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.
The Magical Voices
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.