A scientific research says that we don’t generally remember more than 18% of what we have read in its immediate aftermath. Fast forward to a month later, and we can barely recall 2%. Unless you have read a book again and again, you will struggle to remember even the most salient parts let alone the whole book. One of my favorite books is ‘Leading the Revolution’ by Gary Hamel. I remember when I read the book back in 2003, I felt awe-inspired and full of adrenaline. Today, all I can remember is it had something to do with incrementalism vs radical innovation. More recently, I read Nassim Nicolas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’, a book that I figuratively devoured. I took my time to read it; I reflected each and every assertion that appealed to me. Today, I only remember a few phrases – via negativa, skin in the game – and a few definitions, what is Antifragility, and a few examples, fat Tony and Switzerland. Yes, that’s a tome of a book reduced to hazy generalities for you.
See the simple science behind our forgetful agency is that our brain has only so much storage space and it wipes out the memories we don’t call on often. Rereading, thus, is the only exception to this rule. The saints and the clerics, who recite religious texts often know them by heart and that happens because of months and years of practice.
The authors, however, make the reader’s job easier. They often crystallize their ideas into several laconic yet concrete propositions and scatter them throughout a book. I like to collect such resplendent pieces of enlightenment and I call them pearls of wisdom. Social media loves these awe-inspiring statements, insightful remarks, especially, when they come in the shape of rich pictures. I curate the strongest and the most forceful remarks from the books I read and put them in the shape of pictures for easier recall and sharing.
Unlike numerous websites showcasing the same centuries-old, well-publicized quotes, I constantly update this section by picking the latest from books I read. Lastly, I hope that by reflecting upon each pearl and inculcating them into your routine, you would enrich your lives every day.
P.s.: – By no means, should these takeaways be considered an alternative to the books. I recommend that you read the respective books to maximize your knowledge potential.