About once a year some popular business website publishes an article about how the most successful people in the world, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, etc., dedicate five hours a week to reading and learning. Sure, if you’re a billionaire CEO you have time and money for that. But for the rest of us, there’s no way that’s going to happen.
Well, here’s how I have managed to do it for the last 20 years and haven’t spent a cent on audiobooks. Your local public library likely offers access to an app like OverDrive or Libby. These services allow you to download audiobooks for free and listen to them on your phone. There are thousands of ebooks too if you prefer those.
The best thing about the OverDrive app is that you don’t have to listen at single speed. Audiobooks are generally read very slowly so you can easily crank it up to 1.25x or 1.5x speed and not miss a thing. Some books, especially fiction, can easily be followed along with at up to 2x speed. This way a fourteen hour book only takes around seven hours.
Since I have a half hour commute each way and listen to audiobooks while I’m running errands throughout the week, I get eight to ten hours a week in the car to dedicate to reading and learning. Zig Ziegler refers to this as dashboard university.
Over the years I have read just about every popular book on leadership, business management, personal finance, time management, entrepreneurship, productivity, investing, and habit formation. I have even read several popular fiction series and a book about sand. I did not expect that one to be so good. I take the lessons I have learned from these books and combine them to come up with the ideas for my blog. I hope that you can benefit from what I share.