Eat The Meat, Spit Out The Bones

Information is like air - it's everywhere (literally!). Over the past few years, I have been on the hunt for the best tools and rules relating to business, speaking, entrepreneurship, productivity and how to make a livable income through writing. There is a ton of information out there addressing these topics. 

Last weekend my husband and I took a road trip to Austin, Texas to visit my best friend, her family, and to celebrate the birthday of her son who was turning two years old. I love road trips.

My husband had six unused Audible credits, which meant that I could use the trip as a chance to catch up on books that I have not had the opportunity to start reading. Our road trip playlist included: 

•    The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Jack Trout and Al Ries
•    Tools of the Titans: Summary and Analysis by Osmosis Jones
•    #AskGaryVee by Gary Vaynerchuck 

The first two audiobooks ranged between 45 minutes and 3 ½ hours. #AskGaryVee is about 11 hours (I’m still working through it). These audio books gave my husband and me the chance to listen, pause and discuss, and listen some more. It was a perfect way to spend six hours in the car. 

What I gathered from the first two audiobooks and an hour into Vaynerchuck’s book is that information is more readily available now than I believe it has ever been in my lifetime, which means that you and I must learn to eat the meat and spit out the bones. 

Eating the meat and spitting out the bones means that you listen, take what is relevant to you, and leave the rest.

  • You do this by first, narrowing your questions. 

“The quality of your life is determined by the quality of the questions you ask.”  – Tony Robbins 

Asking yourself and others very specific questions. Like how can I make $2000 this month through my writing, painting, etc? What applications or platforms will help me get there? 

  • Second, regarding the information I’ve gathered what can I leave behind. 

You will not remember everything. Decide what are the actionable and the executable things that you can put into practice today? 

For me, what that looks like is hearing a great piece of information on blogging or social media marketing and heading straight to my computer and onto my site to make those necessary adjustments. 

  • Third, evaluate results and go back for more. You and I have just heard something that could be useful to getting us one step closer to our monthly or yearly goals. We’ve taken action by putting it into practice. Now, we must learn more. We must ask a new and specific question. 

And then, go in search of the answer. 

What are your burning questions?  Have you narrowed them?