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How To Read Faster & Absorb A Book A Day

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Learn To Read Faster

How can we learn to read faster?

I simply can’t get through all my books fast enough and the result is an ever-growing stack of unread books that now sit idly on my bedside table.

I shared this image on my Facebook page and it was clear that I wasn’t the only one facing this problem. Because shortly after, the post was shared over 1.2k times and over 500 of you commented on your own challenges on the subject.

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And the results of our survey told an even more telling story about your overall reading experience:

  • 42% of you don’t finish the books you started.
  • 25% of you feel you read too slow.
  • 22% of you can’t retain the information you’ve read.

So we started researching learning experts and technologies.

The most obvious thing to explore was the idea of a speed-reading course. After all, if we can increase the rate we read, the faster we’d be able to get through those books, and the faster we’d absorb the information we need.

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But there seemed to be a limitation to what could be achieved with speed-reading.

The average reading speed for most people is around 200-250 word per minute. With the right tools and training, anyone can start reading upwards of least 500-600 words per minute.

That is undoubtedly a massive improvement and I’m sure many would benefit from reading anywhere between 200-300% faster.

But there is a hard limit to this.

Go any faster and comprehension plummets.

That’s when I discovered the work of learning expert, Paul R. Scheele. Most notably, his idea of Photo Reading.

Paul explains that Photo Reading is a method of completely bypassing conscious reading techniques like speed-reading, and instead taps into the immense processing capabilities of your subconscious mind.

What he suggests is that you can “mentally photograph” the printed page at 25,000 words per minute, a process he calls Photo-Reading.

That was definitely a bold claim.

But as I started talking and learning from Paul, I realized just how powerful his ideas on Photo Reading were and I really wanted to bring his accelerated learning techniques to our Mindvalley audience.

What do you think about speed reading? Have you tried the technique before? Share you experience with us in the comments below.

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Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani

Vishen Lakhiani is the founder of Mindvalley, the education company behind many of the world's top apps, festivals, events, courses and more in the field of human transformation and personal growth.

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