“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
― Jane Smiley
I’ve always loved reading.
I still remember crying when my Dad got to the end of “Where the Red Fern Grows”, which he read to my brother and I each night for months until we finished. My Mom is an English major and always instilled in us a deep love of books and learning.
That love for learning seemed to get lost somewhere in the studies and efforts while getting my engineering degree.
This is something that pains me to even have to say.
I don’t know that I read a single book for fun in all of my time as an undergrad.
Now that I’m graduated, however, life is a different story. My evenings are (mostly) free. More importantly, I no longer have my mental capacities being entirely spent on learning how to derive Bernoulli’s equation or whatever else I had to do that I’ve already forgotten.
Now I can read for fun.
Now I can think for fun.
I’ve started challenging nearly every long-held belief I’ve ever had, including and especially what I previously thought I was capable of. Books have the incredible power to change us right to the core. When we read, we change, we become, and we grow.
As I’ve been discovering book after book the last few months and consuming as much as I can, I’ve learned some tricks that have helped me to be able to read more. There are some disadvantages to consuming so much, which is another story for another day. For now, here’s how I’ve done it.
While looking for a specific book online one day a while back I was directed to a website called Scribd. As I was looking through the site I realized that this website had audiobooks for almost all of the books on my Amazon wish list. At about the same price as a streaming service subscription, I was sold right away.
It’s like the Netflix of books and I’m getting much more out of it than I ever got out of our Netflix subscription. Which we canceled a couple months previously anyway.
I’ve even started listening while at work. So now I get in a whole lot more hours to listen each day, which has nearly tripled the number of books I can listen to each week!
Another app that has become invaluable is Overdrive, which is free. While I’ve had to wait for some of the great books I’ve put myself on hold for, many of them are becoming available now and I’m consuming about half of my book diet from each service. My life is changing and improving in so many different ways that I had never previously anticipated were even possible.
What’s the main thing I’ve learned from all this? Not just book hacking, but learning hacking. Learning so much so fast has changed me. Life is so much better than it was before I was learning like I am now.
Everything I’ve been experiencing recently from depression to a NICU baby, and even running injuries, has been improved significantly only once I’ve started to read and learn.
Learning is power.
Learning will change you.
Learning will help you improve.
Learning is the key to a better life.
Learn how to learn better and anything and everything about your life will get better.
Deliberately practice learning better and the rate of your improvement will increase.
Everything about my life is improving- spiritually, in my Family, mentally, and physically- because I’ve significantly increased the amount that I’m reading and learning.
What will you be able to change in your life with the right book?