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Getting to the Top


Getting to the Top
by Gary Woods

All of the self help books about how to get ahead in life talk about how much successful people read. There are a lot of books out there on improving everything in your life but let’s face it. Who has time to read all that stuff?  But, the other day I found an app called Blinklist, which has a collection of over 500 non-fiction book summaries.

The list is mostly pointed towards business professionals and has a mixture of recent best sellers and classics from “The 4-Hour Work Week” to “How to Win Friends & Influence People.” All of the book’s key ideas are summarized and broken down into small readable chunks they call “blinks” and the premium version of the software has professionally narrated audio versions of many of the titles.

The collection has categories that include Marketing & Sales and Management & Leadership as it relates to business. There are other categories like Personal Transformation, Biography & History and Science. A reader can also find titles from a User List Groups such as “Write the Future” with Bill Gates, “Entrepreneurship” with John Lee Dumas and “Science” with Joe Hanson.

If you think Blinklist sounds like something you’d like to check out it’s free for three days. After that, they will send you one pre-selected book each day at not charge or for $49.99 a year you can access the entire library of summaries. The premium version, which is $79.99 per year, includes written summaries; the audio version and the ability send book summaries to Kindle and Evernote.

If you’ve been trying to work a little more learning into your life Blinklist is a cool way to do it.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.