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A Note To Readers

The contents of Gutfeeling are presented in an alphabetical style to make it
easier for you to read and to access the thoughts contained in this book.
Attention spans have diminished over the last few years. Readers don't want
to waste their valuable time studying long, dull passages to pick up a few
nuggets along the way.

The alphabetical format allows you to access the parts of Gutfeeling most
interesting to you in the fastest possible manner. I have found that "dipping"
helps you get into the spirit of a book quickly and without pain. There is no
need to start at the beginning and read through to the end. This book has no
beginning and no end. The beginning is where you want it to be. The end is
when you've had enough for the moment. After all, the book's only job is to
help you find more of your own Gutfeeling.

Late in my life I have discovered the smarter I worked, the luckier I got. The
smarter you read, the more you retain. Therefore, to get the most out of this
book, as of any other, I highly recommend you read it with a pen or pencil in
hand. Circle, underline, or even "x" out ideas you agree or do not agree with.
As long as you don't go through the whole book and make an "x" on every
page, it's OK with me.

I grew up with the idea that you do not write in a book. And I have to admit
every time I start to read a book, I have to push myself to write in it. But
there is no question that you will learn much more when you underline and
circle passages you think are of interest than if you only read them passively.
When you then take the book out a few years later, you will be surprised to
see what impressed you some time ago. Maybe you'll even wonder what
impressed you so much that you felt you had to mark it!

George, my assistant, likes not only to underline and circle, but to use those
new little colored sticky page markers to identify pages that intrigued him.
He claims it will provide his grandchildren with some insight into his
thinking. He says, "My grandchildren love to systematically remove them
when they visit. It's a source of innocent merriment."



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