reading skills, the more likely you are to earn a higher salary. This could also be seen as a greater opportunity to succeed in general.
Reading also gives your brain an intense workout. It activates several different mental functions simultaneously and improves memory and concentration. So what I’m trying to say is that if you’ve given up reading, you’ve basically given up learning.
If you’re up in arms, let me ask you this: How fast do you think you can read? For the average person, it’s around 200 words per minute. This means that the typical adult reads no faster than elementary school children. Shots fired. Why? Because most reading classes tend to finish by the fifth grade.
Another reason people are slow readers is because of what’s called subvocalization. This means that people pronounce each word in their head as they read, which limits their reading abilities. Because then you’re only able to read as fast as you can speak.
If this is you, don’t sweat it. We can fix this. To reduce subvocalization, try counting out loud as you read. Just keep saying “1, 2, 3” and so on as you continue reading down a page.
Obviously this will de difficult as f*ck when you first start, but it will train your brain to stop subvocalizing. You’ll begin to see the words rather than saying them, which will make reading feel like you’re watching a movie rather than listening to a speech.
Another thing you can do is use a pacer. And this method is easy as f*ck. Just slide your finger down the page as you read. Your eyes are hardwired to track moving objects, so using a visual pacer can increase your reading speed up to 100 percent.
So now that you’ve gotten f*cking amped on reading again, it’s time to put your handy new techniques to the test. So click to my next blog post and see how quickly you can read it and absorb all the knowledge therein.
Hope you enjoyed the read.