5 Inspirational Books to Read in 2018

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Also, read them all faster with Speechify!

1. ‘When to Jump’ by Mike Lewis (Jan. 9)

At age 24 Mike Lewis had a prestigious finance job and an even more prestigious income. He was living (more than) a little comfort.

But, life is short. And unlike his colleagues, Lewis wanted to play squash professionally. So, what do you do when your job pays your rent but doesn’t let you follow your dream?

In his new book, Mike Lewis provides four practical steps to help you take the plunge towards your dreams all whilst incorporating the more realistic aspects of risk-taking. He advises his readers to:

-Listen to the little voice

-Make a plan

-Let yourself be lucky

-Don’t look back

Including a forward by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, stories from other “jumpers” like the author of The Big Short, Arianna Huffington, and others: When to Jump is an inspirational, fast, and easy read.

2. ‘We the Corporations’ by Adam Winkler (Feb. 27)

How did corporations come to have rights under the Constitution?

Professor Winkler makes one thing clear, it definitely was not easy.

Looking to undo the injustice of Citizens United, We the Corporations analyzes the slow, steady, 200 year long fight to allow corporations become ‘people’ entitled to constitutional rights and used those rights to impede efforts to regulate them in the interests of real people — until, that is, you try to sue them.

5 Inspirational Books to Read in 2018

Look out for this groundbreaking book expected in the coming month.

3. Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Out-hustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life by Daymond John and Daniel Paisner (Jan 23).

The star from ABC’s Shark Tank offers his personal story and how his grit, killer work ethic, and persistence fueled his success.

Daymond John started his career sewing hats, and working shifts at Red Lobster. Today, his brand FUBU has over $6 billion in sales.

For anyone who’s feeling a little down, or looking for a nudge: Daymond John’s new book bluntly states the importance of out-thinking, out-hustling, and out-performing everyone around you to make it big.


4. The Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur’s Handbook: Everything You Need to Launch and Grow Your New Business by Harvard Business Review (Feb 13, 2018).

Perhaps one of the most anticipated Business books of 2018, the new and updated Harvard Business Review will teach you everything you need to know about starting the next big thing.


Taking a look at the potential challenges, from the entrepreneurial process to legal practices — The Harvard Business Review will give you the tools you need to get your practice up and going.

Lost and Founder: by Rand Fishkin (March 27, 2018)

When I say “tech start-up,” you think — young, brilliant, groundbreaking, college drop-out, defier of doubters, overcomer off odds, billionaire.

If only it were that simple.

Rand Fishkin, one of the world’s leading SEOs, shares the more realistic, sometimes difficult, and often amazing aspects of starting your own company from the ground up. Fishkin pulls back the curtain on tech startup mythology, exposing the ups and downs of startup life that most CEOs would rather keep secret. A must read.


What are you planning to read this year? 

Let’s Talk About An App Called Speechify

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Let's talk about an App Called Speechify

Hi friends! My name’s Cliff Weitzman, and I’m the founder of a new text to speech app that’s helping thousands of people read twice as fast.

During my time at Brown University I was a big fan of text to speech technology. But most text to speech applications had major limitations. Some weren’t fast enough, others were too difficult to navigate, and for many the voices just sounded too unnatural.

So, I did what any normal person would do — I built a software that had a solution to all these problems — Speechify.

How can you use Speechify?

  • Turn a book into an audiobook by simply taking a picture
  • Listen to any article online by sending it to our app
  • Transform your PDFs into an audiobook
  • Choose the voice you want
  • Get text read to you at 1.5x to 4x your normal reading speed
  • Finish all your readings faster than ever
  • And listen to them no matter where you are going

From the first chapter of your class readings, to a long email, to an article you’ve been meaning to finish, Speechify is here to help you learn and the pace right for you. And the best part of it is, you can keep listening while completing other tasks – that’s the magic of text to speech.

All you have to do is:

  1. Press the scan button
  2. Click the checkmark next to the scan button
  3. Watch the text appear as an audiobook

And that’s it! Pretty unbelievable right?

