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S01E02 – How & Why to Read Non-Fiction Books

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In this episode of the Muslim Life Hackers Podcast, Maheen Malik explains to us why reading is important and presents us with tips on how to read a Non-Fiction Book.

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– Why Reading is Important for Muslim Life Hackers
– 5 steps on How to Read a Non Fiction Book

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Episode Two. Welcome to the Muslim life hackers podcast, the weekly podcast providing you with tips and tricks on how to hack your life and maximize its potential. And now for your hosts Mithra maroof and maheen Malik.

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As we said, the crisis see that

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Assalamu alaikum was in life hackers, this is America. And in today's episode, my co host, Mohit Malik will be discussing the importance of reading books, and some quick tips on how to have a better experience reading nonfiction books. All the links, links and resources mentioned in this episode will be found in the show notes that can be found at Muslim life hackers.com forward slash two. That's the number two. Now let's get started making Why is reading important. Okay, well, I believe reading is important, because it's one of the best ways to improve your knowledge and grow your mindset. I believe reading is an essential method for success. Because not only does it add to

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your knowledge, but you're able to explore topics and subjects that you're interested in to a much richer extent, you have the added knowledge of experts and thinkers that your fingertips, just imagine years of experience written down in front of you. I think this is a great place to mention a quote that we've talked about previously. But it goes like this, in five years time, you'll be the same person you are now except for the books that you've read and the people that you've met. I think this is really profound, because it's so amazing to think that, you know, it's quite true, we will be the same person, except for the added knowledge that we've gotten through books or whatever

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other means, and the people that we've met, the connections that we've made, the interactions that we have with people. And yeah, so Wow, that's an interesting way to look at it. Because I do find that people when they, for example, they travel in too many places. And as a result of that travel, they meet different people, they do come up as an individual that was changed by the experience. And maybe the reason why was because of the people they met. But not all of us get that opportunity to get out there and travel to meet people. So if we can't do that, then there's also books as well that we can read. And that's something that's anyone can do. It's available. Definitely well, so why

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is it important for a life hacker to be reading? Okay, well, why we say that it is important for you to reading is that you're never stagnant with your growth. here most of life occurs, we try and employ what's called a growth mentality. It's one of the best ways to keep your mind constantly engaged and churning out those higher order thoughts, stimulating creativity through reading. And we want you to have the know how on how to tackle the mountains that you're facing. We're really big on mountains here. Yeah. So when you open a book, you're, it's like you're with a mentor, you have someone's thoughts and issues that you wish to learn about, you have the mistakes there in front of

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you, the successes and a guidance there for you, we want you most of my focus has to be set up for success. And one of the best ways to do this is through through reading. Hmm, that's a really good way to put it. Because one of the things that we do have an added advantage, because if we can get instruction from somebody who's already been there and done that, then that can save us so much time. And we can be potentially saved of making a lot of mistakes, and get a better step to wherever we want to go. That's true. So that's that's really important, because it does,

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it does actually go wildly out to be able to blackjack out you do what you aim high. But at the same time we want to see which would actually take us to which method Yeah, the easier method that will take us there. Yeah, because there are different methods to get to one place, but we see what is the most efficient one and reading books will definitely help you with Yeah, there's no point in making the mistakes that other people have already made. Okay, so when we're reading nonfiction books, what are some tips you can offer us in within when we can read nonfiction books? Because I know that when we come to a book, and it's like, it's sometimes it can be wordy, and we don't know how to get it

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and implement that information. And so what are some tips on that? Yeah, well, I guess I'm for people who are not familiar, not that familiar with the reading, it can be a daunting, don't you think like jumping into the reading the book word, so to speak. So I'm going to give six steps, six tips kind of on how you can have a better experience with reading nonfiction. Okay. All right. So I guess tip number one would be choose a topic. There's a lot of things to read about. So pick something that interests you. And that kind of narrows down this whole information overload that we have out there. At the moment, I'm reading a book like influencing it's called How to get people to

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do stuff.

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Just a little bit about me. You're not trying to unmute me bootsy.

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I'm so sorry. Dr. Susan M. Was was Schneck. I don't know how to say last time, so forgive me. So another way you can figure out how to choose a topic is under a recommendations from friends to get Amazon. I'm just really find something that you want to know more about and just go go into that topic. Yeah, we're speaking about you

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thing a topic, we also have a page in which we're actually going to be launching now, it's gonna have all the recommended books, oh, yeah, Muslim life. So you can be able to find all the books that we recommend that you can start reading. And also the one that Mickey mentioned right now, you can have a look at it and start influencing people.

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Great. So I guess I'm step number two, after you've found a topic, okay? To get to know the writer. Now, I don't do this very often. But I, I guess, when you think about it, it would add a lot to your experience with reading that book, knowing the person who's written, written reading that particular book, knowing a bit more about their background would get you to, you'd have a better understanding of where they're coming from where, what their point of views are, how they came to that kind of conclusion. And yeah, it would it would experience it does help because you can actually see why the author what influences the author to write in that particular style, because I know that people that

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may have a have a background, which is much more logical, and it's going to be like a step by step way. Whereas another person who has a more creative mindset, you're from, like a creative field, and they would have a different way of writing. So it does help and especially if you can, if you find that the author is think similar to how you do Yeah, right, that would be a better way. Because ultimately, the the writer during the course of reading that book, that right is going to be a teacher. Yeah. So you get to know our teacher. Yeah, it's a more, I guess, more intimate experience with the book, once you know, the person that you're communicating with, so to speak. Makes sense.

