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* Read these for a pick me up on your commute, at the gym or in your car
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While #SelfCare is the new “it” phrase these days, the idea of self-help isn’t quite collecting dust in an old bookstore corner. These days, people are finding motivational reads, confidence-building exercises and coaching guides online, thanks to easy to follow audio books.
Amazon’s Audible is a great way to listen to all those books that have been collecting in your cart — or are too embarrassed to pick up in book stores — as you can listen to these inspiring reads in your car, on the train, while you’re working out, or supposed to be working. Don’t have Audible? Get a free 30-day trial here, to start listening to some of these best-reviewed reads online.
1. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
The New York Times Bestseller now comes straight to your ears with this funny, engaging book by the founder and CEO of TheChicSite.com, Rachel Hollis. Honest and life-affirming, it’s the audio book we need right now, to stop feeding into other people’s perceptions and start owning who you are on your own terms.
2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
This refreshingly honest book is the least likely self-help book you’ll read this year. Mark Manson delivers liberating life advice you can apply to your work, home and relationships. It’s not that you don’t care – it’s about caring about the right people and the right things.
3. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Success-coach Jen Sincero doesn’t beat around the bush, with chapters such as “Your Brain Is Your Bitch” and “Fear Is for Suckers.” Her enthusiastic narration also gives the audio book an extra kick.
4. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Jordan B. Peterson is de-bunking some of life’s biggest myths, and answers some of its most difficult questions. From mundane to life-changing, there’s something for everyone. The common thread: relax, and don’t overthink things. You’ll be just fine if you learn to calm down and focus.
5. Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact
Language is an underestimated commodity in today’s world, and Phil M. Jones, who doubles both as author and narrator, teaches you how to choose and use your words more carefully.
6. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It
Written by Chris Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator, this book emphasizes the importance of fighting for what you want, and not making compromises. He reveals the tactics that worked best for him, and how to apply them to your everyday life.
7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg investigates how habits- both breaking them and forming them- can change our lives. From CEOs to Olympic athletes, Duhigg completes comprehensive interviews and uses the latest scientific evidence to explore habit.
8. The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
Five seconds may seem like not enough time for a “Hello,” let alone a life-changing moment, but Mel Robbins explains how this small window might be enough for a big change.
9. How to Win Friends & Influence People
This genre-defining classic was originally released in 1936, and has sold over 15 million copies, and is number nineteen on Time Magazine’s 100 most influential books. This audio-version is narrated by Andrew MacMillan, and is a great way to get you pumped up on your way to work.
10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
In its 15 years since publication, this book by Stephen R. Covey, has been advising people on important lessons to lead you towards personal growth. It’s a best-seller for a reason, so make sure you read it — or download the audiobook to give it a listen.