I’m nearing the end of a book I’ve been reading for the past week. It’s written by a known expert in his field. The information is excellent, helpful and ultra-valuable. However, there are two areas that trouble me. The first is that the author, in my opinion, comes across as somewhat arrogant. More disturbing though, is that certain things he writes as facts are really nothing more than opinions. And, they should not be taken at face value.
The above shortcomings, while not enjoyable to me personally, take nothing away from the immense business value I’m receiving.
If I may suggest; when reading a book, especially one by a proclaimed (by self or others) expert, read with discernment. It is our human nature to believe what is written. This, through a combination of perceived authority and — in the case of this book — because most of the information is so good.
It is important, while reading, to ask questions such as:
- Why does he/she say this?
- On what evidence or proof are they basing their statement?
- Are they being overly influenced by their personal belief system?
Just because one writes a book, that does not mean they know it all (I can tell you that first-hand!). 🙂 It does mean they should be sure that what they write is true. And, they should keep their ego in check during the process; perhaps questioning themselves, and their own premises, when they begin to provide opinions communicated as facts.
The rest, however, is up to us as readers. It is our responsibility to first separate the wheat from the chaff. And then to take the wheat and leave the chaff.
Just my thoughts. Would love to know yours. By the way, any other questions that come to mind in addition to the three listed above? Did I miss any?