I know what you’re thinking. Who the hell has time to read these days?!
Fair point. It’s exactly how I felt any time someone suggested a book to me. That was until I discovered Audio Books, or as my Mum calls them, Talking Books. I even used to think my Mum was slightly lazy for making the decision to listen to a book over reading one. After all, to a 7 year old, reading is a much more coveted skill over listening…
If you have the time, space, perfect lighting and peacefulness to read then AWESOME. If not, Audio Books will change your life!
Where do I listen to my Audio Books?
- In the car. Safely.
- In the shower. Safely.
- Before bed (make sure you know which chapter you’re on when you do this in case you fall asleep!)
How do I listen to my Audio books?
- Via apps on my smart phone; these are only available for the absolute classics.
- Via iBooks. Everyone has this app on their iPhone, and you can buy most books through audio via iTunes.
- Via iTunes, through my laptop.
What Audio Books do I listen to?
There’s also something really powerful about business content when someone is SPEAKING to you. Here are the books I’ve listened to that have made the greatest impact.
1. SHOE DOG
“So that morning in 1962 I told myself: Let everyone else call your idea crazy . . . just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where “there” is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.”
This epic memoir by the Founder of Nike, Phil Knight is by far the most inspirational book I’ve listened to this year. Not only was it hilarious, but it taught so many lessons, indirectly through narrative. There were situations which could be applied to pretty much anyone. I even Googled everything after reading the book to check its legitimacy. All true! It was so good, it made me never want to buy any other sporting product EVER. Unless they bring out a book as good as this.
2. THINK AND GROW RICH
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
This classic by Napoleon Hill written in the 1920’s is a real goody. Anyone I’ve met who’s read this book has not only raved about it, but stated that they still use the principles outlined in the book during their daily lives, and testify that it plays a role in their overall success. What I love about this book is it’s ongoing message surrounding self confidence. If you’re starting a business or want to actually achieve those goals, READ THIS.
3. LEAN IN
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
Sheryl Sandberg’s feminist book really looks at the mindset of women, and details how women can break tradition to ultimately make Planet Earth a better place. Specifically for mothers who want to get their confidence up in the workplace, or feel inspired to set up their own thing, this is an inspiring must read. I also highly recommend that any men in your life listen to this book, and Sheryl recommends this too.
4. HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
“Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.”
Dale Carnegie’s masterpiece is simply the bible for anyone wanting to succeed in the art of sales, perception and networking. This book details social intelligence at it’s best and underlines the most important skills to create likability and belief in your product, to ultimately make sales. I like to think that everyone who’s read this book is in an unspoken cult, where we meet each other throughout life, look at each other, and realise ‘they’ve read the book.’
With a free audible trial, you can listen to it on Amazon. Click here to get it.
5. 4 HOUR WORK WEEK
“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”
Tim Ferris is nuts. This book is pretty controversial, but makes a lot of damn good points. If you’re wanting to start an online business, or a business that can run for itself, allowing you to step back, this is a must read. What made me enjoy this book so much was Ferris’ sense of humour, confidence and relentless passion to influence others in living their lives to the full.
If you want to know more about these books, or want advice regarding more books specific to your interests, I’m happy to help!