Organizations are the sum of their actors. When one participant is weak, it affects the whole.
Real leaders look for solutions to this; they look for ways to improve the minimum baseline of their weakest links and strengthen the hierarchies above them.
Whether it’s in the domain of exercise, nutrition, or education, you as a problem solver are tasked with sourcing a wellness program that works.
Notevantage is an educational subscription product/service that extracts the best tidbits from the best non-fiction books and emails them to subscribers every Monday.
Why so special?
The creator of the site and writer behind the notes is me, a dynamically intelligent entrepreneur and still licensed attorney whose primary strength is simplifying complex subjects.
I extract and curate fine gold from a myriad of non-fiction books and then deliver it to subscribers in an easy to understand flow of information. Here’s the basic outline:
The word count on each note typically falls between 1,500 – 3,500.
Keep in mind, this is not a book summary. It’s an hyper-aggressive fixation on the best parts of the best books.
Book summaries are too general which waters down the material and weakens the educational value.
Moreover, the voluminous nature of summary sites like Blinkist and GetAbstract overwhelms even eager learners:
Slash the throat of analysis paralysis, of bureaucracy and get to the damn point.
Your company will learn the way we all learn now.
By scrolling on your phone.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about setting your group or organization up with a stellar corporate wellness education program.
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While vigorously researching the book summary marketplace, I happened upon one Olga Khazan’s article (from The Atlantic) where she provided more anecdotal confirmation that my book summaries don’t work theory is RIGHT:
Moreover, she struck my Notevantage chords multiple times. Check these selections out:
Now granted Notevantage is completely RANDOM (thus far) but if non-fiction book tidbits (and great, practical ones at that) is what you seek then that is what ye shall get here.
Here’s some more confirmation bias from the blogosphere:
And of course you’ve seen my extremely biased theory on why book summaries are 85% garbage, 15% ok, fine they’re not the scum of the earth.
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As I researched Instaread, GetAbstract, and Blinkist and looked for other similar subscription services, I realized something: the marketplace was missing the most important product of all: the tidbits!
It’s like when Elaine told Mr. Lippman about muffin tops being the best part of the muffin:
Think about it, why do we read books?
To gain knowlege, yes. But more specifically, we read for the tidbits, the anecdotes, the little gold nuggets where just one can change the way we think, the way we act for the better.
Or maybe they’re just a way to sound smart at those theoretical cocktail parties.
Either way, non-fiction book tidbits are informational gold: We want to have them and store them away but they take significant resources to acquire.
A good book sets you back $10-$15 but the real bee sting is taking 7-10 hours to read the book.
Holy work week that’s a lot of time, Batman.
And that’s why over here at the Notevantage Info Factory I painstakingly churn out sweet, sweet tidbits of gold for our subscribers.
The conveyor belt of boxed information never stops and that means you’re always privy to the best in random self-improvement notes.
And I don’t stop at the raw tidbits. I summarize them, explain them in plain English (so they’re easy to understand), and spell out the practical takeaways of each so that you can use them to YOUR BENEFIT in real life.
Education is often unnecessarily hard for students/knowledge thirsters. Not with Notevantage.
No rites of passage, just $45 and you’re in the club.
Click here to join and enrich yourself.
There’s an old saying that goes “you reap what you sow” but it doesn’t matter because whether you’ve been good or bad, anyone can enjoy a delicious education to Hoodie University AKA Notevantage.
So what makes Notevantage so irresistible?
3 Things My Dear Reader
The story behind this subscription is I actually designed it for myself.
I’m a self-improvement buff and I love reading great books but the problem is I didn’t take notes on all the great tidbits that I came across.
Moreover, I never took time to dwell on them and really enrich myself intellectually.
And after that, where in the world can you find a product or service that sells book tidbits?
I’ve never seen one, that is until now
Grab a subscription now. It’s gold Jerry, gold!
As I’ve blogged previously, book summaries don’t work.
In short, when is the last time a book summary changed your life?
Blinkist is a life saver if you completely blanked on your homework assignment (reading that book) for the last two weeks and now it’s 30 minutes before class.
But beyond that, book summaries give you a false impression of knowledge.
The people that condensed the book down to 15 minutes know exactly what the material’s about while you have the “yeah-yeah, I know this” version of the book.
With that in mind, I got into the business of hyperfocusing on random book tidbits that deserved the spotlight.
My thought: Why not?
Why not go deep inside the tidbits, the gold nuggets of information we really want to mine from books?
Summarizing a book strips it of its color and waters down the voice. Furthermore, summaries are, by definition, a generalization of information.
It’s a bureaucratic notion in terms of information investing because for self improvement buffs who thirst for knowledge, reading a book summary is an inefficient and ineffective means of acquiring knowledge.
Instead of going that down that path, why not extract and explore critical micro sections of the book?
It’s a way to take part in the intellectual discussions we seemingly never have time for in real life.
It’s also a means to better understand the author’s best contributions: their anecdotes, data, key theories, etc.
With Notevantage, I take a key selection from a non-fiction book each week and dwell on it with intensity.
Each Note is randomly chosen which, I think, may frustrate some.
But the counter is that we actually pick up information randomly more often than we think – and not only do we pick it up but it sticks.
