Alec Dibble

Software engineer

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Speed Read Painlessly

Introduction

Speed reading is great. A few years ago, I bought Breakthrough Rapid Reading by Peter Kump. It’s a well-written guide outlining step-by-step exercises to improve your reading speed. I practiced the exercises prescribed in the book and quickly doubled my reading speed. However, the techniques are not particularly well suited for reading on a computer screen.

For example, one of the common constraints to reading speed Kump tries to fix is the problem with eye fixation. Many people look and fixate on a word at a time when they read. On average, people can fixate once about ¼ of a second. For many people, fixating on each word as they read creates an upper limit on their reading potential. Kump’s solution is to have you read by following the movement of a pencil under the words.

By fixating on the pencil and reading as you sweep the pencil across, you can eliminate that upper

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Self Help

Many people read self-help books for that little piece of information that will change their life. Whether it is the hidden secret to quick fat loss, the 2 steps to a higher IQ, or the click away to happiness. We are constantly being inundated by the promise that the methods described will solve all of your problems.

Rarely do people fail their New Year’s Resolution solely based on their method to reach their goal. Likewise, rarely do people fulfil their New Year’s Resolution solely based on their method.

When people read self-help books, they are combing for that secret method to fix all of their problems. Self-help isn’t about research; that secret method isn’t going to get you any closer to your goal.

The closest way to reach your goal is a change of perspective. You need encouragement, passion, and grit to make changes. These are not things that you can read and instantly

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