What does your daily commute consist of? Do you spend an hour or so in your car every day? What about a walk to the gym or to run errands on your lunch break?
We spend a lot of the day just getting from one place to another. As much as that can be a nuisance, it also offers us a great opportunity. Whether in your car, on the bus, or on foot; each day contains pockets of time that we can utilize in a better way.
One such way to optimize your commute time is by listening to a podcast or audiobook. Not only will you learn new skills and insights, but your commute will be much more enjoyable!
We’ve rounded up five of our favorite listens for motivation and tips for success that have turned our daily commutes into mini master classes.
If it’s good enough to be a favorite on the book shelves of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, it’s definitely worth checking out. This 1969 collection of New Yorker articles by John Brooks illustrates the formation of the modern American corporation without telling the reader what to think. Freedom to form your own opinions while learning about corporations and business from the pros? Sign us up!
- The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
At a run time of approximately 8.5 hours, this audiobook will keep you occupied through an entire week of commutes. In his review of the book, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., co-author of You Are Not Your Brain and author of best-selling Brain Lock, lauded The Willpower Instinct for its “tremendous value” for anyone interested in learning how to achieve their goals more effectively. We definitely fall into that category!
- Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus
In this acclaimed book, Klaus offers actionable strategies and steps for subtly—but effectively—selling your best self without turning off your peers. You can’t rely on the luck of someone else singing your praises, so why not do it yourself?!
- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Gladwell is no newcomer to the insightful book game. He’s penned many great reads that could be on this list, but we thought we’d highlight just one. Outliers explains how the mastery of a skill is not born, but earned, and that high-achievers are only different because they put in the time and effort to practice their craft. With a little commuting time and minimal effort, you can finish listening to this audiobook before the weekend!
- How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
First published in 1937, this book still holds its ground as one of the most trusted and respected business books ever written. Carnegie’s time-tested advice has guided countless people up the success ladder in both their business and personal lives. Why not add your name to the list?
Before hitting up iTunes or your local bookstore’s audio section, stop by Community Care College to learn more about setting up your career (and commute!) for success.