What is Summi?
I remember the conversation with the deputy head of sixth form.
“Given your condition Alec you will struggle with reading, especially under time pressure, so remember to take things slower than the rest of the class”.
I felt like an idiot.
I had proved multiple teachers wrong before, but this was different. Before it was just feeble opinions “He never pays attention in class!”, now there were scientific documents to reveal a fragility that academia would frequently exploit.
The peak of my workaholism was in my second year at University.
A place full of talented students that excelled in multiple areas – I sadly was excelling in none.
By the end of that year, I was burnt out and my grade was still mediocre. Relationships had crumbled because all I could care about was my work. My health was far from optimal given my lack of sleep and the high levels of cortisol that sloshed in my bloodstream.
There was one thing going for me though.
I had an offer to join a startup for the summer founded by individuals a few years older than myself. It was my chance to learn from people at the top of their game.
That summer, I was a sponge.
I took it all in.
One thing stood out to me very quickly: they all read books. Great books. Bestsellers or undiscovered gems. It was all consumed voraciously.
I had not read frequently since I was a child.
That summer changed everything.
I have been reading frequently since July 2017 and as I write this in February 2018, I have read 23 books including heavy weights such as Ray Dalio’s Principles and Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss.
All aspects of my life have improved. It has not been a straightforward task; there were some days where I had to read lines over and over again. Other times, I questioned whether it was even worth the effort.
I am glad to say that reading regularly has been a life changing habit for me. Now with Summi, I would like to share the best insights from numerous books and continue to learn with you.
It can get lonely sometimes…