How to Read And Learn More Effectively (Ep. 48)

Shane ParrishWant to learn how to read books more effectively and retain more of what you learn?

I’ve been following Shane Parrish, the founder of the excellent Farnam Street blog, for quite a while now. At Farnam street, Shane posts lessons from the many, many books he reads – covering subjects including psychology, business, philosophy, and more.

What’s the goal of all this reading, you ask?

“I have a fairly simple objective: I want to go to bed each night smarter than when I woke up. I also want to live a meaningful life and become a better person.” – from Shane’s About page

This is a life philosophy that I definitely share with Shane, so I wanted to have him on the podcast to discuss how he goes about living it.

In this episode, you’ll learn how he reads and takes notes from books, why Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger swore by “mental models,” and more.

Things mentioned in this episode:

If you’re interested in what I’m reading as well, connect with me on Goodreads!

Wondering where the Resources of the Week segment is? I’ve decided to use the 80/20 principle to enable myself to focus my attention completely on the things that matter, so I’ve trimmed it – but worry not, because you can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.

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This is an old episode but I just heard it and I love it.
Concerning what Parrish said about wanting a way to review his reading notes that he had saved on Evernote, there is a website called “”, find it on ( I LOVE this website, you assign to it certain notebooks in evernote and he brings you either daily or weekly, as you set it, one or more of these notes for you in your inbox to review them. I think this is exactly what you described in this episode.

Jim Vandiver

You and Parrish might find the free Podcast Encyclopedia [] helpful for personal and educational use. It contains 5K descriptions with download links, is updated quarterly, and offers a site with the entire collection of podcasts for bulk download (over 30GB though). The collection has been converted to play 50% faster which reduced the bulk and enhance faster playback speed on listening devices. I tweeted the site to Parrish. He was a good listen, as are your other efforts. Thanks. I just found you and started listening a few week ago, but am passing them on.

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