My life hack to finishing 60 books in a year!

The three books that changed my life.
November 28, 2017

My life hack to finishing 60 books in a year!

So, a fun fact about me is that I have a “learning disability” called dyslexia. Most people think that when you have dyslexia, you see words backwards…I personally don’t. My mind processes words faster than the average person, which causes me to skip or fumble over words. Even with my “handicap” I still have decided to finish no less than 60 books a year.

This all started on one of the darkest nights of my life. As I sat on the floor of my room crying my eyes out, I realized that I needed to change my life. I searched online for an inspirational quote to help me take the first step on that journey. That quote was, “Would the seven-year-old be proud of the adult you are right now?”. Those words hit me. My throat felt swollen and my eyes began to tear like someone had just punched me in the gut. After this reaction, my mind jumped to a book I read throughout the following week titled, “The 10X Rule: Difference between Success and Failure”.

It took my eight hours to finish this book. You may not have eight hours to dedicate to a book, but you can easily accomplish this with a simple life hack. That life hack is Audio books! At the time, I was working in sales, so I was always on the move and I hardly had any time to myself. What audio-books did for me was turn every sales call I had into a learning experience. Although I still buy the digital, hard, and soft copy of books for rainy days, the audio versions can hack your lives in more ways than one.

  1. Time– During your day you can find time where you are able to listen and tune out the world. For example, you can listen to audio books while driving, or at the gym.
  2. Cost– Audio-books can range from $2-$25 dollars. So, for the price of a night out you will be able to have someone life’s work read to you. That alone is something worth investing in.
  3. Completing books– The average American reads about 1-6 books a year where the average CEO reads 50-65. People complain about the gap in their yearly income regarding CEO’s of fortune 500 companies. Listening to books can close that gap as well as help you build value in a company you work for or business you own. Can you say bonus?
  4. Advice– Advice from the other well to do individuals can really help you grow your own wealth. Some find problems with the amount of money to be made in the field they love. Not only is it possible, but you can be mentored by the people in your field that are successful.
  5. How to listen– The real reason I cut my goal from 100 to 60 books a year is that I just flying through them and not really listening. In a conversation with a friend I was told “Garry, you hear me, but you’re not listening to me”. I found myself like many people listening to talk and not listening to learn. I made it a point to really listen. By really listening to audio-books you’ll be better able to apply what you learn. Doing is the form of mastery in your respected subject.

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