I used to be a huge book worm as a child. When I was eleven, I even read 23 books during my six-week long summer break. Since grade 7, however, I sadly didn’t read nearly as much as I used to. It’s a must for me to read all of the Harry Potter books every year, but otherwise, I only read a few other books within the last couple of years. To say that I don’t have enough time would be a stupid excuse because it’s just a matter of priority. There is plenty of time to read, especially during long bus or train rides. Yet, I’m often unable to concentrate while reading in public transport.
At the end of last year, however, I got the idea to start listening to audiobooks. They are really convenient since you can listen to them any time at any place and all you need is your phone and headphones. By listening to audiobooks, I’m able to get more information in a shorter amount of time. By now I have listened to 17 audiobooks this year, so I thought I might share my favorites with you.
1. Atomic habits by James Clear
This one is definitely the best audiobook I’ve listened to so far. As the title may suggest, Atomic habits is about building good habits and breaking bad ones. The author suggests that tiny improvements every single day will eventually lead to great success in the longterm. It’s neither an autobiography nor a purely theoretical piece, but a real hands-on (audio)book. I never encountered a similar (audio)book on this topic, so all the suggested strategies were completely new to me. As for every other audiobook I talk about here, I can really recommend listening to it at least twice.
2. The success principles by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer
With a listening time of almost 22 hours, this one is the longest audiobook I’ve ever listened to. It’s structured as a list of 67 principles on different areas of life, such as success in general, relationships of all kind, money and career. Since it’s so broadly based, it’s difficult for me to describe it in only a few sentences but I can definitely recommend it!
3. Big magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I personally think this one is highly underrated and should be even more popular than her first, bestselling book Eat, pray, love. I already liked Big magic from the beginning, but only after re-listening it over and over again I really got her messages. This audiobook isn’t necessarily about how to get successful by pursuing a creative career but much more about living a life, which is mainly based on curiosity instead of fear. By the way, Elisabeth Gilbert and Big magic were the main driving forces that made me get out of my comfort zone and start this blog. I can also recommend her Podcast Magic lessons as an addition to the book or audiobook.
4. You’re a badass at making money by Jen Sincero
Honestly, I think a book with a title like this one is just meant to be a bestseller. As a university student who never worked fulltime, there is still a lot for me to learn regarding money. Spoiler alert: I didn’t get super-rich by listening to this audiobook. I’m still not sipping champagne in my villa on Seychelles and I’m also not driving a Ferrari. Shocking truth. Yet, this audiobook gave me a really good feeling. The practical tasks were particularly valuable to me. I discovered my own limiting beliefs towards money and questioned how money helped me and others in the past. Last but not least, it made me excited about earning more money in the future without putting pressure on me.
5. The universe has your back by Gabrielle Bernstein
This one came to me quite randomly as an Audible suggestion. I hadn’t even heard about the author, but the title made me curious. The content of this audiobook (spiritual growth) wasn’t completely new to me, yet I always love to hear new real-life stories and perspectives from others. I really appreciate Gabrielle’s honesty, which makes her stories and her book as a whole even more relatable.
6. How to be an overnight success by Maria Hatzistefanis
Ironically, Maria confessed within the first few minutes that there’s no such thing as an overnight success and that it takes years of hard work and effort to eventually found a firmly established company. She talks about both, the hardships and the rewards, the curses and the blessings of being an entrepreneur and clearly states that this kind of job and lifestyle isn’t for everyone. I especially liked how she talked about branding and that you are your own biggest walking advertisement.
7. The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best. This one is short but sweet. It doesn’t go much into depth, but I still think it’s a good guideline.
8. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck
To be honest, I’ve been a bit skeptical about this one in the beginning, because it started off a bit TOO sarcastic for my taste. However, the longer I listened to this audiobook, the more I agreed on what the author said. I like how he approaches obstacles and challenges differently than most self-help gurus do. In short, this book isn’t about not giving a f*ck about anything at all but rather to focus on what’s really important in life.
As you can probably tell now, I’m very much into nonfiction books, especially about spirituality, personal growth and entrepreneurship. I think these kinds of books really influence my way of thinking and just make me feel better. You have to keep in mind, however, that applying the learnings from these audiobooks is much harder, yet more impactful than simply listening to them.
Don’t expect that you’re able to apply everything you’ve learned right away. Baby steps are still steps!