As an avid reader, I often ask myself what is the purpose of reading so much if I’m not going to apply what I read. For example, the book Give and Take by Adam Grant outlines the benefits of giving to others. Here are a few ways in which you can give:
- Nominate someone for an award.
- Download all the birthdays of friends into your phone and set reminders to send physical birthday cards.
- When traveling, send postcards to friends and family.
- Volunteer for duties that need done.
- Follow through with friendly inquiries.
When books are read that are not in a personal improvement category, look for parts that you can write about and share with others. This is how one can “apply” that knowledge.
Books of fiction are for entertainment. You can “apply” these books by smiling, laughing, or simply being amazed. Then one can tell of their experience to others. If this application isn’t possible, then the book should probably not be finished.
Application may not be that important to you. There are a few camps of mathematicians: those that enjoy the pureness of mathematics, and those that don’t see the point unless it can be applied. Even the purest of mathematics will have an application someday in the distant future. It is good to keep that in mind when you’re reading, even if you’re enjoying it for enjoyment’s sake.