One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever seen about reading books is “Create todo lists as you read, instead of notes.” [Lifehack]
In other words, read for you life, read to work. This differs fundamentally from reading for reading’s sake. It transforms reading to learn into reading to learn in order to do or accomplish. It’s goal driven. It helps define, clarify, and refine goals. And it holds to the premise that what you believe must change your life, or else it’s at best useless knowledge, and at worst a lie. Truth is an agenda. Reading is a job – an aspect of your work.
Little did I know, when I read Speaker for the Dead, that it would begin to transform what I do. It taught me, but the result was a to do list. More on that another time.