How to Read 200 Books a Year

Want conviction? Try the title of this article: "In the time you spend on social media each year you could read 200 books."

Ouch.

But is it true?

Yes, I believe for most people, it is. Here's the four step process:

1. Do not quit before you start.

Many will hear "200 books" and immediately say, "I can't!" or, "It's just not possible." All that does is guarantee that (for you) you won't and it is.

2. Do the math.

As author Charles Chu notes, the average American reads 200-400 words per minute. The typical non-fiction book has 50,000 words.

Here's the math: 200 books at 50,000 words per book equals 10 million words. Ten million words at 400 words per minute equals 25,000 minutes. 25,000 minutes equals 417 hours.

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A new term has found traction on the cultural scene: weaponized. It means to convert something so that it can be used as a weapon or to supply or equip something with weapons. It used to be used only in military circles, as in "weaponizing" a rocket by fitting it with nuclear material and equipping it for launch. Now we speak of weaponized... well, everything. There are weaponized apps for cyber warfare, weaponized drones and weaponized viruses.

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But the first and most detailed use of the idea is found rooted in the pages of the most sacred text of the civilized world, and it speaks of a weaponized life. A life so equipped for impact and influence, forward movement and power, that not even the gates of hell could withstand its onslaught.

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