I read a lot. Now, I read a lot more.
I’ve only recently started listening to books. I’ve heard 5 books in less than 2 weeks. I still read a couple of books each week the old-school way but I am fascinated by what listening is doing for me.
I didn’t ever think I would listen to a book. I had enough trouble with the migration to reading books on Kindle and the I-Pad. I missed the haptic benefit of holding, smelling and even carrying my books around.
My friend Steve influenced me to start listening to books. I’ve resisted for years but one day he made a comment that made me feel I should improve my reading. He made some wise-crack about my vision and told me to “give your one good eye a rest and connect to Audible.”
My old habit was to turn-on my TV to ESPN every morning while I did the morning get-ready-for-work routine. Since downloading my first book, I haven’t turned on the TV. Thanks to Blue-tooth, I listen to books while driving and I listen in the evening while de-suiting. I finally found a way to stop texting while driving.
My problem so far is I feel myself reaching for my iPad to order the hard cover book because of the reference value. I heard the book and grabbed take-aways on my note-taking phone app… but I feel like I want to preserve certain content. And of course, I love writing in my books.
It’s amazing how my thinking is stimulated throughout the day…because of what I’ve been hearing. For me, my diet of listening now includes many more nutrients.
If you don’t have time to read…perhaps you can find an opportunity to hear a great business book.
Reading isn’t good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn’t hit home runs. So I gave up reading.