Over the last few weeks I've been doing a respectable amount of traveling. My last adventure brought me to Connecticut for the Thanksgiving holiday. During my six hour drive I rediscovered the usefulness of learning new material from audio books. The best part about audio learning is when someone else's insight serves as the catalyst you need to solve a business problem or develop a new idea. Are you using audio programs to learn something new?
I'm currently in the process of going through Eben Pagan's Altitude program. Eben makes a point during the program to acknowledge the virtues of learning from audio books. Depending on the type of material, audio learning is one of the few things that allow you to safely multitask. It's no different than driving your car while listening to your favorite radio station. Just make sure you take the time to load and setup your audio player before beginning your drive, safety first.
One of my business mentors, Ray Justice, told me he acquired about 30% of his business knowledge thanks to audio programs. To some people 30% might not seem like a lot, but when you factor in practical learning and traditional education 30% from audio programs quickly becomes a very respectable number.
The Abundance of Audio Learning Resources
It has never been easier to get audio programs. There are a vast number of resources both online and off. Online companies like Amazon and Audible have a number of best sellers in various audio formats. Your local public library probably has numerous books on tape and CD. It has never been easier to learn.
How You Use Your Time
Consider how much time you spend driving around in your car or doing other menial tasks. Grab your MP3 or CD player, then listen and learn. Consider the following:
"Americans spend more than 100 hours commuting to work each year, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. This exceeds the two weeks of vacation time (80 hours) frequently taken by workers over the course of a year."
Source: US Census Bureau News- March 30, 2005
Take the same time commuting and turn it into self education time. Imagine what you could learn spending 100+ hours a year furthering your education. There are also other opportunities where you can plug in and learn.
Other Activities When You Can Plug in and Learn:
- When you Exercise at the Gym
- Cleaning the House
- Walking or Running
In order to become successful with your chosen path in life, you constantly need to be educating yourself. Audio programs represent one of the easiest and most versatile ways to learn something new.