This is where I was about 7 months ago: I had a list of self improvement books that I wanted to read, but I never read one of them. Why? Because I didn’t have the time to do it! I was busy trying to take action on making my life better.
Taking action on the life you want is not a bad thing. But the problem was I was missing out on important insights that those books had that could possibly improve my life even more.
How Many Well Known Books Have I Read Since Then?
It depends on how you look at it. I’ve technically read none, but at the same time I’ve read about 88 books – or at least acquired the main insights from the books and added that insight into my life and improved my health, happiness, and career.
How? With Philosophers Notes
What Is Philosophers Notes?
It is a brilliant idea by Brian Johnson.
It is summaries of all your must-read self improvement books, with the main points highlighted and discussed.
Philosophers Notes allow you to dig into the heart of the books, without actually having to read the whole book.
Brian has pulled out the main points for you and put them on a handy PDF (or in audio format if you prefer to listen that way!)
It Only Takes About 10-20 Minutes To Soak In The Information
I used to listen to the Philosophers Notes on audio, and that takes about 20 minutes. It is Brian talking about the note, and he often adds in little comments that are not included on the note.
I found that by reading the PDF, I was able to speed up the process to about 10-15 minutes, and I still got everything I need to get from the note.
That is pretty insane! You can get the main points of the book within 10 minutes!
For instance, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, is one of the notes that Brian has created. Inside the note, he covers all 7 habits in 6 PDF pages (all the notes are 6 PDF pages).
Brian spent time reading all of the books he has created notes on so that we don’t have to. Even though I’m sure that you, like me, would love to read the self improvement books word-by-word, it is not an easy thing to do with friends, family, work, and life getting in the way!
The Pros Of Philosophers Notes
Besides getting the main insights from your favorite self improvement books, there are other pros.
- You can read them at your leisure because once you get them they are yours
- You can listen to them on audio if you would rather take in the note on the way to work, the grocery store, your family gathering, etc.
- You can go back and refer to them when needed (which is great for a personal growth writer like me!)
- Every day you become a little wise. I often find myself acting differently than the day I did before with a new insight that changes the way I view life, people, or myself.
The Con Of Philosophers Notes
It costs money. If you are like me, you can easily get your books from the library and read them for free. However, as I said, you may not read many of those books because they are too long, and to skim through them and find the main points is pretty much impossible. That’s why Philosophers Notes is worth the investment. It takes 10-20 minutes a day and you are much more likely to get in there and read it.
I Recommend Trying Philosophers Notes To Everyone
I really think that this is a brilliant idea that can benefit you and every person around you. Bite sized pieces of insights that can help you improve your life without having to spend hours reading through a book.
Of course, if you really like the philosophers note on a particular book, you can easily go out and read the book too. But I have to say that I have personal got excited about every single book Brian has talked about, yet I haven’t read a book yet.
Why? Because there is still not enough time. I still desire to read the book, but I still don’t have the time in the day. If I did, I wouldn’t need philosophers notes!