- There are many times that I think back over my life and wish I had done some things differently. We all do it, and we try to pass on our successes and failures to our children. Here are a few things that I often recommend to parents with children. The best education anyone will ever get is outside the classroom.
- Read at least 10 pages every day of a non-fiction book from various fields of study: science, history, literature, music, art, science fiction, theology, economics, etc. Increase the number of pages by one page per day until you get it up to 20 pages per day. R. J. Rushdoony read at least one book per day—“underlined, with a personal index in the back cover—six days a week for 25 years. He then followed suit with another 25 years of the same schedule.” Go and do likewise. In ten days, you will have read a 200-page book. That’s more than 30 books per year. In ten years, 300 books. In 40 years, 1200 books. Increase the number of pages per day, and you will have read in a lifetime more books than most people have seen in their local public library.
- Learn how to skim a book to determine if it’s worth reading all of it. Learn how to speed read to mine books for information.
- Keep a notebook of insights, facts, well-stated truths, and new vocabulary words. I use “Moleskine Notebooks,” but there are a number of cheaper knockoffs. If you are ecology minded Ecosystem Notebooks also work well. I carry a compact notebook with me everywhere I go. A tablet or smart phone can also work. You can’t trust your memory. Check out Michael Hyatt’s “Recovering the Lost Art of Note Taking.” Evernote is a popular digital program that comes highly recommended. It works cross platform with all your devices.
- Read at least one book in a category that you find difficult and even boring so you are able to discuss five principles about that subject. Think of yourself stuck with some guy at a party who is fascinated with celestial mechanics. You will make a friend. Knowing a little bit about a lot of different subjects is a great conversation starter.
- Take the initiative and ask questions of people who know more than you do. Listen more than you speak. If an answer is not clear, ask for clarification. People like to be asked questions about what they do.
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