[Listening] How Bill Gates Remembers What He Reads

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Bill Gates reads all the time — about 50 books a year — and is an advocate* for its many benefits. So how does the billionaire book lover remember what he reads? The trick, he says, is context.

  • advocate: a person who supports or speaks in favor of someone or of a public plan or action


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If you read enough, there’s a similarity between things that make it easy, because this thing is like this other thing. If you have a _____(2 words missing), then you have a place to put everything. When you come to a topic with a base layer of understanding, then fitting in new tidbits of information makes them easier to remember.

So, incremental knowledge is so much easier to maintain in a rich way, at first it is very daunting but then as you get the kind of scope, then all these pieces fit in. If you want to learn about science, for example, reading the history of scientists and reading about the progress they made can give you the context or framework to help you remember the details. So you have the timeline, or you have the map or you have the branches of science and what’s known and what’s not known.

You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning, every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently. I was lucky to have parents who encouraged me to read. Reading fuels a sense of curiosity about the world, which I think helped _____(3 words missing) in my career and in the work that I do now with my foundation.

I refuse to stop reading a book in the middle, even if I don’t like it, and the more I dislike a book, the more time I take to write _____(2 words missing). That means I sometimes spend more time reading a book that I can’t stand than a book that I love. So it’s fun to say, okay, this is where this belongs and does this contradict something I knew before? And I better look that up, I better figure it out.

That’s all for [Listening] today! Did you get his simple trick?

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