Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet read nearly 50 books a year. Impressed? These people have achieved colossal success and became famous throughout the world. Are they the richest, the most successful, or the most intelligent ones? This can be learned from the things they like to read and what motivates them in their lives. Well, you must agree that Bill Gates would not find novels exciting in his everyday life but would prefer books that develop and teach interesting things. The crucial point is that when choosing non-fiction books, you have to succeed with the content and find only high-quality information so as not to waste your time.
But often it happens that people remain unhappy with their choice – usually, non-fiction books are not quite readable and are poorly perceived by the reader. They don’t pay attention to anything and, as a result, lose interest in self-development. The question is: “How to choose the right books and how to read them effectively and wisely?”
What’s Wrong with Non-Fiction Books?
If you come to any bookstore in your city, you will probably come across a ton of fiction books. Fiction books are specially designed and written to grab the attention of the buyer and make him purchase a book. If you do not pay attention to the cover then after looking inside and scanning a few pages, you still want to buy it. What is the reason? Fiction books are written in such a cunning way to always excite the reader and make him read every word attentively not to miss a single detail and read ‘till the very end. The focus is on the story: if the book has an interesting plot, since humans are curious, we are likely to read the whole written piece.
Has it ever occurred to you that you found a non-fiction book as much exciting as a novel?
Then you are just lucky and hit the right content. Unscientific books always cause more interest than scientific ones, although there is less meaning in them. In scientific books, in most cases, there is no plot, but they are made to answer an important question, teach some things, describe certain processes and so on.
Of course, fiction books can also be useful, they increase vocabulary, contribute to the development of creativity and abstract thinking and also help find a common interest with people in some way. But, if you have a goal of self-educating and improving potential skills, you should give preference to self-improvement books.
How to Choose the Right Self-Improvement Book?
Quite often we hear such a statement "useful books are not always interesting, is it worth reading them?". The answer is simple: of course, they worth it. But you need to do this carefully, by following certain rules that help you maintain interest in reading useful books. First, you need to understand why you need a certain self-improvement book. Choose the study area or branch of knowledge and get the right context. Secondly, analyze your current life situation and think thoroughly about what you need.
If you are looking for ways to make money, then read books about business marketing. If you want to get rid of any restrictions in your life and find peace - find a book about psychology. It is important here to clearly understand what you want, then you will always have the interest to read and also your current needs will get satisfied.
A few small but useful tips for those who want to start reading self-improvement books:
1. Analyze yourself and your current life situation.
As mentioned earlier, you should have a clear understanding of what is happening in your life at the moment. By analyzing yourself and your life situation, you will be able to realize your main problems and choose the most interesting and important questions for you.
2. Come up with the approximate answer.
After introspection and identification of the main problem, visualize the solution to this problem or find an approximate answer to the question you need. After that, drive in the search for the name of your main problem and look for the desired option.
3. Evaluate a book before buying it.
And the last advice for today - when seeking a book you need for self-development, be vigilant and carefully inspect the book. If you are searching online, read the positive and negative feedback from people, and also download the introductory part of the book. If you decide to buy a book in a regular store, look at its cover, read about the author, and think whether this book can help you.