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Why You’ve Been Reading Self-Help Books All Wrong

The promise of self-help books can often give way to frustration when you don’t know how to actually apply them to your life. Luckily, there’s an easy way to make the most of them.
by Michael Benninger | Jun 2 2017

No matter what you’d like to improve about your life or yourself, there’s a self-help book out there to aid you. However, often these promising-sounding books stack up on our shelves without us being able to actually apply the suggested actions to our lives.

how to read self-help books in a way that will improve your life

With hundreds of thousands of self-help books published yearly, the sheer choice available can be overwhelming. When you do select a book, it can often be difficult to pull out the tips that make the most sense for you, and to practically apply them to your day-to-day life. As a result, you can end up more frustrated with yourself than you were before you bought the book. That’s where the Blinkist app comes in.

The Blinkist app presents the key concepts from top-rated books as books-in-blinks, an easily digestible format that you can breeze through in about 15 minutes.

Blinkist makes it easy for you to get an overview of key, actionable insights from the best self-help books, saving you the hours of your life that you would otherwise spend first finding, and then reading, the best titles.

The books-in-blinks are deliberately designed to be clear, engaging, and memorable, making it easy for you to incorporate key insights into your daily routine. You can also quickly get an overview of a whole range of books, so you can invest in just the ones that really make sense for you!

Still not sure about the benefits of using Blinkist? Here are 5 ways the app helps you develop worldly wisdom and enact lasting change in your life.

1. The Blinkist app goes everywhere you go

With Blinkist, there’s no need to lug around a heavy hardcover. The world’s best nonfiction books travel with you no matter where you go. You can read “books-in-blinks” on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or ereader, and your progress will seamlessly sync across all platforms. You can even download titles to your devices so you can enjoy blinks offline, whether you’re underground or in the air.

2. You can enjoy book-in-blinks anytime with the app’s audio feature

Ever try reading a book while you’re doing the dishes or going for a run? Not that easy, right? Until now. Blinkist’s audio feature gives you the freedom to listen to books-in-blinks when your hands are busy. So whether you’re doing pushups or driving to work, Blinkist makes hands-free learning a reality. You can even create a playlist so you can seamlessly listen to a series of Blinkist books without lifting a finger.

3. The Blinkist app costs a fraction of its hardcover counterparts

Nonfiction books aren’t exactly cheap, especially if you purchase physical copies. But with Blinkist, you can soak up the knowledge from numerous nonfiction titles for less than the cost of a single copy of a new bestseller. With an enormous potential for your return on investment, a subscription to Blinkist might be the best money you’ve ever spent.

4. You can choose what you want to learn

What you decide to learn with Blinkist is entirely up to you. There are currently more than 2,000 titles in the the app’s library, including the most popular books in virtually every conceivable category of nonfiction. Bonus: Blinkist even recommends new titles to you based on your reading history, so you can spend less time searching and more time learning.

5. The Blinkist app is always getting better

Because Blinkist’s library continues to grow every week, you’ll never grow tired of the app’s selection. And as the app also offers you a comprehensive overview of what’s covered in each self-help book, you can make sure you only spend time reading the best blinks for your interests.

Scientist and author E.O. Wilson once wrote, “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.” And while that statement’s never been more true than it is today, consider Blinkist both a life jacket and a warm meal while working to improve yourself.

At a time when it’s easy to experience frustration for failing to act on recommendations from books you’ve bought and read, Blinkist comes to the rescue by helping you discover actionable insights in minutes.

Download the app now, and you’ll be that much closer to changing your life for the best…for good.

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