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SELF IMPROVEMENT

Learning while Driving
James Bacarro, Full-stack Marketer, Dubai

23 June 2017

After getting married, my wife and I moved to Abu Dhabi – 5 minutes away from her office and 102 km away from mine.

My workplace is in Dubai so I drive about 2 hours a day (roundtrip).

While anyone would dread this setup, I am enjoying it so far.

Why? Simply because I have 2 hours of pure opportunity for learning.

Here are 3 things I do to keep sharpening the saw:

# 1: Podcasts

This is one free way to learn from so many experts. Most of these podcasts are downloadable. What I do is download the podcasts I like and copy them to a flash drive, then plug it in the car. That is more economical rather than playing the podcast on your phone while online – which will consume a lot of your cellular/mobile data.
I think Stitcher app now has an offline version where you can download the podcast from the app. I will try it soon.

Some of my favorites:
The Tropical MBA by Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen
The Smart Passive Income Blog by Pat Flynn
The Tim Ferris Show by Tim Ferris
Sophisticated Marketers Podcast  by Jason Miller

 

# 2: Audible

I recently opted to Audible.com monthly subscription for $14.95 a month. It’s actually a very good deal as the subscription comes with 1 free credit every month. That means you get to choose 1 audiobook, regardless of the price – for that monthly fee. So the best thing to do is purchase the more expensive books with your free credit.

My recent credit purchase was Jeff Bezos’ Biography. That’s about 13 hours worth of listening.

What’s more is that you get 30% discount on all your book purchases. When I started buying their audiobooks,  I did not go with any subscription but doing the math, a subscription was a no-brainer option.

You can try it for free (30 days). If you think you don’t like it, simply cancel before it renews automatically.

*Hey, I recently figured out setting up Amazon affiliates so some of my links are affiliated 🙂

 

# 3: Linkedin Learning

Having recently discovered, Linkedin Learning turned out to be a very good online education platform. They’re probably as good as Udemy – if not better.

They also have the mobile app where you can download the videos so you can watch them offline. Connect phone on car’s Bluetooth and I’m good to go!

Well, of course, I can’t be looking at the video presentation while driving so I only have to rely on what the presenters are saying and leave everything to my imagination.

I failed to finish a 40+ hour course within the free 30 days subscription so I had to continue with their $29.99/month plan. That plan is like an all-you-can-study-about-any-topic plan.

Another great feature on the platform is your ability to easily add any finished course to your Linkedin Profile page under Accomplishments > Certifications.

 

In all honesty, I can’t focus 100% when listening while driving. It gets super boring at times! On many instances, my mind drifts into random thoughts or ideas spark. I just had to push myself to improve a little a day and let the “compound effect” do its magic! Awesome book by the way.. you know > The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

 

And lastly, #4 (What? There’s a number four?)

In general, I also try to mimic what the authors or speakers are saying. It’s one way to improve my speaking skills.

 

“Small daily – seemingly insignificant – improvements and innovations lead to staggering achievements over time.”
— Robin S. Sharma