In-Ear Learning – Top 10 Audiobooks than can make a Difference

In-Ear Learning - Top 10 Audiobooks that can make a Difference


It was the beginning of summer in 2011 and I was at the stadium, standing there in the unbearable heat of the sun, preparing for the run. I was the only person crazy enough to do jogging in such weather conditions. It was like 1000 degrees outside.

I usually listen to music while running because it relaxes me and it boosts my motivation. That particular day I decided not to plug-in my random playlist, but to listen to an audio book that I downloaded to my smartphone.

I was a bit reluctant but I started playing it. The voice within my ears was coming from Brian Tracy. It was an audiobook called The Power of Self-Confidence.

I have a lot of good memories from that day because I jogged for more than an hour and the book really fueled my motivation and provided validation for my lifestyle from back then.

I remember that I got some really good business ideas during that session of running.

I finished listening to the book in the following days and that’s when I knew that Brian became one of my virtual mentors; the first one of them.

Ever since, I started listening to audiobooks everyday. I mostly did it when I had no active thinking processes going on. That is: I mostly listened to audiobooks when doing stuff around the house, when cooking, when commuting to kickboxing practice, in the gym, when cycling, and when jogging.

Come to think of it, it can add up to more than 2 hours each day. The most beautiful part is that I listen to audiobooks the same way I listened to music, which is more than once.

There’s this great book that I audited for more than 16 times in the past two years. It’s called How to Win Friends and Influence People. It’s one of the books that had the greatest impact on me.

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Here’s a list of the books that I’ve been listening to in the past three years:

1. Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People

This one is so special to me and I first read it on my smartphone. Then I got the audiobook and started listening to it over and over again. The reason for which it is so important to me is because I applied the tactics from the book in my personal life and most of them worked and still work. That’s so validating!

I think that if I keep playing it for a few more times, I will know it by heart. 🙂

2. Brian Tracy – The Power of Self-Confidence

The title is self-explanatory. Whenever I listen to Brian, he gets me into that mood that I wanna shake the world and do something that has a positive impact on many people.

3. Tony Robbins – Awaken the Giant Within

This is another motivational book. Each chapter begins with a quote. One of the quotes that I can recall precisely is:

Nothing and no-one can make me feel inferior without my consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

4. Charles Duhigg – The Power of Habit

He taught me that my brain likes creating habits and standardizing processes. He also taught me that at least 45% of what I do everyday is habit and does not involve active thinking. From Charles Duhigg I learned to create and reinforce new and powerful habits.

5. Kelly McGonigal – The Willpower Instinct

One of the things that I learned from this book is about dopamine and how it has an impact on my willpower. I also learned about the brain’s rewarding system and why I crave for sweets when I’m shopping in the supermarket. It’s all about manipulating your body’s chemistry. You can dominate it; otherwise it will dominate you.

6. Donald Trump – Never Give Up!

Although many people blame this guy for a lot of reasons, I tend to like him because of the good things that I think he does. I usually listened to this book while jogging because it boosted my motivation levels.

7. Joe Navarro – What Every Body is Saying – An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed Reading People

This is a book on body language and it has a lot of images inside that explain different body and face gestures. You’d think that it is difficult for someone to understand it only by auditing it.

I thought the same. However, I actually understood it pretty well while listening to it. I mean I can remember many concepts from the book probably because it was well written and because the narrator had great oratory skills.

8. Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump – Why we want you to be Rich

This one is on financial intelligence and the science of money making. I don’t think these two guys have any intention on making more money than they have by selling books. Not being profit oriented is one of the reasons for which this book is great.

9. Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now

1 word: mindblowing. You should listen to this one whenever you can dedicate yourself entirely to auditing the book. To illustrate: you could audit it when you’re alone in a quiet place and have a few moments to spare.

10. David DeAngelo – On Being a Man

It should be a mandatory lecture for all the male population of this planet because a lot of men should not have the privilege to be called men. Sorry to say that, but this is the truth viewed from my perspective.


These are only a few the books that I most often listen to. There are other audiobooks as well, but I will mention them in future posts. These titles have positively shaken my existence and I really love listening to them.

If some or at least one of them looks appealing to you, tell me about it in either of the comment sections below and I will give you more details if you decide to read or listen to it.


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15 Responses to In-Ear Learning – Top 10 Audiobooks than can make a Difference

  1. Troy says:

    I agree. A very good list indeed. I have listened to most of those and certainly will pick up those I have not.
    May I be so bold as to add #11? It is a book / CD that changed my life a decade ago and I highly recommend it to anyone regardless of the path they are on. It is called “How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar”
    Chapters include: Re-invent Yourself, Bond Symbols for Change, Your Base of Operations, Your Appearance, The Bond Personality, Bond and His Cash, Your Bond Car, Bond Girls, Resort Hotels, Bond on the Job, Casino Gambling, Your Mission, Upgrading Your Image, The Greatest Adventure, The Ultimate Secret of Women and much more.
    You can find it here- www. /m-powerment/live-james-bond-lifestyle-complete-seminar

    (sorry for the broken up link. I just do not want to get flagged. I just want to help the guys and offer up a another great resource for them. Thanks Chris.)

