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No Time for Reading? No Problem

Too many times creatives, especially busy entrepreneurs, say that they don't have time to read. I used to say the same thing, but now I think that it's just an excuse.

When I was a kid, I loved being left at the library. That was my Wonderland, and the librarians were my surrogate parents.

Losing That Light for Reading

Over the years, school slowly ground out that love of reading ‘til I was only plowing through emails and work-related material.

But slowly I've re-discovered my passion for books. Occasionally, I'd even pick up a paperback that an ex-girlfriend introduced to me, but it was still slow-going. There was always something else taking priority, and that favorite excuse “I just didn’t have time for reading.”

Always Darkest Before There's Light

Lately, all that changed. I started walking again and taking libraries’ worth with me on my iPad. One day I’d listen to the inspiring story of Amanda Palmer; the next day I’d be spellbound by Stephen King.

Generally speaking, now I juggle a couple of novels on audiobook with non-fiction stuff on creative entrepreneurship or inspiring stories.

Since I started doing this, I’ve actually finished more books in the past 12 months than probably the past 12 years before!

Short Rundown of Recent Books I’ve “Read” Over the Last Year

Wild by Cheryl Strayed -
Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull -
10x Rule by Grant Cardone -
Unselling by Scott Stratten / Alison Kramer -
Freakonomics by Steven Levin / Stephen Dubner -
Think Like a Freak by Steven Levin / Stephen Dubner -
Grit by Angela Duckworth -
Essentialism by Greg McKeown -
The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson -
Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling -
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling -
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg -
Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg -
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh -
Cell by Stephen King -
Fluke by Christopher Moore -
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams -
Let’s Pretend That Never Happened by Jenny Lawson -
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson -
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran -
Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson -
I, Zombie by Hugh Howey -
The Walking Dead Road to Woodbury by Robert Kirkman -
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Greene -
The Martian by Andrew Weir -
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee -

Insane, right? Believe me, it's not as though I'm a reading maniac. But you'd be surprised at how much time you have walking around, waiting in line or driving in your car.

So, check out Audible. (I'm an affiliate not only because they're a great service but, well, you can see the results!) They have apps for your smartphone, iPad or tablet as well as your PC. So, get more reading done!