So start listening at twice the speed by downloading Speechify at

Or download directly from our Website:

For an up to date run down of Speechify’s feature see our new blog post article: The Definitive Guide to Reading Faster With Text to Speech in 2018

And remember, reading is hard. Listening is easy.



Myths About Dyslexia It’s About Time We Debunked

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Dyslexia can mean having trouble with reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, or even math. Pretty broad, right? Our society has a pretty strict set of rules about what we think it means to be dyslexic , especially for a term that has been used in so many different ways during just this past century.

Let’s talk about some of these “rules” and how we can go about debunking these preconceived notions of what it means to be dyslexic:

Myth number one: If you have dyslexia, you should probably exercise more

Everyone should probably exercise more. But don’t expect it to make reading easier.

Students with dyslexia may need strategies for developing their vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing.  According to Dr. Pierson, many people make claims as to how to treat dyslexia, but according to her, the only way is through a structured literary approach.

Myth number two: If you have dyslexia, you are probably a boy

Boys’ reading disabilities are indeed identified more often than girls’, but studies indicate that such identification is biased.

So what explains the difference diagnosed by professionals? A unfair interpretation of what one expects it to look like. Largely, it’s because of their behavior. It seems when boys in first, second, or third grade can’t do classroom assignments or homework, they get frustrated and act out their frustration. Researchers found that girls tend to quietly muddle through challenges while boys become more rowdy. Therefore, more boys tend to be recognized and diagnosed.

Myth number three: If you have dyslexia, you probably read backwards.

For many, this is a textbook definition for dyslexia.

But, while reversing certain letters like b’s and d’s can be a sign, it’s not accurate that all kids who reverse letters are dyslexic. Dyslexics do not see things backwards because it is not a problem with the eyes. New research has demonstrated that letter reversals of kindergarten children predicted spelling at 2nd grade. While, typical learners can reverse letters when initially learning. 

Myth number four: If you have dyslexia, you probably have a low IQ

There is absolutely no relation between dyslexia and IQ. Dyslexics can have high, middle, or low IQ’s just like the rest of the population.

In fact, many dyslexic students perform very well in school. These students are usually highly motivated and work extremely hard. In many cases they have been identified early and have received evidence-based interventions and accommodations, such as extra time on tests. Theses accommodations allows them to demonstrate their knowledge. Dyslexic students have completed rigorous programs at highly selective colleges, graduate and professional schools.

Need proof? Here’s 7 people with dyslexia who are extremely successful.

Myth number five: If you have dyslexia, it is probably a medical diagnosis

Actually, Dyslexia is neurological, not medical. It’s not characterized as a medical problem and is not typically diagnosed by doctors because they don’t have training in oral language, reading, writing, or spelling assessment and diagnosis.

Rather, dyslexia is typically diagnosed by a neuropsychologist, psychologist, or someone with advanced training in language and learning disorders.

“Because dyslexia involves reading and writing, it’s not typically identified until people go to school and have to learn and write” Dr. Pierson, from the University of Michigan, says.

There is no pill or medication that can heal dyslexia, and nothing to do with it is covered by medical insurance because it is not a medical problem.

There are far too many myths and stereotypes to cover in one blog post, but understanding these top five legends, is a good start.

In the United States, dyslexia affects 20%, or 1 in every 5 people. Some people may have more mild forms, while others may experience it more severely. It is imperative for schools and parents to take action. To do so, we must eradicate unfair preconceived notions about this neurological difficulty.


5 Tricks To Help You Read Faster

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Even when we aren’t reading for pleasure, we’re still perpetually reading. This Article. An unanswered email. Another document. We are constantly consuming obligatory information. So, regardless of how fast you do it, here are five tricks that will help you read more efficiently without compromising on comprehension:

1. Choose each text like it’s your last

It is impossible to read everything out there; be picky.

