Nassim Taleb on Reading


I figured out that whatever I selected myself I could read with more depth and more breath- there was a match to my curiosity.

The enterprise needed to be totally effortless in order to be worthwhile. The minute I was bored with a book or a subject I moved to another one, instead of giving up on reading altogether- when you are limited to school material and you get bored, you have a tendency to give up and do nothing or play hooky out of discouragement.

The trick is to be bored with a specific book, rather than with the act of reading.

(via Nassim Taleb, Antifragility, A lesson in Disorder, 245)

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