In my reading of business theory and professional development books over the years, I've often found myself skipping this section or that, jumping around from B to Z and A to L, rereading something I had covered earlier, and so on. I have done this in order to take in the information as I needed it at the various times I picked up the book, with all due respect to how the author intended it to be read.
I have often wondered whether others read (or should I say "process information") in this random, custom-tailored way. It isn't always a strict reading of a book—sometimes it's scanning or rescanning, being reminded by headlines, subheads, and illustrations, or going back to charts or diagrams for reference. It's also using the index as a site map, or skipping ahead to the information you need more urgently, or even reinventing the book in your own form sticking notes in pages, tearing out or copying pages, sticking related articles in the gutter, and so on.
Before writing this book, I did a little "granny survey" of a couple of dozen friends and acquaintances to see how they read professional development books. And guess what? I'm not alone in my reading(?) habits.
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