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How Bill Gates gets the most out of his reading 50 books a year

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I don’t let myself start a book that I’m not gonna finish you know when you’re reading you have to be careful that you really are concentrating particularly if it’s a non-fiction book are you taking the new knowledge and sort of attaching to knowledge you have and for me taking notes helps make sure that I’m really thinking hard about about what’s in there if I disagree with the book sometimes it takes a long time to read the book because I’m writing so much in the margin it’s actually kind of frustrating oh please say something I agree with so I can get through to the end of this boat so there’s this one it’s a fiction book called Infinite Jest what I’m trying to decide if I started or not because I watched the movie the end of the tour I loved it David Foster Wallace comes across as a super interesting broad thinking person if the book was like two or three hundred page book there’s no doubt as soon as I watched that movie I dive in but it’s quite long and complicated and you know I don’t want to make an exception it’s my rule to to get to the end over time I will make the switch but when I’m just sitting there at night reading often a paper magazine or the the book I’m used to that and it’s ridiculous because I care I have whole book bag that goes on my trips with me and it’s it’s voluminous and antiquated if you’re reading books like these you’d want to be sitting down for an hour at a time because otherwise just getting your mind around okay what was I reading is not the kind of thing you can do five minutes here ten minutes there magazine articles fit our short YouTube videos fit into those little slots and so you know every night I’m reading a little over an hour and so I can take my current book and make some progress [Music]

Billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates reads about 50 books a year, which breaks down to about one a week. He shares the four habits and hacks he does to get the most out of his reading. Yes, knowing the habits of successful people can help you improve and Gate’s tips on how to read are no exception.

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