Here at the HBC, we are massive geeks. We love to explore new ideas and concepts to support our growth and personal development. This is why we partnered with Audible to explore some of our favourite listens and audiobooks.
As the new year is officially upon us, loads influencers and small brands alike share a very similar resolution: read more.
Self-development plays a key role in the toolkit of influencers, entrepreneurs, and freelancers, however, time (that elusive friend that is time) is preventing us from getting down to business and give our education the time it deserves.
Of course, you can still kick back, relax, and enjoy a print copy of my book Make an Impact – The Six Habits of Highly Influential People (shameless plug alert!)
If you have already devoured my book (did I mention you look particularly hot today?!), then you may want to look into my favourite book-consuming weapon of choice: audiobooks.
This is why partnered with Audible to bring you the best audiobooks for influencers and small brands.
This is why we are starting a new “book of the month” series, focusing on audiobooks we encourage the community to read along with us – starting off right with Deep Work, an amazing book by Cal Newport.
Deep Work, Cal Newport
About the Book
In 2019, focus is a luxury.
You know I am right: the average attention span of a 20-something-year-old will put a goldfish to shame.
Deep work is something most of us could definitely benefit from. Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.
It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Cal Newport argues that Deep work will make you better at what you do and make you feel much more accomplished. As he likes to put it, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive twenty-first-century economy.
You’d expect the author arguing distraction is bad, however, he celebrates the power of its opposite. The book is divided into two parts, as he first makes the case that in almost any line of work, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits.
Cal Newport presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.
Damn, you know I love a good training regime.
Deep Work does not lack in stories: from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air.
Best takeaway from the book
I love his controversial take on why most people should quit social media and should practice being bored. The idea of deep thinking and how it can affect our decisions is also incredibly powerful and will resonate with a lot of overthinkers.
This book is for you if…
- You can easily get distracted when going through your to-dos
- You have more than 10 tabs open at any given time
- Your phone notifications are ruling your life
- Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less: Listen to it here
- The Shallows – How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember: Listen to it here
- How to Break Up with your Phone – The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life: Listen to it here
What audiobooks do you love to listen to? Audible allows you to listen to hundreds of Audiobooks right from your phone.