I used to have this idea in my head that education needed to be organized; that we needed to learn in chronological order from some predetermined outline.
And then, one night while reading a then go-to blog it hit me: IT DOESN’T MATTER!
After all, I was picking up information randomly from this blog; I would grab my phone in bed late at night and open up the website and click on whatever headlines looked good to me.
So why can’t I (we) learn-learn in the same fashion?
There’s no need for a table of contents, course syllabus, formal introduction, etc.
Instead, education can come in the form of random tidbits that we read informally.
And with Notevantage, I offer to send those Tidbits to you.
More Than an Alternative
Originally you were probably looking for another website or app like Blinkist such as GetAbstract or InstaRead.
But as you can see you’ve stumbled upon something much different; something very new that will change the way we approach education and help everyone absorb material better and educate themselves.
Informal education works and Notevantage is going to prove it with its own random twist.
What if you had someone whose job it was to curate the best anecdotes and tidbits from non-fiction books and send them to you every Monday?
If that’s what you’ve wished for the last 12 Christmas’s, I’ve got a non-salty surprise for you: It’s very much within your grasp.
With the advent of Notevantage, you can buy your very own note-taking butler.
As we all know, books take a long time to read, and we’ll never get through our entire wishlist.
And for that matter, nor would we want to.
Some books are legendary but their place in time is built on the pillars of a few scant pieces of information.
You don’t want to read for 8 hours to only unearth three gold nuggets.
There needs to be an extraction service, and so that’s what I’ve come up with.
You might say, “Already been done, Kris. There’s a handful of book summary services out there.
True but book summaries are flawed hacks.
Book summaries are best used as a refresher AFTER you’ve read a book because summaries strip information of its color and context and you need those to extract meaning.
With a summary, you’re one step removed from the trough, and the more distance you put from you and a thing, the less aligned you with that thing.
In this case, that means you don’t really have a grasp on the info in the book.
An illustration of the dilution of information from my law school days:
4.0 students took amazing notes. So much so that their notes were seen by 2.5 GPA students (like me) as a hack to a decent grade on the final exam.
Occasionally, an A student might give you their outline, but it wouldn’t result in a good grade.
Because you didn’t actually study and learn the material; you weren’t aligned with the law. Instead, you had the impressions of someone who was.
While the notes were nice, the shortcut didn’t work. At best you might get a C/C+, maybe even a B- but you weren’t getting an A.
A’s were reserved for the masters who were intimately familiar the material. I mean how were you going to get a higher grade than the person who wrote the notes you were studying?
What’s the Difference with Notevantage?
I’m not trying to capture an entire book.
Rather, I dive into a specific selection (that stands by itself), extract meaning from it, and expound upon that meaning in the notes I send out to subscribers.
Typically what you’ll see is a full explanation of what the tidbit means in plain English, candid commentary, and practical application in REAL life.
Boiled down, I fervently explore the small pieces of a book that have stunning significance.
Going back to the law school notes, it’s as if I take one important concept and make a huge guide about it, talking about it ad nauseam.
The Officially Deflating Windup
And here’s another beautiful underpinning of Notevantage: It’s based on informal education which makes it easy.
Pick your phone up and scroll through the note I send you whenever. Maybe when you sit down and have your Burrito Bowl and Chipotle.
When things get official, and we know there’s an advanced time and energy commitment, we shrink away and put that commitment off.
Even just a 20 minute read through of a book summary gets put on hold because it’s official business.
And reading an entire book?
That kind of endeavor can be put off for a month. Not because it’s difficult to chip away at a book but because we look at as a huge undertaking.
Of course, there are some books laced with so much gold, you’d be remiss to put them off (see: Nassim Nicholas Taleb). But it’s going to help like a flashlight in a power outage if you have a supplemental information injection coming at you every Monday.
Even if you’ve already read every top 100 non-fiction book ever, benefits are aplenty with Notevantage:
1) Refresh and remind you of valuable information
Tempted? Grab a subscription.
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If you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for but you know you’re looking for something, you probably just found it.
Notevantage is a subscription service where I send you great tidbits, gold nuggets, etc. from the non-fiction books I read. It’s random and completely novel – there’s absolutely nothing else out there like it.
If you were trying to categorize Notevantage, you’d throw up your hands and file it under book summary services like Blinkist and Get Abstract.
But I’m not outsourcing people to churn out book summaries like McDonald’s assembly line hamburgers. This isn’t a streamlined business model; it’s a me-lined concept.
I curate what tidbits get send out from my notes. And then when I deem some anecdote or key piece of info worthy of sending out, I dive into it and cover everything in-depth, from explanation to illustrations to how you can use that gold nugget to make a real, tangible, practical benefit to YOU.
Emails go out once a week, on Monday, and they’re completely random.
Random as in I don’t know what I’m going to write about each week, like The Joker, I just do.
Some other reasons why your instincts of subscribing are correct:
– It’s a hack towards getting excellent book recommendations in which you get a specific window into the book before you buy
And let’s keep in mind that tidbits are the best of the best of the books you read, so they’re good stuff.
It’s like if someone went through a big Halloween bag of Starburst and just handed you all the cherries.
Start out with a month for $5 or save money by going for the year at $45.
Click here to subscribe now.
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