    • Chris Chris says:

      Thanks for the resource Troy. Who wrote the book? It seems pretty interesting

      • Troy says:

        Actually “How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar” was written by none other than Paul Kyriazi. To give your readers another little taste Paul has come up with not only the ULTIMATE SECRET TO WOMEN but the 21 Rules of the James Bond Lifestyle. Your readers can find more here – http://www.LiveTheBondLife dot com/m-powerment/live-james-bond-lifestyle-complete-seminar/james-bond-lifestyle-21-rules/ but I will give them The Rules here –

        1) I never run out of cash.

        2) I accomplish, learn, give and enjoy something every day.

        3) My base of operations is always clean and organized.

        4) For challenges, I improvise, adapt and overcome.

        5) I dress up; even at home alone.

        6) I eat vegetables, fruit, drink water, exercise and sleep.

        7) I carry enough cash and credit to operate efficiently.

        8) I chose my contacts carefully and avoid villains.

        9) I never give up, but I can change direction.

        10) I’m not afraid to pay for what I want.

        11) I get good value for my time and money.

        12) I circulate all things good. The bad stops with me.

        13) Everyone I meet benefits from the experience.

        14) I am always early for meetings.

        15) I edit out negative verbalizations.

        16) On the job, I am always professional.

        17) I am constantly learning by reading one book a week.

        18) I tip freely like Bond.

        19) My car is clean, filled up and ready to go.

        20) I rent what I need and take mental possession of it.

        21) I never run out of cash.

        • Chris Chris says:

          Troy, how come it starts and it ends with the same rule?

          • Paul Kyriazi says:

            Chris, if we pay attention to rule #1 and #21, the rules in the middle are much easier to follow. The fast and last rule repeats because it’s so important to not run out of cash. I’ve run out many times because of trying to make my projects the best, but then get into tons of trouble and have to click into ‘survival mode’ just to keep going. We humans are wired to overextend ourselves for the sake of bettering out lives, but then we run out of cash at the wrong time. And as you probobly know, Chris, it’s always the wrong time. Paul

  2. Paul Kyriazi says:

    Two great audio-books for success are ‘The 10X Rule’ by Grant Cardone and ‘The Four Hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferris. Very powerful in audio.

  3. Paul Kyriazi says:


    The 10X Rules is very powerful in audio. It has to do with ‘taking massive action’ and pumps you up in varous ways to do it with various examples. It helps to take the fear out of taking action. Thre’s more to if of course, but that’s what I remember from it last year.

    I’m always listening to a self-help or empowerment audio to spur me onto my new projects, so I can’t remember all that was in there, but I remember getting very turned on with the 10X Rule and recomending to people and they loved it.


    • Chris Chris says:

      It’s a great strategy Paul. I do the same thing: always having an audio book to pump up motivation into my mind. Right now I’m listening to “The Willpower Instinct”. I tend to re-listen to them every once in a while. I think it helps a lot…

      If you’d be re-listening to the The 10x Rule, I bet you’ll perceive it differently now. Thanks for the follow-up!

  4. Andrei says:

    Definitely going to listen to “Joe Navarro – What Everybody is Saying”. Until then, an audio book that I would like to recommend is “Accelerated Learning Tehniques” from B.Tracy. It is very useful in terms of increasing your ability to memorise things faster and better (up to 400X as he says). The pack includes 12 audio lessons, 2 extra tracks, one which talks about the visualisation method and one containing Baroque music for relaxation, and a 96 pages workbook (actually very practical, advisable by the author to be used after you’ve listened to all the audio lessons – I’ve done it the other way, which I find it better). Enjoy.

    • Chris Chris says:

      Thanks Andrei, what’s the difference between your prior and post learning in terms of speed after doing this course? Does it also tackle speed reading or photo reading?

      Please let me know!

      • Andrei says:

        I primarly listened to this audio book to improve my German. And it worked. My speed has increased regards to memorizing things better, associating them with other factors and recalling those links faster. From 20 words a week I jumped to 35 and then more. Each new word directed me to another new word and so on. Quite hard at first, but the workbook really helps. It defines stages of learning and how does the brain corespondly react. It tackles also speed reading (power reading as referred in the book). As for photo reading I can’ remember something specific. In the end it is all a matter of exercise.

  5. Dan says:

    I have listen to most, but will pick p the rest. A couple of my favorites are the Power of Focus and The Simple Edge

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