Whether you’re looking to skyrocket your productivity, adopt healthy habits or looking for a better life, self-help books are incredible resources.
However, even if you’re reading the bestselling self-help book, sitting down to read for a long time may seem tedious.
This is why audiobooks are your best friend!
Listening to the inspiring life lessons from self-improvement books every day can have a significant impact on your life. The best part? you can listen while you’re commuting or taking a walk. To get the most out of self-help audiobooks, make sure to pause in between and mull over the lessons. Take notes or highlight the quotes if needed.
Before you start, here is something to note, the self-help books in this list are divided into 3 sections
-Best self-help books of all time
-Self-help Books to Read before you turn 30
–Self-help books to read when you feel lost
However, this is not the ultimate list. These books are definitely interchangeable from the above-mentioned categories.
Now, start listening to 16 motivational books for a greater life!
Best self-help books of all time
#1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
Do you want to be a people’s person? Do you want to build meaningful relationships in your personal and professional life? Then listen to Dale Carnegie’s timeless advice. Since its publication, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” has been an all-time bestseller.
Essentially, the book teaches you the fundamentals of effective communications. From the basics of how to give honest appreciation to be genuinely interested in other people, this self-help book could help you build long-lasting relationships.
Read this book: If you struggle to communicate with people and want to be a better conversationalist.
#2. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
“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.”
Published during the Great Depression, “Think and Grow Rich” has sold more than 15 million copies. We all want to know the money-making secrets of the rich but what Hill focuses on in the book is what he calls “Philosophy of Achievement”.
Hill performed the-20 year task of research and analysed well-known men such as Henry Ford, Wilbur Wright and Thomas A. Edison, and came up with 16 “laws” that are supposed to have resulted in their success. However, in “Think and Grow Rich”, Hill provides 14 of the best principles from his research that can help you take the first step to your journey to success.
Read this book: If you have a burning desire and want to achieve your long term goals.
#3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
“But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”
This book offers numerous guidelines and actionable steps. For instance, Convey explains the need to adopt a proactive mindset in order to be effective in life. Instead of saying I can’t or I have to, he encourages taking responsibility for one’s life. A proactive phrase such as I can, I will, I prefer etc can help to control our lives better.
Read this book: If you want to build successful habits and a better future.
#4. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
“Just keep your conscious mind busy with expectation of the best.”
In this remarkable self-help book, Murphy teaches you to achieve your goals by learning to control your thoughts. Powerful techniques to help create your own destiny.
Murphy incorporates spiritual wisdom with innovative scientific research to elaborate the power of the subconscious mind in your life. Improving self-esteem to build and strengthen your relationships, simple yet practical exercises to transform your mind into a powerful magnet.
Read this book: If you want to achieve prosperity and happiness in life.
#5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
In this book, spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle guides you to spiritual enlightenment. Helps you to deal with emotional pain and overthinking.
Throughout the chapters, Tolle emphasizes the importance of having a pain-free identity. Letting go of the past and future to live mindfully in the present moment. In between the chapters, you get ample time to take a break to close the book and reflect on the lessons.
Read this book: If you’re too anxious about your future and want to become more present in the present moment.
Self-help audiobooks to listen before you turn 30
#6. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
“In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk.”
In one of the bestselling personal finance books, Kiyosaki shares the story of two dads– his own father and the father of his best friend. And how it eventually influenced their perception of money and investing.
Rich Dad and Poor Dad is more than about money, it focuses on how we are taught to think about finances and encourages us to reprogram our minds to learn more about accounting and investing.
Read this book: if you want to have financial freedom at an early age.
#7. Deep Work by Cal Newport
“If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive—no matter how skilled or talented you are.”
In this book, Cal Newport delivers concrete practices to deep focus on the distracting world. Deep work offers actionable steps to succeed in learning and performance.
The book predominantly defines the difference between deep work and shallow work. Later, it gives you insights into how to do cognitively demanding work. Newport also gives several anecdotes to describe each section.
Read this book: if you procrastinate a lot and want to be more productive in life.
#8. The 5 AM Club by Robin Sharma
“All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.”
Leadership expert Robin Sharma in his new book, ‘The 5 AM Club‘ shares a life-changing morning routine that helped his clients to accomplish surprising results in their lives.
