I suppose now you’d simply call it a “playlist” and easily create a collection of songs on Spotify, but back in my youth we’d work hard to create the perfect sequence of greatest hits (usually recorded from live radio) and record them on a cassette which we call a mix tape.
Mix Tapes might have favorites songs by random artists or be a themed collection based on the pubescent emotion of the moment. Cassettes would then be gifted to girlfriends or boyfriends or traded with friends who would give you one of theirs in return.
Greatest Hits Success Mix Tapes
With Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube it’s a pretty task to create and share a collection of your favorite tunes on any of the social media sites, and play them on your phone, your smart TV, Bluetooth speakers, or on your Google Home or Amazon Echo smart speakers — but what about a mix tape that increases your odds of success by collecting the wisdom of the ages?
Why not create your own Success Mix Tape?
There are a variety of ways you could collect the greatest hits of business, marketing, and personal development advice.
Podcasts are a great way to choose favorite topics and speakers and order them in a playback sequence to listen to during your daily commute, in your workspace, or on a road trip.
Audio Books are another way to choose voices and content that you can consume in whatever order you prefer. I liken these more to listening to an entire album by a single artist rather than a mix tape, but there’s nothing from stopping you from jumping between titles and authors by listening to a chapter at a time.
Blinkist is a book summary service to which I subscribe (I sometimes use the summaries to decide whether to buy the full book or not). While many of the summaries are text-based, many (most) of their summaries are available as audio clips. It’s super easy to stack a list of summaries to listen to and they can be broadcast to most Bluetooth devices.
Recording Your Own is an option that will reinforce your retention of the material you’re most interested in. Most of the successful people I know are readers, but they are also “highlighters” — the read a book with a pen in had to underline important sections or a highlighter to mark the essential phrases for future review. I tend to read most books on a Kindle these days and the e-reader has a built-in highlighting function for this same purpose. The really cool thing about the Kindle feature is that it collects all the highlighted sections for easy review. It even allows you to post them to social media directly from the Kindle app.
Once you’ve highlighted your favorite parts of a book, it becomes a script that you can read and record for your own greatest hits success mix tape. Don’t overthink it — you don’t need a fancy microphone or mixing board — just open up the voice recorder app on your phone and read the highlighted sections from your books.
No matter which method you choose (try them all!), creating a success mix tape will help you keep those important bits of wisdom at the forefront of your mind in nice bite-size (sound-bite sized) chunks to consume for yourself or to share and trade with your friends the next time you get stuck.