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Yeah. So get to know the writer. And then step number three, or tip number three, I should say, is check out, check out parts of the books before check out parts of the book before you purchase it or whatever. So you might want to have a look at the way the layout is set how the writer is writing, like, different people use different language. And maybe you find some some language to be a bit too technical, I find some books are too technical, they use a lot of jargon that's specific to that topic. Maybe we want to find something that's a bit more easy to read, the words are bigger, or see if that style suits you in that if you'd like to sit down with that book for hours on end. Is that

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what you're looking for? So then the next tip, after you've checked that the writer, check out the book, just get stuck into it interact with that book? I know some people, this is like a big no no for them. They don't like to touch their books, especially if they've got the hard copies. But I like to highlight sections that I found that are really interesting. It's kind of a quote, having a conversation with the author. Just write your notes on the side. You don't be afraid to break book by some people. I know this one person, a friend of mine, they what they do is that they contact the older books, what does it take to get a clear concrete contract?

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That's really intense.

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But yeah, so I like to get in there and put stuff in there bookmarks, crazy, crazy things. And I come back later. And I see all these notes that have been shows that have a history with that book. And that's how I've kind of gone through a journey. But it does it does become unreadable after that. Well, it's my book refer.

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Yeah, because at the end of the day, when we read a book, we see about taking benefit out of persistent traumas, because it is the books that we got, and we want to get the, like, 100% out of it pretty much. But speaking about interacting with 4k, if you have a Kindle book, because I'm not, I'm not the biggest fan of hardcover books. And because I just I just like the portability of having a Kindle book. And I can have like so many books in my Kindle. It's actually the black and white one. So it's not like the the fancy ones that look like the iPad. Because I found that the ones that are black and white day, you can actually focus much more and doesn't hurt your eyes. And what I

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found is that if I want to write something in it, then I can just highlight it and write it. And yeah, yeah, that's what the comments tab and the comments, tabs and highlighting. And it's, it's been a really good experience in reading the book. Yeah. So I guess like another point is that you've got all of those different avenues to read. And you've got the Kindle books and the ebooks and things like that. And you've also got the hardcover, hard copies, whatever works for you really, the main thing is that getting you to to read the books. Yeah, true, true. All right. So that was step number four, get stuck into it. Okay, so tip number five would be let others know about what

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you've read. This is one of the best ways to consolidate your knowledge is to teach others be the teacher and share what you've shared what you've learned with other people. Hey, be like, Hey, you know, I've read this awesome book, I think you should check it out. A really acid experience. Plus you've got a book button to discuss, discuss what you've read. Yeah, that's a really good way because one of the best ways I'm learning is by teaching Yeah, of course. telling our friends that's a great idea. And I think last tip I'm going to mention is, I let them in just because I have this personal experience. I've had this personal experience is don't be afraid to put the book down. And

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a lot of people get stuck this way they start a book and then they just lose interest and they feel guilty about

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I'm not finishing that book. And so they just I think you don't have that yet. A lot this episode a lot of people, and they just, they don't finish the book, they just leave it, but they don't want to pick up something else. Because Yeah, they feel like they have this obligation to finish. But you know what? Mr. maphack? Is I'm giving you permission to put down the book, move on to something else. It's not your job to keep interested. It's the author's job to keep you engaged in that book. Yeah. And if it's just not doing it for you, then move on. Yeah. Because there are many, many books out there on the same topic. Yeah, if one doesn't, if one does it through your learning style, then

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I guess it makes sense to move on to it. If the same thing about I'll get a book and I don't finish reading it. And I feel really bad about like 100 books to you. But yeah, so I guess they're the six tips that we've got there. And the main point is like, taking away from these points is like, just keep reading, just just go for it. So if we were to summarize these six tips, so the first one would be to choose a topic, the second one will be to know the writer. And the third one would be to check out the sections of the book, fourth one being get stuck into it. This one is let others know what you have read. So reteach it. And sixth one is, don't be afraid to put the book down. Again, these

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are the tips of reading nonfiction books. And these are really good tips to follow by Melanie, was there anything else you want to add on to this? I just what I really want to get across with these six points is that just just get started. The main point is to get reading and get out there and really pick up this good habit. This good life, life habits help you just like they say, leaders are readers. Yeah, that's right.

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Okay, so the hint, can you give us an action point that we can just take from now and we can just start implementing it. Okay, a challenge with some life hack is I want you to pick a book that you want to read and commit to reading it. So write down the comments, the show, make comments and make a statement be like, Hey, I'm going to read this book, total equity, publicly announcing it and just commit, go for it. Awesome. I look forward to seeing all those comments. Okay, so that concludes today's episode of the Muslim life hackers podcast. As mentioned earlier, our show notes can be found at Muslim life hackers.com slash two. That's number two. If you have enjoyed this podcast,

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