If you find it hard to find the time and energy to read good books regularly than swapping music and radio for audio books could change your life. Lots of people find reading boring and find it hard to concentrate but also have a thirst for the knowledge and wisdom that a great book can convey.
Over the past couple of months I made a promise to myself that I would listen to audio books instead of radio in the car. I love reading but it’s always hard to find the time to do it, although I always read before bed time I usually don’t last very long because I can go to sleep very easily.
I had a big list of books that I wanted to read by the end of the year and it seemed like every book or article I read referenced more books that I wanted to read. At any rate, my list wasn’t going down.
I realised I was wasting a lot of time listening to crappy radio and most of the songs weren’t what I would select if I had the choice.
Some of the amazing books that I’ve listened to recently include:
- The Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
- The Rational Optimist – Matt Ridley
- The Power Of Habit – Charles Duhigg
- The Art Of War – Sun Tzu
- The Third Chimpanzee – Jared Diamond
- Quiet, The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
This is truly awesome, I am now a fountain of knowledge and quirky anecdotes for my friends. One of the most important aspects of reading is that forces us to ‘resonate’ at a higher level frequency. I know that sounds like ‘new age’ bs, but it does make sense.
If you listen to a radio presenter yapping on about celebrity gossip and the latest music diva to hit the scene then this is one kind of energy.
If you listen to amazingly clever and insightful authors distil and transform their knowledge into easily digestible audio for you this is quite another.
Almost nobody listens to audio books instead of music or radio and that is why it is so insanely powerful for your brain. Imagine if, over the next ten years, you listened to the best audio books that you could get your hands on, instead on radio. The amount of wisdom you would have acquired over than period would be phenomenal. Your life would end up so much better.
Another idea that I am just starting to get into is downloading and listening to Pod casts. Whatever your passion or area of expertise there will likely be someone else who knows even more about it than you, and you have the chance to learn from them directly through a Pod-cast.
Download the Pod-cast through their website or search on iTunes to find one that you like. It’s pretty straightforward to put it on an iPhone or iPod and listen to it while you’re driving, or doing any activity that doesn’t require too much attention.
I’ve found that I actually retain more information listening to audio books whilst I drive than reading books before I go to sleep. Maybe that’s because I am an auditory learner (I don’t think I am) but I also suspect that it’s a bit easier to for our minds to focus on the words whilst we drive. The unconscious mind drives and the conscious mind listens, ponders and agree’s disagrees with what is being said.
Sometimes when I read in bed I can drift off with other thoughts whilst I read, so I am not actually taking much information in. I don’t get that with audio books.
Make the change, swap radio and music for audio books and relevant useful pod-casts. Ten years down the line you will be a completely better person because of it. Think of all the extra interesting, useful and mind expanding information you will have at your disposal.