Shreyas Doshi+ Your Authors @shreyas early PM & first PM lead @stripe. formerly a PM lead @twitter @google @yahoo. I share offbeat ideas here—useful for some, useless for many, not for everyone ❤️ Jun. 08, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

On books, the non-fiction kind:

Almost nothing in the world can match the ROI of a great book.

There is no such thing as a cheap book.

Don’t turn book reading into a status game.

Books don’t come with a user manual for a reason. You can use them however you like. There are no rules that 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘵 be followed.

Books need not be finished. Develop the skill of not finishing okay books and bad books.

A secret for super-learning: Buy many books, start most of them, but finish just a small fraction of them.

Books need not be read sequentially.

Most people 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 books.

But books have two purposes: they are meant to be 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 AND they are meant to be 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥.

A good book should be 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 once, but 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 multiple times.

When reading a book the first time, you’re doing two distinct jobs: learning from it 𝘢𝘯𝘥 making it more user-friendly for the future-you.

Shed the habit of keeping books in pristine condition. Best way to appreciate a good book is to make it look thoroughly tainted by the time you’re done reading it. With underlines, sidenotes, and dogears.

You can use a good book (that you’ve already read) in multiple ways:

Got 5 minutes? Skim through underlines on all the pages you’ve dogeared (the best stuff)

15 min? Skim through all underlines

60 min? Carefully read all the underlines & remind yourself why they resonated

The types of books you choose to read reveal your true priorities better than your stated priorities.


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