How To Read 10,000 Words a Minute
“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” — Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
What if you could double your reading speed in two days? What if you could spend 7 minutes to build a better brain?
If you want to read more books, or learn faster, or think faster, this might be one of the most important posts you ever read.
I’m going to share with you a program that changed my life long ago, that I actually forgot about. It’s a powerful program for reading, processing, and thinking at super human speeds. The program is called eyeQ Read and Process Faster in Just 7 Minutes, and I’ll explain why it’s such a big deal.
First, here’s a quick story of what reminded me about eyeQ. One of my friends wanted to know how to keep up with us. A few of us in our “wolf pack”, scan and process information at extreme speeds. We’re fast. Very fast. After all, we work at Microsoft, and our survival depends on our ability to read, process, and use vast amounts of information on a daily basis.
Because we can read and process faster, it’s easy for us to do things like, read a book in a day, keep our email inbox empty, or stay on top of information in our field. Reading faster has a lot of benefits. My favorite benefits are learning faster and spending less time in email.
In the information age, the ability to read, process, and think faster is an extreme advantage.
I had already showed my friend how to read faster, and how to organize email to read and process faster, but he was still hitting a glass ceiling. I realized it was because he was subvocalizing when he reads. He was also slowing himself down by his own reading and thinking habits he had built over a lifetime. Another thing that held him back from what he is capable of is simply that he did not know what is possible in terms of raw speed.
Then I remembered eyeQ. And I realized this would be just the thing to help him get over his humps.
Read and Think Faster with EyeQ
eyeQ is a simple computer program that helps you develop high speed imaging skills. By learning how to image faster, you can read faster, type faster, and potentially improve your sports skills. It helps you read and scan information quickly without saying each word.
The biggest thing eyeQ did for me is train my eyes to move faster. I didn’t realize how fast they could go until I trained them at super high speeds. The other big thing that eyeQ helped me do is to stop subvocalizing. It taught me to stop saying words in my throat, and instead, just “see” the information. It’s more like having “information at a glance.”
As soon as I remembered eyeQ, I reinstalled it and did a quick test. I was still fast, but I had slipped back to ~400 word per minute. Back when I was using eyeQ, I was at more than 1,000 words a minute. This re-inspired me to start using eyeQ again and build my speed back up. I’m happy to say I’m back around 1,000 words a minute, and I’m going to continue to work towards 10,000 words a minute. I deal with a lot of information at work, so the faster I am, the more time I save, and the more I can spend my time on other things.
The Story Behind eyeQ
I always like to know the story behind a product. Here is the story that Jeffrey C. Flamm, president of infinite Mind shares about the making of eyeQ:
“In first grade, I was diagnosed with amblyopia, commonly called ‘lazy eye.’ I struggled through grade school with a think lens on one eye, and a patch on the other. I was such a poor reader that I had read only five or six entire books by the time I graduated from college. In spit of this challenge, and through sheer determination, I climbed the corporate latter so success.
My life further changed when I met Dr. Kawamura in 1996 and tested his brain enhancement techniques. Within two days, I doubled my reading speed. Within a month, I was reading four times faster. Now I read an average of a book per week.
Excited about how eyeQ could help others, I secured the licenses to develop eyeQ into a Windows-based CD-ROM program that enables everyone to read and process information faster.
The next step was to share it with my family. After just two weeks on the current eyeQ program, my son Brady raised his reading score on the ACT exam by 22 percent. My son Bryan had similar results; now reading more than 1,000 words per minute, he significantly raised his GPA at the university he attends. Carly, my 10-year old daughter, reads at more than 700 words per minute — enjoying an entire Harry Potter book in two evenings.”
A Quick Tour of eyeQ
eyeQ is simple and straightforward. It’s organized into 12 sessions. The first eight sessions help you build high speed imaging skills. The four additional sessions are for those who want to read at more than 1,000 words per minute.
Each session has three steps: 1) Pre-Test, 2) Exercises, and 3) Post-Test.
The beauty is that eyeQ gives you feedback and you can easily see your progress:
eyeQ also includes optional Comprehension tests.
The personal training center includes Eye-Brain Enhancements and Reading Training.
One of my favorite exercises in the training session is where eyeQ paces you, starting at 10,000 words per minute, and gradually slowing down to slower speeds. I think this was the key exercise that really showed me how to read much faster and move through much more information by changing my pace. It helped me see what is possible, and it was way faster than I had ever imagined on my own.
Another feature that I like about eyeQ is the screen saver. It’s fun and effective. Throughout the day, when my screen saver goes off, I actually enjoy exercising my eyes and my mind with the screen saver. One of my favorite screen savers is where words randomly appear on different parts of the screen at different speeds and it teaches your eyes to scan and identify words.
Overall, I find eyeQ to be a very simple program with instant impact and immediate benefits. Even if I never used eyeQ again, I now know what’s possible in terms of reading and thinking speeds, and I know what it’s like to scan information without subvocalizing. That’s a very big deal.
It’s not a cheap program, but it’s one of the smartest investments I ever made. My time is worth money, and I deal with so much information every day. I find that the speed I gained pays me back every single day, whether it’s learning faster, reading more books, or doing my email faster. Maybe that’s the best way to think of eyeQ … it’s the gift of time.
How To Get eyeQ
You can find eyeQ available on Amazon:
You can also buy eyeQ from Infinite Mind. Note that you eyeQ is available as a standalone application or as an Online Edition. I have the standalone application.
If you approach eyeQ with the simple goals of train your eyes to read faster, learn how to think and process faster, and learn how to stop subvocalizing, I think you’ll fall in love with the program. More importantly though, I think you will unleash more of what you are capable of.
Just like we upgrade our computers, I think this is perhaps the closest thing we can get to an “upgrade” of our minds in terms of speed and processing ability.