The Only Skills That Matter by Jonathan Levi

TLC Book Tours recently sent me a copy of The Only Skill That Matters by Jonathan Levi in exchange for a fair review! This book is a self-help book of sorts, toted to assist readers with reading faster, retaining more, and how to use that to learn more effectively. I have always been a very fast reader, and I am no longer a student, but I find that as I get older I have begun to retain less of what I read. I am super hopeful that this book can help me with that!

Before we get into my review, let’s get a quick synopsis.

The Only Skill That Matters coverAbout The Only Skill That Matters

In the next ten years, every knowledge worker on earth will become one of two things: invaluable or obsolete. No matter the industry, the pace of progress and new information is faster today than ever before in human history—and it’s accelerating exponentially.

In this new reality, how can we possibly hope to keep up? How can we learn, unlearn, and relearn fast enough to stay relevant in the world to come?

In The Only Skill That Matters, Jonathan Levi unveils a powerful, neuroscience-based approach to reading faster, remembering more, and learning more effectively. You’ll master the techniques being used by world record holders and competitive memory athletes to unlock the incredible capacity of the human brain. You’ll learn to double or triple your reading speed, enhance your focus, and optimize your cognitive performance. Most importantly, you’ll be empowered to confidently approach any subject—from technical skills, to names and faces, to foreign languages, and even speeches—and learn it with ease.

My Review

So I have always been a very fast reader. I can blast through a book in no time at all, with really solid retention. This served me wonderfully through all my years of schooling, but I haven’t sat in a classroom since 2008 and so my brain has slowly decided it no longer needs to keep a hold of the info I put into it. But I am now working in an industry where I have to get various licenses in order to move up, and that means months of studying and a slew of exams. I feel woefully unprepared. That’s where this book come in!

Photo Oct 10, 10 05 09 PMThe author provides guidance on how to improve your reading speed and info retention, and in a way that seems easy to do and adopt into practice! For the last decade or so, as I found myself struggling to remember details of books I had finished mere weeks ago, I knew something was up. But Levi explains it in a way that it finally makes sense – our minds are constantly funneling and compartmentalizing info, deciding what needs to be kept and what can afford to be forgotten. The further I get out of a learning environment, it only makes sense that those priorities have changed, and can get cluttered! Levi offers some great practices that I think will really help me get back on track!

Obviously this is all new info for me, so I can’t say whether they work or not, but I am def feeling optimistic! I am about to start buckling down to get my Life and Health license, which will require a month worth of study, and I hope to come out the other end with a win! I am definitely going to try to use the techniques in this book to help me retain what I need to learn, and will try to post an update on if they worked for me! So let’s call this a review in progress 😉

Wish me luck!

Purchase Link

Superhuman Academy | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Jonathan Levi

JONATHAN LEVI is a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, podcaster, and bestselling author of the Become a SuperLearner book and online course series. After struggling for decades as a student and “slow learner,” Jonathan discovered a powerful methodology for learning faster and remembering more. Since 2014, Jonathan has taught this methodology to over 220,000 people in 205 countries and territories. His award-winning podcast, SuperHuman Academy, has been downloaded over 3 million times. Jonathan has been featured in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, Inc., BusinessInsider, and LifeHacker UK. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel, with his wife, Limmor. To learn more, visit

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