A Better You – Revealing My Personal Method for Learning Anything, Anytime, Anywhere

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Elliot

So you want to be a better you? What would you say if I told you I know of a method available to you right now as you read this that enabled you to have knowledge on practically any life enhancing subject piped directly into your brain – while not lifting a finger, and not making any change to your daily routine or lifestyle? Sounds like someone has been watching too much of ‘The Matrix’ right!?

But as if that prospect wasn’t enticing enough, imagine that before this information was transmitted into your psyche someone would go out and dedicate their whole life into finding out everything they can about the subject. They would put in years of experience, countless empirical studies, anecdotal observations, all the science behind it and the expertise on how and when to apply it…..BAM straight into your noggin.

This is not science fiction, this technology exists. In fact I have personally been using it for the last three years and no exaggeration – it has enriched my life. It has inspired me to go and climb mountains in faraway lands, learned to speak new exotic languages, improved my social skills, my confidence, I have became spiritually more centred, acquired a more fulfilling job, increased finances, the list goes on…

So what is this miraculous technology I’m describing that’s going to make a better you? Audiobooks. Yep you read that correctly, audiobooks (and I’m not talking Harry Potter) played through an MP3 player.

Now the description leading up to that anticlimactic revelation may have sounded like sensationalist hyperbole (which it was) but is that not what we are now conditioned to respond to? Quite frankly this information age has spoilt us. We are in fact spoilt to such an extent now that we struggle to see the incredible opportunities we are blessed with, unless some smug marketing guys wrap it up in a ‘brand’ and tell us it’s cool. We need to be convinced it’s the latest thing or be bombarded by a Hollywood style advert to take an interest in the possibilities technology brings us.

Assimilating information from books is nothing new. We have been doing it for thousands and thousands of years and it has served us just fine, so why am I here hailing audiobooks as a revelation and key to building a better you? Well from my own personal experience the convenience they offer makes them an unrivalled personal development tool. This modern age where we barely have time to stop, makes spare time an increasingly valuable commodity. Learning this way slots right into your life. Your walk to work, the train commute, picking up the kids, doing the washing up – you are squeezing more value out of your already predetermined way of spending that time!

The convenience this remarkable format offers does not end there though. I hold a personal library of over 25 classic and contemporary self improvement books right on my tiny 15GB MP3 player – technology is truly awesome! This allows me to hold books on a wide range of subjects with all kinds of powerful and intriguing titles that give you the ultimate personal toolkit for building a better you:

  • The Power of Now (will literally transform your life. Listen with eyes closed before bed)
  • How to Argue and Win Every Time (A noted attorney teaches you to use the power of words as a weapon)
  • Psycho-Cybernetics (will modify your self-image and limiting beliefs, and reprogram the way you think about yourself)
  • Awaken The Giant Within (inspiration to achieve something amazing in your life)
  • The 48 Laws Of Power (become an expert in the dynamics of power and influence)
  • How To Win Friends & Influence People (Master the techniques in this book and be prepared for ‘jedi like’ people skills.)

(To think this covers about 20% of my collection on a device that fits in my pocket!)

I have found there are also other less obvious benefits from learning through spoken word. It gives you a real feel for what the author is saying by hearing it read aloud. You get a better understanding of the tone, you get emphasis on certain words and the level of enthusiasm for what is being read can be both infectious and inspirational. Also if learning a new language interests you, then the benefits of hearing the pronunciation and inflections spoken out loud speak for themselves. I should also give an honourable mention to the more ‘out there’ uses for this technology for the more open minded among us. Hypnosis audio programmes are ever increasing in popularity and then there is the relatively new technology of ‘binaural beats’ designed for stimulating brainwaves and while I can’t necessarily advocate it, it does demonstrate the diversity of learning in this format

So what are the direct benefits of regular listening to self improvement audiobooks? How exactly will they put you on the path to being a better you? Well listening to one of the programmes will not reward you with something as tangible as a graduate degree or some kind of fancy qualification certificate, but what I have found is that they can act a catalyst for profound personal transformation. For example I have found that by getting into the habit of listening to a programme during the 30 min commute to work, provides me with an empowering mindset for the rest of that working day and over time the newly learned habits and beliefs will become fully internalised and lead to permit all kinds of permanent behavioural changes. (Remember this is with no changes to my lifestyle, does not infringe on my leisure time and I haven’t lifted a finger!)

In closing I would like to leave you with a famous NLP adage:

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”

Ultimately if you want to be a better you, you have to start doing things differently – and here I have presented to you with the most effort free tools conceivable for building that better you. The most important point to make is that you can no longer hide behind any excuses. It is no longer valid to say “I don’t have the time” or “I don’t like reading” or “I can’t afford it.” If your brain starts coming up with creative rationalisations as why this isn’t going to work for you, just remind yourself that you haven’t even tried it yet and this is as easy as it gets! If sticking in a pair of earphones and just listening sounds like too much effort, then I would suggest you need personal development audio more than anyone else.