Learning to Speed Read – Why it’s important

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Maybe you’re still unsure about learning to speed read and the impact it will have on various aspects of your life.  If so, you’ll enjoy this post.  In this post, I’m going to show you exactly why speed reading is so important and how reading faster will dramatically improve your life.  So for now, sit back, relax and listen as I explain why I think speed reading is important.

Let’s get started.

You don’t need me to tell you we live in a time of information overload.  Everywhere you look you’re bombarded with information telling you what to buy, how to install new software, who to elect, what to eat, habits you should break, skills you do and don’t need, the list goes on.

You see this information everywhere you look – on TV, online, on magazine stands and bookshelves, on product brochures, on airplanes and trains, in the newspaper, and even in the doctor’s office.

But that’s not all.  Think about how much information you need just to do your job, or even to get a job.  If you’re in school, the amount of information you’re expected to learn and retain increases with each passing year.  If you decide to go on to college, you’ll spend 2, 3, 4 hours or more every single day doing nothing but reading – and hopefully learning, too!

I don’t think any of you would argue that information is everywhere we turn.  And not only that, there always seems to be some new way of delivering it to the masses.

I’m even willing to say that there’s far too much information to take in and not nearly enough time to absorb it all.  And for many of us, that’s a problem. An inability to take in all of the information that’s important, whether instructional or entertaining or otherwise, can quickly become frustrating and overwhelming.  It can even make the smartest among us feel inadequate.

Here’s something else that might make you feel inadequate.

The average person reads about 250 words per minute.  That sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t.  It’s not nearly fast enough to assimilate all of the information you’re presented with while in school or performing your job, or just living your life.

Believe it or not, that impressive-sounding reading speed of 250 words per minute puts you at a great disadvantage.  Even if you learn to speed read as many as 300 to 400 words every minute, you still may not reading fast enough to get ahead in today’s highly competitive and information-packed world.

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