Have you ever read a great book that inspired a number of new ideas and insights while reading it, only to forget what those ideas were two weeks later? I have, and it used to frustrate me to no end. One option would be to write in the book. Some people are comfortable highlighting the books they are reading or making notes in the margins. I am not one of them. Books to me are somewhat sacred, so the thought of defacing them is not an option for me.
Years ago I took a suggestion I heard on a Tony Robbins CD. He recommended keeping a “Success Journal”. I loved the idea and started one immediately. I have two going now, one in a blank sketch book and another in a pretty lined journal. As I read a book, listen to a CD, or come across a great quote or interesting thought, I put it in my Success Journal with a notation of where it came from. That way I can go back to the source for more information if I want to at a later time.
I keep these books handy on my bookshelf so it is easy for me to get to them. Some books generate a lot of notes as I find much of the content relevant, others provide just a nugget or two, but now it is all captured in one place where they can be useful to me at a later time.
If you are an avid learner, (and as a leader you should be!), then you can benefit from creating your own Success Journal. Writing the information down will help you to retain the important points and having it in a journal will keep it easily accessible for future reference. In fact, I knew from my Success Journal that I got this idea from Tony Robbins!
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