by Jim Stovall
Recently, I heard two separate news stories within 10 minutes of one another. Individually, these two stories were interesting, but combined, they can be impactful.
The first story described the recent study from the U.S. Department of Transportation which indicates that the average working person spends over an hour a day commuting or otherwise driving their car for errands, work-related responsibilities, and other random trips. The second news story highlighted research that revealed that anyone who will read one hour per day on any topic will become an expert on that subject within three years.
People who have knowledge internalize facts while people who have wisdom combine facts and use them in the real world.
As a blind person myself who has authored over 30 books and approaching a thousand of these weekly columns, I’m embarrassed to admit to my readers around the world that when I could read with my eyes—as most of you are reading these words in a newspaper, magazine, or online publication—I don’t know that I ever read a whole book cover-to-cover. Now, as a blind person for over a quarter of a century, I average reading one book a day. This is accomplished utilizing high-speed audio books which I believe to be a vastly superior way to assimilate knowledge once you get accustomed to it.
Reading approximately 8,000 books over the last 25 years has changed my life. Becoming a reader made me want to be a writer, and exposing myself to the greatest minds the world has ever known has opened my life, both personally and professionally, to a world of possibilities.
If you will consider the time you spend driving your car, exercising, doing work around the house or yard, along with any other physical tasks that do not require your listening attention, you will find that you have the capacity to read more than 99 percent of people in the world. This enhanced level of learning cannot only change your life but the lives of those around you as you grow and develop.
Time and money are our two main finite resources that impact us the most. Any time we can find free time or money, we have to consider putting it to work for us. If you have access to a 401K or other retirement accounts with matching funds, this is free money that you should put to work for your future. If you spend regular time each week engaged in physical activities that would allow you to listen to audio books or teaching courses, you should recapture these lost minutes and hours. They can change your world.
As you go through your day today, consider the idle time you have, and get engaged.
Today’s the day!
Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached by email at Jim@JimStovall.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimstovallauthor; or follow Jim on Twitter @StovallAuthor.