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How to consume books while hiking, driving, or washing dishes. Hint: Audiobooks.

Books wrapped by headphones

The thing is, as much as I enjoy reading paper books and also books in my kindle, it’s nearly impossible and highly irresponsible to do it while walking, washing dishes, or driving, it really isn’t safe. Now, I’ve known about Audible for a while, but for some reason, just never tried it until recently. However, listening to podcasts while driving, running, hiking, washing dishes, etc. it’s something I’ve been doing for a while now. Listening to audio while doing other physical or very repetitive activities is not only possible but enjoyable, and yes, I really do wash dishes just so I can listen to podcasts and audiobooks.

Audiobooks crossed my life recently, it was during a road trip to Florida last year when I experienced listening to an audiobook from beginning to end while driving for several hours from Texas to Florida.

The audiobook was Becoming by Michelle Obama, my wife had asked me to buy it, and so we ended up listening to it during this road trip. The book was long but very entertaining and exciting, it was great overall. We learned a lot about Michelle Obama, and also her husband, President Obama. But what it surprised me the most, it was the audio format was actually easy to follow, We truly enjoyed it. And this is all it took to be hooked to audiobooks.

The next thing I did after that was to buy another book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, which I’ve wanted to read for a while and since I knew I was about to drive from Austin, TX to Seattle, WA, I thought it would be a great way to consume this book. It was, and it is now one of my favorite books I’ve listened to or read this year so far.

The thing with audiobooks is that, while they aren’t as polished as podcasts, they are a pretty good way to consume books, especially if you can’t find the time to sit and read. Now, for me, audiobooks aren’t a replacement of paper or kindle books, but they are definitely an option when you want to consume a book while doing an activity where reading isn’t an option.

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In the end, whichever way you find more sustainable and entertaining for you to consume books, just do it. Eliminate all the barriers that are preventing you from learning and discovering new things usually hidden in books/audiobooks. I recently wrote about how reading help you find success, the post is in Spanish, but you can easily translate it or wait until I post an English version of it. Go read/listen more. Cheers.

¿Quieres tener más éxito? Lee más.

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¿Saben una cosa? En toda mi vida nunca he conocido a una persona con éxito financiero que no lee en abundancia. Leer te ayuda a tener un conocimiento amplio de la vida, de los negocios, de la ciencia, y cualquier otro tópico que leas. En mí opinión, si quieres tener éxito, tienes que aprender a leer en abundancia y con gusto.

Una forma fácil de hacer esto es leer cualquier cosa que sea de tu interés, si lees sobre algo que te guste, le encontraras el gusto a la lectura y con tiempo leerás sobre una variedad amplia de tópicos, y con gusto.

La lectura también amplia tu vocabulario, y te ayuda a entender y a obtener puntos de vista distintos y variados. Las personas que leen normalmente tienen una mente más abierta y no pierden tiempo en discusiones innecesarias. El conocimiento adquirido por la lectura te ayuda a entender otros puntos de vista, y te da la habilidad de discutirlos con inteligencia, sin enojarte.

Además, leer puede ser muy placentero y excitante, una vez que adquieras el gusto por la lectura, te sorprenderás de ese mundo tan interesante y misterioso que puedes encontrar en muchos libros.

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Kickstarter: Our project failed

greenThis is the message I received this morning from Kickstarter about my campaign failing because it didn’t get funded:

We’re sorry to report that your project, The Undocumented Engineer, didn’t meet its funding goal.

We know how much hard work goes into running a project. You’ve made tremendous progress by launching and working to build a community around your idea.

As you’re figuring out your next steps, don’t forget to keep your backers in the loop. They’re your biggest fans and are probably interested in following along with your progress. You can post an update or send them a message to let them know about your plans for your project.

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Kickstarter: Day 10

It’s been 10 days since I launched my first kickstarter campaign for my first book. These series of blog posts are a story of my journey with my first kickstarter campaign.

These are the things I’ve tried up until today to get more people to back my campaign:

  • Emailed my entire email list. Twice.
  • Have tweeted multiple times from different accounts about the campaign.
  • Tried unsuccessfully to get influential people to re-tweet or tweet about my campaign.
  • Emailed friends and acquaintances directly to ask them for their support.
  • Have posted the video, book cover and excerpts from my new book multiple times on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even Google+ and LinkedIn.
  • Have written three posts about my failure to get people to back my kickstarter campaign. This is the third one.

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Kickstarter: Day 3

I started my first campaign on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015. So far I have 3 backers, one of them is my wife, the second is a friend and previous co-worker and the third one someone I don’t know. This post is about the changes and updates I’ve made to my still unsuccessful kickstarter campaign a few days after I started it. If you want to read about the launch click here.

A few days after the launch of my first kickstarter campaign and after realizing this campaign wasn’t going to have hundreds of backers in the first few days as I first imagined, I decided to keep spamming people sharing the kickstarter campaign. Social media and direct emails didn’t do as well as I first expected. So naive of me. The next thing on my list to get the word out about this campaign was to write and share an excerpt of the book The Undocumented Engineer, which is what my kickstarter campaign is about. Continue Reading →

Kickstarter: Day 1

After thinking about writing a book for a while I finally pulled the trigger and launched a kickstarter campaign. I wrote a description, created the ugly book cover shown below using Gimp, and uploaded a video created using a notebook and a black permanent marker. I spent a lot of hours researching what a kickstarter campaign should look like. Read multiple blogs describing how to successfully launch a campaign, how to get featured on kickstarter, and even examined some of the successful kickstarter campaigns to learn how they did it.Continue Reading →

Two books every month

A new year is here and everyone is making resolutions, sharing their new year’s challenges, hopes, etc. I would like to share with you one of the new challenges I am setting up for myself. I love to read and have read a large variety of books. However, I have also bought quite a few books that I haven’t read yet. The excuse is always the same, lack of time and “better” things to do with my time.

Different - Escaping the competitive herd

This year I am challenging myself with the task (and enjoyment) of reading two books per month. I cannot reflect the amount of excitement I have about this here, but trust me, I am really looking forward to this challenge. I have already started my first book for this month, it is titled “Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd” by Youngme Moon which I had the pleasure to meet and attend her talk at one of the Business of Software events in Boston a few years back.

I will be sharing my reading list and comments on the different books I read in this blog, please feel free to share what books you are reading, book recommendations are welcome!

Happy New Year!