In a world obsessed with productivity and efficiency, books can always set you apart from the crowd. World leaders and the most successful people around the globe are readers. And it’s because books afford you the luxury of learning new skills and incorporating new habits and perspectives at your own pace. You don’t need any external help nor do you need to spend a lot of time looking for different courses and trainers.
In this article, we’ve selected some of the best self-help audiobooks that can potentially change your life. You can listen to them while driving to work or while finishing some house chores, ensuring you don’t have to take out any additional time from your regular schedule.
1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Often, the biggest improvements are not the result of some drastic change, but smaller changes that add up to something extraordinary. And that’s what the book is all about. Having helped millions across the world, the book provides a simple roadmap to improve each day, a little at a time. Using research conducted in different fields to create a guide, he makes sure that you inadvertently take up good habits and leave behind bad ones.
It changes the way you think about progress and achievements and helps you get over any lack of motivation and perseverance. Immensely practical and easy to follow, Atomic Habits can change your behavior in little ways to create something incredible. The audiobook provides a more immersive experience, thanks to Clear narrating it himself.
2. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Our mind has two systems, both influencing and shaping the way we think. While the first system is driven by intuitions and emotions, the second is more logical. The first is fast while the second is slower and these two systems combinedly shape our opinions and beliefs, and, in turn, our decisions. Written engagingly, Kahneman shows when and how to use this intuitive brain and when not to.
Stating the various benefits of thinking slowly and deliberately, he provides practical advice to not fall into mental traps in our personal and professional lives. Daniel, a Nobel Prize recipient, shows the various cognitive biases that shape our everyday living and how we can understand and manage them. He explains how, only by understanding the mechanisms and workings of both the systems, can we understand other things such as the difference between actual memory and our experience of it, the value of risks, the correct way to develop skills, etc. Narrated by Patrick Egan, the audiobook rendition is seamless and thoroughly entertaining.
3. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
A bestseller since the time it was released, How to Win Friends and Influence People has impacted millions of readers over decades. It shows how to build conversations with people around you that help you to strengthen your jobs and relationships. Filled with anecdotes and stories, the book delivers rock-solid advice that helps you reach your full potential in your career. From showing how to communicate effectively to becoming a more solid leader to guiding your way through different spheres of life, the book tackles questions that were as relevant then as they are now.
Carnegie posits that humans are naturally selfish creatures, absorbed by their notions, beliefs, and attitudes. And therefore, by catering to their interests, one can successfully work in their interest. From acknowledging them to remembering their names to making them feel important, he offers several actions you can undertake. Practical and easy to go through, Andrew Macmillan narrates the audiobook with grace and passion that delivers the message even more effectively.
4. 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Impacting readers everywhere since its release, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has changed millions of people’s lives. Through this book, Stephen suggests that any individual can take their life in the right direction with just a few simple steps. The book showcases how and why your assumptions and attitudes can be the roadblock to success, and how to change them. It states that having a balance between your output and your production capability is necessary to work regularly without burning out.
Whether it’s being proactive or thinking in terms of winning, the habits you learn here can help in all spheres of life. It emphasizes building some basic but crucial steps like having a clear destination in mind and listening to everybody with empathy and attention to be attended with care in turn. These habits help you reach a state of independence from dependence, finally moving to the state of interdependence. Narrated by Stephen himself, the audiobook format is thoroughly entertaining and captivating.
5. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
Using numerous real-life incidents (or rather, accidents) and cases throughout history, Gladwell takes the reader to a different, greyer side of humanity. Where nothing is as it seems, and no one is what they appear to be. And simple misreadings can lead to disasters. Gladwell puts forth an argument that there’s a major issue in the way we interact with strangers using a myriad of examples. Conducting interviews with scientists, psychologists, and crime specialists, he tries to understand why this is so and how this can be prevented.
The book helps in reshaping the way you talk to those whom you don’t know, and the way we interact with those around us, knowingly or unknowingly. Gladwell takes various examples, from Fidel Castro deceiving the US government for years to the suicide of Sylvia Plath, to illustrate and examine his observations and questions. The audiobook adaptation brings forth Gladwell’s piece in his impeccable narration combined with a musical score, not to mention the different original interviews conducted for the book and court transcripts re-enacted and thus brought to life.
6. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World by Haemin Sunim
In a world where mental ailments are on a rise, where distress and burnouts are a common feature rather than being a rarity, mindfulness is something that helps us reconnect with our inner self. Through this book, Haemin Sunim, a popular Zen meditation guru, imparts lessons that go beyond the simple boundaries of borders, ages, and religions. In a world that thrives on speed, sometimes slowing down is the best way, and this is what the book tries to show and prove.
Amid all the demands and responsibilities, this book helps you find the road to inner balance and calmness. He underlines the value of being kind and caring and shows different ways to be successful and happy in different spheres of life, from relationships to professional commitments. The messages, profound and simple at the same time, soothe and inspire you, and help you feel a little more relaxed at any time of the day. Voiced by Sean Pratt beautifully, the audiobook is perfect to listen to at any time of the day, a little chunk at a time, to be at peace with yourself.
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