Stop consuming so many blogs and podcasts. For that matter, stop reading so many books too. Unless you’re on holidays or have given up on your dreams, give up all that nonsense.
Consuming Blogs and Podcasts Isn’t Learning
While I admire your intent to get smarter by consuming blogs and podcasts, you’re going about it the wrong way. You’re being lazy.
Reading blogs and listening to podcasts to get smarter is like buying fitness magazines to get in better shape. Fitness magazines, podcasts, and blogs can guide you towards better ways to train, but in and of themselves they won’t help you get there. They’re useless unless do the work.
And reading books isn’t much better. Reading is like walking. It’s great for you and you should read 10,000 words a day just as you take 10,000 steps a day, but as Einstein said,
“The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.”
If you want the brainpower to achieve your dreams, you need to stop reading blogs, listening to podcasts, and reading book after book. You need to actually start training instead.
The clock’s ticking.
Get Ahead, or Fall Behind
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
– Alvin Toffler
Previous generations didn’t need to worry about training their brains. They could get a degree or a skill, land a job, work nine-to-five for forty years, then retire happily ever after. But not anymore.
Today, technology is not only replacing all those jobs with new ones that require different knowledge and skills, but the rate of change is accelerating. You can’t afford to be complacent.
And the rest of the world is catching up. Look at the mile run as an example. Up until the 1970s, Americans and Western Europeans dominated, but then the rest of the world caught on. Now Westerners make up only seven of the twenty-five all time fastest runners.
Whatever it is you’re chasing after, the rest of the world is now entering the race too. Consuming blogs and podcasts won’t get you ahead. It’ll get you lapped.
Train Your Brain Instead
If you really want to achieve an elite level professionally, you need to train your brain the way professional athletes train their bodies. Pro athletes don’t get better simply by watching others play, nor by playing in more games. They get better by spending hours honing their skills and their bodies on their own.
Whatever your game may be, it takes similar levels of intense study and skill development for you to get ahead and stay there. Consuming podcasts and blogs won’t cut it.
The Sooner The Better
The sooner you start the better because, unlike your muscles, your brain’s growth is exponential and unlimited. Just as how saving just $10 a day can compound to almost $800,000 in 50 years, a regular practice of brain training can yield life-changing results.
Every day you don’t train is another missed opportunity to exponentially grow your brain. Don’t start tomorrow, start now.
How to Start?
First, stop reading so many blogs, listening to so many podcasts, and reading so many books. Use that time instead to learn how to learn—that is, how to get the most out of the time you spend training your brain. Then get to work, studying and practicing with intensity on a regular basis.
If you do, soon enough people will be reading blogs and listening to podcasts about you.