A while ago my good friend and mentor Kevin Choo read a book called “The Slight Edge“.
The book talks about how the little things in your life add up over time, and how these little actions make the difference in your success – or lack there of.
I believe we all know this but seldom practice it. Why? Due to a lack of direction and purpose. I believe: the way you do something is the way you do everything.
When I started applying these ideas to my life I started making small but significant changes. I made my bed every morning religiously, I brushed my teeth every morning after breakfast and in the evening no matter how tired I was.
I started reading every day, ten pages at a time and started paying more attention to my finances; particularly the small numerous transactions I was making.
As I started to make significant gains in my life by fixing all of the small leaks I noticed that my standard of living continuously improved along with it. One change I noticed that I believe made the biggest difference was reading and listening to books.
The first habit in Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” is be proactive.
At first this seemed like common sense. Anyone who wants to be successful has to be proactive right? What I didn’t know is that, like anything, if you want to achieve consistent improvement you have to focus on the process, and not the outcome.
I was caught red handed. I knew I could still be more proactive in my life, so I started studying like a lion, hungry for knowledge. What started as a small improvement to tidying my room compounded into overall personal development.
I began to see my life skyrocket into the places I’ve always wanted it to be. I became happier, smarter and more fulfilled.
One change made the most significant difference.
The secret I found to developing yourself is to turn your car into a “University on Wheels”. My small four-door sedan, once a barren wasteland for my odd objects and papers without a home, became my central source for knowledge.
Most of the fundamental books you can read now come in an audio book version, where a narrator (usually the author) reads the book to you.
In my own experience I found that, although I enjoy both books and audiobooks, I seemed to retain audio books better. There’s something exciting about hearing the author speak with their own genuine emotion. You can feel the emotion behind their words. I’ve found absorbing the information much easier.
Want to have an edge on everyone else?
Statistics Canada did a study in 2010 to find the average length of a Canadian’s daily commute to work, and found that “Canadian commuters took an average of 26 minutes to travel to work on a typical day, including all modes of transportation.”
If you double your daily commute (to and from work) and times that by the five days of the week you get 4 and 1/3 hours (or 260 minutes). That means for over 4 hours a week you can turn your mode of transportation into a valuable source of education. Rush hour doesn’t seem so bad when you are learning incredible information that makes your life better.
Through this process I have learned how to develop a better relationship with money, learned how to build my character based on principles, learned to express myself more creatively and I owe it all to my “University on Wheels”.
Try it for yourself:
Listening to an audiobook may seem like a boring task initially, but once you start I bet, like me, you will find it to be enjoyable and incredibly worthwhile.
Being productive is fun. The next time you tell yourself “I wish I was better at X” pick up the audiobook and start your own University on Wheels!
What book have you been meaning to read? Get the audio version for free with Audible: