Turn your commute into a classroom

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetsto...
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ― George R.R. Martin (Photo credit: Nomadic Lass)

A co-worker of mine suggested a great service to me yesterday called Audible. It’s an Amazon company that provides audio books that you can download to your smartphone or listen on your computer. I’ve always heard of “books on tape” but never took advantage of it until yesterday and i’m glad I did.

It’s always challenging to find the time to read books. Balancing work, family and hobbies leaves little time for reading the many hundreds of books I would like to read. I used to commute to work by bike and public transit where I would almost read a book a week while sitting on the bus while the driver gets me to my destination. I now drive to work from Squamish which takes about 55 minutes and I thought, I need to turn this 2 hour a day commute into a classroom.

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So I signed up for an account for 3 months a $7.49/month which gives me 1 book a month. A great deal as it works out to less than $25 for 3 books.  I click on the business category and the first book to pop up was the PersonalMBA.

The book is about mastering the art of business by covering the most important information that you would otherwise spend thousands of dollars acquiring at a MBA business school. The book is 6 hours long and I’ve managed to get through 5 chapters in two trips.

If your like me and are busy balancing work and life and just can’t find the time to read, turn your commute into a classroom.

My reading/listening list

Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

Economics in One Lesson

The Warren Buffett Way, Second Edition

Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s Most Exclusive School for Startups

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

Made to Stick

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich 

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

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