Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.
But we know books are full of useful information, and being part of society I think it is important that we continue to grow as person, and keep our mind running at full capacity, and books do that. Since I’m been able to find a way to enjoy books, and be able to retain what I’ve learned from these books, I have made this part of my daily routine while driving. Usually anytime I’m driving somewhere I have at least a 20 plus minute drive. So when my commute is 20 plus minutes I will either listen to a podcast or a book. A pro tip is turn the speed up to 2x (or faster if you app has the ability). I have found that I can still fully understand what is being said, and I get a book done twice as fast. It does take some getting used to and I did work my way up by starting at 1 then 1.25, 1.50 and so on.
One of my friends, Nick recommended a book to me a few months ago which was “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck. Now me being a cheap charlie, I try to rent books from the library instead of purchasing them. I will, however, purchase a book after borrowing it from the library if I plan on re-reading it. I do wish we could share audio books like we could hard copies. But I digress.