Ritualized reading does wonders for retention; comprehension - for a period, I lit a candle in the evening; reading for awhile before sleeping
This can be applied to assimilating texts; learning. "Human capital" -- desire helps, but is not necessary; diligence will suffice;& follow?
Today was wonderful. I've earned this tired. Ye, lo; midnight oils burn. *grin*
"If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work. — Beryl Markham