Become A Learning Machine: How To Read 300 Books This Year
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Become A Learning Machine: How To Read 300 Books This Year

Secrets From Elon Musk, Bill Gates and 22 Other Radically Successful People To Read Almost A Full Book A Day
4.2 (1,053 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
11,873 students enrolled
Created by Brandon Hakim
Last updated 6/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, you'll be able to read 1-2 books a day and over 300 in a year
  • You'll learn the only 2 ways to learn something according to Elon Musk -- and how to excel at each
  • Find mentors and people to help you succeed on your journey
  • Turn your learning into action (because knowledge without knowing how to use it is useless)
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  • A desire to learn more and achieve things beyond mediocrity
  • The willingness to spend time reading daily

In this course, I'll show you the entire, step-by-step blueprint I'll use to read over 300 books this year.

Because reading isn't just something you should do -- it's a must if you want to live your dreams.

It's no wonder Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, Will Smith and many more of the world's most radically successful people read more in a month than most people do in a decade.

In this course, I'll help you become a learning machine as well.

I'll show you how to pick the right books, and how to get through them as quickly as possible so you can take what you learn to get real results in your life.

If you want to read more fiction books, this course isn't for you. This also isn't a course just on "speed reading" because I prefer reading the right things than reading the wrong things quickly.

All I care about is reading a book or two a day and using what I learn to make my life better. If you want to do the same, this course can change your life (I know because many of the students of the course have told me exactly that!)

Here's a sample of what you'll learn inside:

1. The ONE change you need to make to change how you read forever [Lecture 5]

2. Why everything you learned in school stops you from reading more than 20 books a year (and what to do about it) [Lecture 2]

3. A not so obvious, hidden benefit of reading that will make you want to read every, single day [Lecture 3]

4. Where NEVER to read [Lecture 28]

5. A little known trick that can INSTANTLY double your reading speed [Lecture 16]

6. "The Double Time Solution": A Simple thing you can do to read twice as many books without spending ANY extra time [Lecture 22]

7. How to make sure you read all the time [Lecture 9]

8. Do you do THIS after you read? If not, all that time reading could be a total waste [Lecture 17]

9. How to use what you learn from books to make more money (or get anything else you want) [Lecture 4]

10. 3 simple ways to read any book quickly (HINT: none of them are what we call "traditional reading") [Lecture 14]

11. What to do as soon as you open the book...and why it can save you hours [Lecture 13]

12.How to take notes on a book so you can review it even years later in 20 minutes or less [Lecture 18]

13. Why dividing all your reading into two specific categories can make you more successful [Lecture 23]

14. What books to NEVER read [Lecture 11]

15. How to read even the most technical books in a day – the ones that used to take months to read [Lecture 26]

16. The 3 types of books you NEED to read [Lecture 12]

17. How to permanently memorize everything you read [Lecture 20]

18. What I learned from a Roman philosopher from 2,000 years ago to organize my bookshelf [Lecture 32]

19. The 300 Book Excel Sheet: Use this excel sheet to perfectly organize the hundreds of books you'll read this year [Lecture 10]

20. Do you buy your books on Amazon? Here's how to save over $100 this year [Lecture 33]

21. Elon Musk: What he can teach you about learning anything without a college degree [Lecture 45]

And much, much more...

You'll also get access to 5 bonus sections on even more reading tricks, how to find mentors,  achieving your dreams and making the most of your time. I've also included a free bonus resource where I'll share with you the life-changing ideas from the best books I read in real time.

So to become a learning machine and read more books than you ever thought possible, just click the "take this course" button because every day you delay is an extra book you could have read.

To your success,


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to read more non-fiction books this year
  • People who have big dreams and strive for things above mediocrity
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Curriculum For This Course
67 Lectures
Why To Read A Book A Day
3 Lectures 10:01

In this lecture, we'll talk about why you need to become a learning machine this year -- and how it can change your life.

Preview 05:19

In this lecture, we'll talk about why reading isn't just a nicety, it's a must. I'll show you why reading is the key to your success, share with you what some of the world's most successful people say about the importance of reading (and how much they read) and show you one of my favorite videos about reading by Will Smith.

Preview 02:25

I used to think reading was just about getting smarter. But then, I started seeing a huge difference in my life that had nothing to do with the specifics of what I was reading, and I discovered that I couldn't be more wrong.

