Originally published at https://thewellnesshound.com on January 24, 2021.
So you want to learn about the world, boost your income, acquire new skills, or become well-respected. Only…however set you are on developing yourself, you simply don’t have the time or patience to read more than a couple of book chapters.
Books are a beautiful tool to learn things, but they should not be an obstacle to learning. Not when there are so many ways to take your life to the next level.
In fact, there are so many alternatives to improve your vocabulary, to polish new skills, to become educated — to learn anything, without ever opening a book.
Keep scrolling to discover 9 alternatives to reading. So you can push your sleeves back and get hands on with the vision you have for yourself.
Use any of them or combine them, and earn the freedom to do whatever you want. Does it shine too bright to be gold?
You’ll never know until you try.
9 alternatives to reading: Take Your Life to the Next Level
1. Sign Up for Online Courses
You can find classes online to hone your professional skills. Learning platforms like Udemy, Coursera, and Skillshare offer a wide range of courses to fit any budget. You can even register for FREE classes!
2. Attend Webinars/Seminars
If you have a couple of extra leisure hours, try joining a seminar in your field. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and build connections. Webinars may be less social than in-person presentations, but they still represent a great opportunity to get your questions answered.
3. Listen to Audiobooks:
Audiobooks are a favorite for people with long commutes. Turn those boring drives into an enriching experience. If the book drags on, you can even find audiobooks with the book summary. Talk about making things convenient.
4. Watch YouTube videos:
Is there anything you cannot learn on YouTube? Plenty of schools and universities upload educational content daily. There’s a chance your favorite companies upload training and useful tips to propel your career and personal skills. Take advantage of this FREE resource to get an overview of subjects and find links to in-depth courses.
5. Watch documentaries
Do you binge on Netflix? Try clicking the Documentaries tab when you want to impress your peers with your knowledge. Becoming knowledgeable doesn’t have to be boring. Most documentaries offer a good balance of entertainment with lessons in history, technology, science, arts, finance, and all the best subjects to learn. You can also find documentaries on Amazon, HBO, or Hulu.
6. Sign up for Bootcamp
Not everyone wants to dedicate their time and money to a university. Bootcamps are great for immersing yourself into a career field, make work contacts, and get the ropes of the business. You will find that bootcamps have become popular for web development, software engineering, social media management, freelance writing, and similar subjects.
7. Ask Alexa, Siri, or Google Home for daily facts
You will never run out of conversation topics. You could multiply the useful contents of your brain with just one daily fact for one year. Imagine how reputable you will come across as wherever you go, from the wide arrange of particulars you will know!
8. Join public lectures
Did you know you can attend university lessons at no cost? Institutions like Princeton and Harvard offer online broadcasts for some of their lectures. Ask your local institutions for their public lectures calendar and add this wonderful resource to your tool box.
Some call podcasts the new radio, only with longer programs. In essence, you get to listen to other smart people talk about your favorite topics. Play them from your phone while at the gym, walking your dog, stretching before bed, driving home, or anytime you feel like catching a good conversation.