Back when I first got into self-help, I remember seeing a YouTube ad with Tai Lopez showing off his Lamborghini next to a wall of shelves with over 2,000 books.
“The more you learn, the more you earn.”
I finished watching the ad and thought…
- Wow, this guy is filthy rich.
- But he’s clearly an idiot.
- So the strategy must be genius!
That night I started ordering books, and within a month I was reading a hundred pages a day: psychology, business, art, music, nutrition, marketing, design, writing…
I was building a bookshelf of my own, and the faster I read, the more it felt like I was accelerating toward my dream life.
Except I wasn’t…
I was spending 100% of my time reading books and 0% actually implementing the things I was learning.
Six months into going down the self-help rabbit hole, I had a stack of books, and not much to show for it.
So I decided to come up with a system that would help me not just RETAIN the ideas I was pouring into my brain but also IMPLEMENT them in my life…
- Timeframe: I got more picky and only read a book if it was relevant to a problem I could start solving that week.
- Highlights: I bought a Kindle and started highlighting any important ideas or quotes I wanted to save.
- Notes: I downloaded my highlights from Amazon and added them to a Notion page, then created to-do’s, so I could keep track of the things I wanted to experiment with or practice.
- Content: When I learned something new, I turned it into a blog post, and when I mastered bigger topics, I made them into YouTube videos (like this one about barefoot running).
At first the idea of spending hours transcribing notes, weeks producing videos, and months perfecting skills felt like a lot of work to invest in one book.
But over time I realized that any idiot can fill a bookcase — the real genius is what you DO with those ideas.
“I fear not the man who has read 10,000 books once, but I fear the man who has studied one book 10,000 times.”
— Bruce ‘The Librarian’ Lee