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10 Reasons Why You Should Learn Speed Reading

10 Reasons Why You Should Learn Speed Reading

Speed reading offers enormous benefits for everyone in daily life, especially for business people, students, and for anyone who does a lot of reading.

With vast amounts of information coming at us every day, investing a little time in learning strategies for faster reading makes sense. Imagine zipping through your email in half the time, or whipping through the social media updates of your friends and responding quickly.

However, since speed reading strategies take time to learn and you’re busy already, you’re probably wondering why you should bother adding yet another “must do” item to your To Do list.

Let’s look at some reasons why you should learn speed reading.

1. Empowerment: you’re comfortable wherever you are.

People judge you: every day, by every word that comes out of your mouth. If you’re in a business meeting, you’ll hesitate to put forward your point of view if you’re not sure of your facts. Reading (and comprehension of what you’re reading) gives you facts you can turn into knowledge.

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In social situations, you’re comfortable with your friends. They know you. However, at parties, you need things to talk about. And when others are discussing topics, you need an opinion. Speed reading the news—from world events to gossip—gives you lots of topics for social chatting.

2. Money: you can access better employment.

Money means freedom and security for you and your loved ones. Whether you want promotion in your current job, or want a better job, knowledge is power.

If you want a promotion, you need to stand out. Online courses and formal advanced education help you to do that. Getting a degree or an advanced degree makes you more attractive to potential employers in general. Equally, having a degree or a certification that others angling for promotion don’t have increases your value to your employer. That increased value translates into a better income.

Speed reading helps you to improve your education: you’ll easily manage all the course work that further education demands.

3. Strengthened personality traits: you’ll become more confident.

How comfortable are you speaking to your boss? If you understand your company, its competitors, the current marketplace, and the financial news, you’ll feel confident that you can handle his or her questions. You’ll confidently make suggestions for your department and the business as a whole.

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What about putting your point of view across to someone you know will disagree with you? Are you comfortable doing that?

In both situations, you’ll feel at ease if you’re well-read: learning to speed read is the key.

4. Enhanced memory: you’ll remember more easily.

Speed reading not only makes you a faster reader, it increases your understanding as well. When you understand why a topic or a fact is important, you’ll remember it. Your improved memory will extend to other areas in your life as well.

Since memory is an aspect of creativity, you’ll also find that you’re more creative in everything you do.

5. More opportunities: you’ll enhance your ability to learn.

Do you have problems focusing on tasks? Speed reading skills help with your focus, too. You’ll be more interested in everything you read, and combined with your enhanced creativity, you’ll find yourself eager to extend your education.

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Your increased education leads to more and better opportunities.

6. Sophistication: your thinking will improve.

Speed reading can affect the neuroplasticity of your brain. It helps your brain to map new connections. This means that only does your creativity improve, your thinking does also.

7. Experience less stress: focusing is a meditative skill.

Do you find it hard to focus on tasks? Information comes at us in so many ways, many people try to multi-task to get more done. This leads to fragmented attention, and overall inefficiency. Speed reading teaches you to focus. This relieves stress, just as meditation does.

8. Enhanced ambition: you’ll be inspired to climb your career ladder.

With a better memory, fresh creativity, improved thinking abilities and the ability to focus on tasks, you’ll find that you become more ambitious. Your world expands. You’ll be ready and eager to climb the career ladder in your field.

9. Thought leadership: the more you know, the more you can innovate.

Speed reading helps you to innovate
    Steve Jobs, a master of innovation

    Thought leaders in any field innovate. They’re innovative, because they use what they know. They cross-pollinate ideas:

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    Being able to connect and combine non-obvious ideas and objects is essential for innovation and a key part of the creative-thinking process. Along with your ability to reframe problems, it engages your imagination and thereby unlocks your innovation engine. – Tina Seelig

    Speed reading may just lead you to the next billion-dollar idea—and the ability to implement that idea.

    10. Enhanced problem-solving skills.

    Everyone has challenges. Your subconscious mind can solve them. In Learning To Learn Faster Part II: How To Read Faster And Solve Problems Like MacGyver, Steven Kotler reports:

    The conscious mind solves problems at roughly 100–150 miles-per-hour. Meanwhile, our subconscious blazes away at close to 100,000 m.p.h.

    Speed reading allows you to stream more information to your subconscious mind. With more information, your subconscious can solve your problems. (Kotler’s article is fascinating, and repays close reading.)

    Are you convinced yet? We’ve looked at ten reasons why you should learn speed reading. It can change your life for the better! Have you had success with speed reading? Let us know in the comments.

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    Last Updated on January 3, 2020

    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

    Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

    The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

    1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

    Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

     I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

    To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

    And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

     2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

    Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

    3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

    Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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    4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

    The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

    5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

    Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

    6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

    Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

    7. Positive people smile a lot!

    When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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    8. People who are positive are great communicators.

    They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

    9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

    One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

    10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

    Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

    How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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    I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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