Reading isn't just about getting smarter -- it's also about "altitude" as Donald Trump calls it. And I think this benefit of reading is even more important than what you'll learn from the books you read.

The Hidden Benefit Of Reading Most People Completely Miss

Why Do We Read?
1 question
The Mindset Shift
5 Lectures 12:57

In school, we're taught to read so we can have an intelligent conversation about what we read. This couldn't be more wrong. You want your learning to lead to action. In this lecture, we'll talk about the huge difference between the two, and how to make sure you take advantage of this principle.

Preview 03:02

In this lecture, we'll talk about why reading is like an interview, and why this will completely change how you read (and re-read) books.

The Interview

In this lecture, I'll share with you the specific advice I got that completely changed how I read overnight. It's another huge mindset shift you need to apply that I learned from a multi-millionaire guest speaker in one of my classes in college. I'm so lucky I went to class that night. It changed my life.

The Critical Mindset Shift

I used to only be able to get through a book a week, until I made this one change -- I changed my standard. In this lecture we'll talk about why this is so important, what type of standard to adopt, and how.

The Secret To Becoming A Learning Machine

In lecture 7, we talked about standards which can help you read a book a day. But just because you can go through a book a day, doesn't mean you'll get to 300 this year. In this video, we'll talk about how to do that.

How I'm Reading 300 Books This Year

The Priority Of Reading
1 question
What To Read (and When)
4 Lectures 19:54

In this lecture, we'll talk about what you need to do make sure you're always reading and getting through a lot of books. This is something I first learned from Aristotle and is something I've since implemented in all areas of my life.

A Habit That Can Help You Learn Like Crazy

In this lecture, you'll learn how to organize the books you've read and the books you want to read, and make sure you're reviewing the right ones. This is really the key to taking the information you read and doing something valuable with it. You'll also get a copy of my 2016 reading sheet.

How To Stay On Top of Your Reading

Reading a lot isn't enough. If you're not reading the right books, it's not only a waste of time. It can be detrimental.

In this lecture, we'll talk about breaking your reading into 2 categories, and why each one is incredibly important for your success. Then in the next lecture, we'll divide these up into 3 specific types of books.

Preview 04:08

In this lecture, you'll learn the 3 types of books you need to make sure you're always reading and the benefits of each. After this video, you won't be wasting time on pointless books, and making sure the ones you read add the most value to your life.

The 3 Types of Books You NEED To Read

Have You Done This Yet?
1 question
The Action Plan
8 Lectures 21:43

There's one specific thing you can do as soon as you open a book to be able to go through it the most quickly, and get the most out of it. Here's how to do it, and why.

What To Do As Soon As You Open The Book

In this lecture, we'll talk about why there are actually three different ways to read, and why you need to know when to use each one depending on the book you're reading. This will help you get through each book the most efficiently.

The 3 Ways To Read (and when to use each)

It's not only important what you read -- it's equally as important what you skip. The reason is opportunity cost. If you spend your time reading something that doesn't add value to your life, that's time taken away from something you could be reading that would be adding tremendous value to your life.

In this lecture, you'll learn what to skip in a book.

What To Skip

In this lecture, you'll learn a simple trick you can use right now to instantly become a significantly faster reader. This trick instantly eliminates almost all the causes of slow reading, which is why it works so well.

A Trick To Instantly Become A Faster Reader

It's not about what you read. It's about what you take away. In this video, we'll talk about taking away the critical information in the book, how to remember the most important points, and learn the most from the book.

Don't Just Read...Think!

In this lecture, we'll talk about exactly how to take notes in the book to help you learn what you're reading, and let you be able to review any book in 20 minutes.

How To Take Notes In The Book

In this lecture, I'll share with you the system I use to remember the key points of any book, and be able to review it in seconds.

How To Take Notes On The Book

In this lecture, we'll talk about the power of reviewing what you read, how to review, and what to review in the first place. This piece is critical.

How To Permanently Ingrain What You Read In Your Mind

The Action Plan
3 questions
Final Thoughts
1 Lecture 03:06

In this lecture, let's put everything you've learned together. More importantly, it's time for you to take the 300 book challenge. You're now ready.

The 300 Book Challenge
Bonus 1 - A Simple Thing You Can Do To Read Twice as Many Books
4 Lectures 05:54

In this lecture, you'll learn specifically how to read twice as many books without spending any extra time.

How To Read Twice As Many Books (without spending any extra time)

Sometimes it's actually better to not read a book. Here's how to know if that's the case.

