Remember how it used to feel reading books back in the 19th century?
Neither do I, because I’m from the future (the 21st century).
Back then I imagine when you read a book which was hard to come by, you would have not just read the damn thing, but you would have applied the information in the book and took some real action to get the results you wanted.
Because we weren’t drowning in information like we are today in 2018.
And that’s one of the reasons why there are disadvantages to reading books these days. More so if you’re not disciplined enough to actually do what you’ve learned.
It’s so much easier to pick up another book and get lost in it. As it gives you the feeling of accomplishment since you’re learning more and gaining knowledge while you’re at it.
And that bullshit just makes it easier to slack off and get lazy. Especially with digital books.
Sound familiar? It should. I know I’ve slapped myself a couple of times for doing the same thing.
Here are 5 Disadvantages Of Reading Too Many Books.
1. Unsure Of What to Believe
Imagine reading 10-20 different books on the topic of Healthy breakfast recipes.
By the time you’re done you won’t know what or who to believe.
The reason is simple: Every author and every book has its own opinion of what you should or shouldn’t do. As well as what’s right vs what’s wrong.
And at this point you’ve swallowed so much information on one topic that you don’t know what the fuck to spit back out.
Which leads me to my second point…
2. It encourages you to be lazy
The fact is – if you’re on a reading spree, and you’re unsure of what or who to believe, you’ll get lazy. Meaning – you won’t put any of the information into action.
You’ll be like a Heroine Addict – you’ll keep reading to experience the high of doing it, but it won’t benefit you in the slightest.
And in 2018 that’s basically what most people are doing when it comes to: how to books.
Yet they have the audacity to leave bad reviews on websites like Amazon when they didn’t bother to follow through.
In the end that behavior is detrimental to your overall habits, as it could leak into other areas of your life.
3. Sifting through the bullshit
Let’s keep it real – not every book is worth your time and energy.
On Amazon alone there are millions and millions of books for sale. With a portion of the books being free.
And even though you can look at book reviews to get an idea of what’s worthwhile, it’s unreliable. Because reviews are nothing but opinions.
A 5 star book might turn out to be a 2 star book if you read it. And that means going through a fuck load of books before landing on the diamond in the rough, which makes it all worth it.
4. What you’ve learned might be worthless
Not everything you read is worthwhile.
It’s easy to get excited and jump into every book you see just because you get a kick out of it. But what if the information you’re learning is redundant, useless, and even Outdated a couple of years from now?
You’ll die before you get the chance to read every book that’s ever been created. So it’s better to choose your books wisely because like it or not – your time is limited.
I’ve realized this fact. And the fact is: I’ve read a fuck load of books that have stole my time. And time is one thing you can’t get back.
5. Knowledge is useless if you don’t understand it
They say knowledge is power. But it’s powerless if you don’t understand what you’re learning.
Blowing through tons and tons of books on a yearly basis is fruitless if you don’t take the time to understand what you’ve read. It’s ridiculous how many books I’ve read that I didn’t re-read, and ending up forgetting about not long after.
You have to read a book dozens of times or a couple before understanding it in depth.
Without a proper understanding, you won’t take it in. Which means you won’t grow from the inside out.
After all – what’s the point of reading if what you read doesn’t change or improve you in some way?
That’s the purpose of learning in the first place. Especially if it’s for self development purposes.