Wander Purposefully

A Reflection on How to Love Learning
Narrated by: Eric Travis
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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For Eric Travis, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was not about hiking. It was about mentally developing himself through audiobooks. Over the 156-day and 2,500 plus mile journey, Travis completed 71 audiobooks - including books on religion, history, personal development, and literary classics - all of which expanded his knowledge, cultural awareness, and business acumen.

We often view learning as a chore. It requires dedicating time and effort. Learning is frequently inspired by a desire to perform well on tests and earn degrees, not by a desire to learn. After these test scores and degrees are attained, we tend to forget what we’ve learned because our incentive to remember has already been achieved.

Releasing exclusively as an audiobook, Wander Purposefully: A Reflection on How to Love Learning introduces the listener to “absorbent learning” - a practical lifestyle that encourages and inspires learning for the sake of learning. Travis welcomes you - the listener, and learner - to envision and apply his absorbent learning techniques within your existing daily routines. Many of his techniques hide in plain sight and require minimal effort. The three types of absorbent learning - auditory, visual, and experiential - define a new learning lifestyle that benefits not only the learners, but also their surrounding communities and ultimately the world at large.

©2019 Eric Frank Travis (P)2019 Eric Frank Travis

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An uninhibited musing for all lovers of learning

Here is an uninhibited musing for all lovers of learning and those who desire to change their experiences in order to maximize self-growth. Equal parts pop psych and personal memoir, it is neither preachy nor authoritative; Travis presents intuitive educational tools at a level at which anyone can reach them. These are not doctrinaire findings of a distant expert but practical, intimate tips from a journeyer like you who is simply seeking meaning in life. At its heart, Wander Purposefully is a reflection on what it is like to be daily synthesizing the ever-variable information in the world around us. By seeing the author do just that throughout - to increasing degrees of critical thinking and introspection - we gain a bit of confidence in our own efforts to do the same. You'll find yourself rethinking the aphorism "learn something new every day." You'll find yourself counting your interests and idiosyncrasies, and also your blessings.

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  • 09-12-19

Top marks for debut audiobook WANDER PURPOSEFULLY

Wander Purposefully is a wonderfully narrated journey of how the author discovered and applied new learning techniques in his daily life that actually worked and led to many successes for him. He is able to double dip his learning techniques (dubbed "absorbent learning") along with other daily activities that don't require much attention or effort (dubbed "white spaces"). Part One of the literary journey unfolds within the backdrop of the author's real life, multi-month, trek of the Pacific Crest Trail. He reflects on how he gathered and sorted most of his book's inspiration and content while listening to an extraordinary sampling of books along the way.

What's best about this book is that the author does not simply stop at how to perform these techniques, but gives well researched and thought provoking arguments on why the reader should apply these techniques and what benefits the reader will see from them in their lives. During the second half of the book, in daring fashion, the author goes on to divulge how these learning techniques and efforts have the potential to push, IMO, welcome cultural changes at a macro level in this age of increasing globalization.

Another bonus is the side bar website the author has created to supplement his audiobook with helpful visuals and interesting content to be used at the reader's leisure.

Long story short - it's a great read, likely to inspire some changes in your day to day, and maybe even change the way you perceive a great many thing.

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A Debut Success - Incredible & Thought Provoking!

Wander Purposefully is a must read (or should I say, must listen!).

The author's choice to release his debut book exclusively as an audiobook chimes harmoniously with book's main theme: learning how to color in the "white space" of one's busy day.

Wander Purposefully taught me how to grow in productivity. It taught me techniques become more knowledgeable on diverse topics, It taught me new ways to connect with myself, my community, and the world at large.

Moreover, the author uses his own experience on the Pacific Crest Trail as a narrative vehicle for the wisdom he imparts. Wander Purposefully is an immersive audiobook experience: the author's website displays his photos from the Pacific Crest Trail, as well as other products and posts, to support and supplement the listener's own journey to wander purposefully.

I can't speak enough to how fulfilling, and entertaining, this book is; if I could give it more than 5 stars, I would! Highly recommend!

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Fantastic Book, Inspired Writing and Practical Wisdom

Wandering purposefully is a perfect guide to getting out of your comfort zone, getting inspired to experience new things, meet new people, and learn something new. All using time you don’t realize you already have.

Many thoughtful reflections from classic novels and non-fiction that will inspire you to read more and make more use out of your everyday to listen and learn more effectively.

This book was recommended to me by a friend and it has inspired me to get moving on my goals of reading more books. I’ve already downloaded three more classics, Don Quixote will be the First! See the reading list recommendations from the list of books he completed on the trail.

I hope this book inspires a community of wanderers to help change the world by helping people learn and love learning more. It has certainly inspired me.

If you are still reading this, stop go download the book and get listening/reading!

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A Wanderfully Synthesized Book

I wasn't expecting to love this book because I don't really like self-help books, but I was quickly proven wrong. This is much more than a self-help book. It begs the ever important question that we have heard a million times "how are you spending the time in your life?" But with Eric's evident ability to synthesize important information, anecdotes, and personal reflection, the book really leaves you feeling optimistically motivated to enrich your life through absorbent learning. And, as an undertone, testament to Eric's hiking of the Pacific Crest Trail, to enrich your life through physical activity too. There is something for everybody in this book.

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Exceptional read!

As someone who typically finds self betterment books far too fluffy, Wander Purposefully was a refreshing reset. The author gives a candid look into the hard work, time, and effort required to accomplish great feats while outlining actionable tasks to lead listeners to their goals. Far too often we are told tales of great success without properly examining the journey required to get there. Mr. Travis walks the listener through an insightful and exciting tale of his journey on the Pacific Crest Trail and brings the listener a well rounded perspective on continuous learning. This book can truly benefit readers of any age, absolutely recommend!

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Inspiring, and a fantastic read

As someone who just discovered the value of podcasts and audio books with a new office job, I couldn't have listened to this at a better time. Upon reading this, I've found more fire than ever to continue my research and personal development during slow monotonous office work

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Original, inspiring and practical

Eric Travis articulates his idea of absorbent beautifully. Well thought out and useful. His balanced and honest testimony to absorbent learning is something that anyone can utilize with great efficacy. A triumph!

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Pacific Crest Trail and more..

Liked this audio story very well..Great learning techniques about making use of your spare time..Being a hiker it was nice to meet myself a few times while listening and hiking locally at the same time..You’re never told old to learn and refreshing to listing to wisdom of a younger hiker/author

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An introspective perspective on what is necessary to gain knowledge

Wander Purposefully creates an eagerness for knowledge and supplements this want with Eric’s own methods of how he achieves it. Citing from his own inspirational journey, it makes craving knowledge a necessity while we grow and wander throughout this world. With little anecdotes to support his arguments, he follows the story with the unedited journal he kept during his adventure during the Pacific Crest Trail. This book has re-awakened a love for learning in ways that challenge conventional institutions. Since finishing this book in November, I’ve started and finished 2 more. I credit Eric with this newfound love for knowledge via Wander Purposefully.

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