When It's Better To Not Read

Here are three strategies to take notes on audiobooks.

Taking Notes On Audiobooks

Here's another resource you may want to use to go through more books.

A Resource I Started Using
Bonus 2 - How You Can Read Even More Books
5 Lectures 12:32

In this lecture, we'll talk about how to use what you've learned for every type of book you'll read, including very technical books.

Using This Framework For Every Book

Why it's sometimes better to not finish a book you're reading, and what to do if that's the case.

The Art of Non-Finishing

In this lecture, we'll talk about why you need to re-evaluate where you read in the first place to read more quickly.

Where To Read ( matters a lot)

In this lecture, we'll talk about the huge difference between reading on your kindle and reading physical books.

Should I Read On My Kindle?

Let me show you how I personally apply what you've learned so far, and how it's had a huge impact on my life.

How I Read So Quickly
Bonus 3 - Even More Reading Tips
4 Lectures 23:48

A simple thing you can do in less than 30 seconds to really learn about what you read on a deep level.

Learning Even Better

What a Roman philosopher said 2,000 years ago about reading and how you can use it to organize your bookshelf.

Preview 03:10

Here is what I do on Amazon to save hundreds of dollars a year on books.

How To Save Hundreds On Books

In this lecture, I'm going to share with you 20 books that completely changed my life, along with the key takeaways of each that you can apply to your life. I've also included links to all the books in the resources section of the video.

20 Books That Changed My Life (and what I learned from each)
Bonus 4 - Everything You Need To Know About Speed Reading
1 Lecture 10:44

Speed reading is only a small part of my overall reading strategy. But it's still a useful skill to have. Here's everything you need to know to reach your maximum reading speed.

Everything You Need To Know About Speed Reading
Bonus 5 - Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
9 Lectures 24:03

Remember, it's better to get 80% of the ideas in 20% of the time. For that reason, and I few others we'll talk about in this video, don't worry about it.

What If I Miss Something Important?

There are 4 parts to this question -- we'll talk about each in this video

How Can I Get Through Really Long Books In 1 Day?

Here's a resource I made in response to this question to stay up to date on more book recommendations

Do You Have More Book Recommendations?

To make sure your learning leads to action, ask these 2 questions

How Do I Make Sure My Learning Leads To Action?

Yes and no. Here's why...

Does This Work For Fiction?

A lot of people ask about speed reading -- as if speed reading is some magic formula. To me, the only "speed reading" trick you really need is the trick we talked about in Lecture 16. But if you really want to take your reading speed to the next level, you can also check out my course Ultimate Speed Reading.

How Is This Different Than Speed Reading?

Why just reading articles isn't enough -- and how to take a more balanced approach.

Can I Just Read Articles?

Why you need to read the actual book, and not just read summaries

Why Can't I Just Read Book Summaries?

By itself, reading will shave years off trial and error time on your path to success (whatever success means to you). But here are a few other thoughts to find your "career"

Can This Help Me Find A Career?
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About the Instructor
Brandon Hakim
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I'm On A Quest To Give You The Education You'll Never Get In School.

The things that the world's highest achievers spent their entire lives discovering, that no professor or teacher will ever tell you.

Because when I was in college, I was mad. I’d just read a book and everything inside was the opposite of what I was learning in all my classes.

So I ran into the dean’s office and said "I'm literally learning more from the books I get on Amazon for five bucks than these classes that cost thousands of dollars each!"

And all she had to tell me is...they're working on it!

So when I walked out that day, I swore I’d teach myself the things I should have learned in school. And I started reading LOTS of books….now over a thousand on everything from meditation to making money. And I realized ONE BIG THING…

Everyone who’s excelled in any area of life knew things we’re never taught in school.

They were Insiders.

They discovered the truth about finding their purpose and creating a perfect vision to work towards. Or about motivation and productivity, financial freedom, having authentic relationships, changing the world, persuading people, learning incredibly quickly or celebrating their hundredth birthday still in perfect health.

Meanwhile in college we didn’t learn any of this stuff. Instead we’re forced to pay tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to memorize facts so we could write them on a piece of paper.

So if you want to live a life miles beyond the “regular” life, you'll have to learn less from a classroom, and more from the people who have actually gotten the things you want.

And my goal on Udemy is to share with you how you can also Become A Learning Machine and to condense tens of thousands of pages of reading in different subjects to help you become way more productive and make a lasting impact on the world.