Glance through the text before deciding to dedicate a whole thirty minutes to it in order to save time and effort. Go through the headings, key points, and phrases of a text to obtain a more comprehensive and holistic summary of what the material is about and then decide whether it’s worth your time to read the text with more precision.

2. To re-read or to not re-read?

That is the question. Unless you’re on vacation or retired, you probably don’t have time to go back and re-read a whole chapter.

Unnecessarily re-reading passages, also known as regression, can increase reading time and decrease interpretation. Instead, developing questions like “what is this chapter about” or “how is this knowledge going to be beneficial to me” is a more efficient way to read rather than revisiting old sections of the text. Asking these questions for simple texts can save you a plethora of time by preventing you from having to go back and to some passages.

3. Don’t sweat the small stuff

As with most things in life, don’t sweat the small print.

On average we tend to linger over each word we read for approximately .25 seconds. Those of us who are slower can fixate on a single word for up to a whole .6 seconds. This is because of subvocalization.

Often referred to as auditory reassurance, subvocalization involves saying words in your head while reading. It is one of the main proven reasons why people read slowly. The fact is, you don’t have to say every word in your head to understand what the text is saying. One of the best ways to minimize subvocalization is to practice being conscious of it when you read. Minimizing subvocalization can increase your productivity when trying to cram out last minute documents, emails, or essays.

4. Get your head out of the clouds

Rumor has it libraries can lead to a chronic case of daydreaming and boredom. Sometimes you are able to focus the best outside whilst sitting on a bench, or after a long hot shower. Take the time to find the perfect environment, free of distractions, where you can get through long emails and chapter readings.

5. Start listening — with Speechify

One of the most productive ways to read faster, is to have someone read to you at a convenient pace for you, while you do other things. The app Speechify does just that. This doesn’t just apply to English majors who have yet to finish Ulysses or Middlemarch but also to working professionals who have articles to read before a big presentation.

Reading can be an appallingly all-consuming process.

So be strategic by monitoring what, how and why you’re reading.


To know more about how Speechify can improve your reading, you might be interest by this article.

How Speechify Can Improve Your Reading

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How Speechify Can Improve Your Reading


Talking is easy; reading isn’t. Coping with dyslexia in college, Cliff Weitzman created an app that can scan any text and read it to you at your comfortable paceHere are just a few ways that Speechify can help you improve your productivity :

Get the most out of your morning routine

Make your ten minute walk to Econ 101 a constructive part of your day. Make cooking your morning breakfast a productive thing. Don’t miss the latest article from your favorite New York Times sections just because you simply “didn’t have the time”. Let a little technology make life a lot easier. With Speechify, learning isn’t limited by mundane chores; rather, continue to learn or study while you mop the floors.

Cut your reading time in half

Back in the stone age people would have to allot tens of hours to finish a book. With Speechify you can accelerate your reading by toggling your reading speed to 800 words per minute. If you’re a fast reader, you can listen to an article at 2x the speed. If you’re a slow reader you can listen at a regular pace that allows you to coherently digest the information without interruptions. Either way your reading time is sped up tremendously.

Improve your own reading, by listening

Speechify isn’t just an easy shortcut, because it’s actually helping you improve your writing and reading skills. By listening to a text uninterrupted, you improve your own ability to do so yourself. Listening to your text has the potential to improve your vocabulary, grammar, and focus. Kill two birds with one stone: improve your own reading, by letting your phone do the hard work.

Save (more than) a few bucks

As if receiving a good education isn’t expensive enough, those of us who struggle with reading often spend twice the money just trying to keep up. Audiobooks, tutors, and other resources are pricey. Any avid tape listener will tell you books on tape can cost up to hundreds of dollars a month.With Speechify anything can be your audiobook. Save yourself money and time by choosing what you want read, and in the voice you want it read in.

For over 40 million American adults, writing is still a drag, reading is a burden, and winning the school spelling bee never seemed like a possibility. Speechify lets you take advantage of all the written material out there by letting you listen to it in half the time.


Interested in learning other tools to increase your productivity? Read Five Productivity Tools To Help You Get Stuff Done.