Posted by Scott Bywater in Personal Development Dec 14th, 2017

I read a lot.

In fact, I think I enjoy reading more than almost anything.

But I’ve wondered for years, how do I organise all this knowledge – and also ensure I don’t forget it.

I think I’ve found a way, that might help you too.

It’s a simple card system.

You read the book. You make your highlights.

And than a few weeks later, you go back to the book with some 3 inch by 5 inch cards and you start to break down what you learnt into categories.

For instance, recently I read the book, The Luck Factor by Max Gunther.

And here are some of the notes I took and how I categorised them in my system:

Book Recommendation:

The Battle for Investment Survival by Gerald M. Loeb. p.176


The importance of a web of friendly contacts. p.125
How to best connect with a stranger. p. 129


How Hilton got his break using intuition. p.133


Know when to sell out – losing a tug of war with a tiger. p. 184-185

Importance of knowing the downsides. P.187

Why the straight line work ethic is wrong. P. 160-161


Best time to sell out of any investment. P. 161

By going through this process, not only do I break down success, investment, networking advice into sections from different books… I gain a deeper understanding and absorption of the book I just read.

Of course, this approach also helps when writing a book, creating a sales letter, etc. It’s the best way of remembering and organising knowledge I’ve come across.

Scott Bywater

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