Just like his other books, The 5 AM Club also features different characters and analogies to introduce the principles of the book. He describes the 20/20/20 formula- moving, reflecting and growing, to elevate life.
Read this book: if you want to be an early riser and find time for everything.
#9. Atomic Habits by James Clear
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”
James Clear’s New York Times bestseller book is an easy and comprehensive guide on building habits. Clear teaches practical strategies to build a system to make tiny changes every day in your life.
‘Atomic Habits’ emphasis the concept of making small changes to your habits. The tiny things that most would consider irrelevant or unnecessary. Clear educates that thinking ‘small’ delivers big results. Ultimately designing your environment for new habits.
Read this book: if you change your habit by taking small steps every day.
#10. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
“Good health, longevity, happiness, a loving family, self-reliance, fine friends … if you [have] five, you’re a rich man….”
The Bestselling book “The Millionaire Next Door ” spills the secrets of the truly wealthy. Essentially, it encourages people to do what millionaires do.
“The Millionaire Next Door” debunks the notion that millionaires inherit wealth and they are spendthrifts. Stanley shares fascinating facts and statistics about the rich, such as how ⅔ of wealthy people are self-employed or do normal jobs. And they all live frugally, below their means.
Read this book: If you want to know the lives of American millionaires
#11. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
“The only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else.”
‘The Lean Startup’ is one of the best business books that explains the mindset of an entrepreneur to run an innovative lean startup. Entrepreneur and author of the book Eric Ries describes the core reasons why most startups don’t succeed. He also explains the Lean Startup principles that helped him build a million-dollar business.
Ries introduces the concept- MVP (minimum value product), products created in a short time with fewer efforts, to get the attention of consumers. Testing the uncertainties can help any startup to adjust its strategies without a huge risk.
Read this book- if you want to be an entrepreneur.
#12. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
“A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.”
In this New York Times bestseller, the Nobel prize-winning author brings forth a fascinating study of the mind. Kahneman elucidates the two “systems” in the brain that make decisions.
The author categorizes the two systems as “conscious” and “automatic”. The first is when you do things impulsively and the latter requires self-control. Often these two systems fight over who’s in charge.
Read this book: If you want to learn about how human minds function.
Self help audiobooks to listen when you feel lost
#13. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
In this riveting memoir, Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl talks about his life as a prisoner and his invincible will to find meaning in life during the suffering.
In his chronicles, Frankl describes the dreadful lives of prisoners in the concentration camps. The second part involves the basics of Logotherapy-The process which involves recognizing a purpose in life to feel positive about and strongly imaging the outcome. A comprehensive guide to help you identify the power of the mind to reshape your life.
Read this book: If you want to recognize the power of positive thinking.
#14. Feeling Good by David D. Burns
“When two people respect each other, the ability to be vulnerable and to reveal hurt feelings can create a powerful emotional connection that is the source of real intimacy and friendship.”
Renowned psychiatrist David Burns in his book describes the science of cognitive therapy. The theory determines the ways through which you will be able to recognize the root cause of your mood swings.
Burns provides scientifically proven techniques and essential tools to deal with guilt and negative feelings. A comprehensive guide to help you manage your mood or other mental health issues.
Read this book: if you want to overcome your mood swings.
#15. Ikigai by Héctor García
“Essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”
Inspired by the lives of residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa, the author Héctor García introduces life-changing tools to living longer. A fascinating concept that’ll help you embark on a meaningful journey.
Ikigai is probably one of the shortest self-help books packed with inspirational life lessons. It describes centenarians’ secrets to a longer life start with simple daily habits, such as stop eating when 80% full.
Read this book: If you want to discover the secrets of a meaningful life.
#16. The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
“The more we try to avoid the basic reality that all human life involves pain, the more we are likely to struggle with that pain when it arises, thereby creating even more suffering.”
In the book ‘The Happiness Trap’, physician and therapist Dr Russ Harris presents techniques and tools that can help with anxiety, avoidance and day-to-day stress that consume most people.
The book describes new perspectives to live a meaningful life based on the ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). It’s not a conventional religious or spiritual path but rather a science-based program to accept your thoughts and feelings. Simple and effective methods that’ll align with one’s values.
Read this book: if you want to get rid of negativity in your life.
These are 16 inspiring self-development books to help you live a better life.
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