“My Top 10 Life Changing Books” is a pretty bold statement since I got the audiobooks. These are Life Improving Audiobooks.
The Best Life Improving Audiobooks
I consider myself a person who constantly seeks challenges. Wealth is not my goal, since I don’t mind taking months of unpaid time off from work to travel, but to take on new challenges and to see the world. That wasn’t my goal in 2010. Before that I never took a real vacation and just worked all the time with the occasional weekend Vegas trip (which was devastating financially).
When I started working at Disney, my coworkers recommended many self-improvement books and loaned them to me free of charge. I never considered myself a person who needed it, but I quickly realized I did need it. It’s not a matter of pride, it’s a matter of understanding the psychology of our own habits and behaviors. Because it’s difficult to improve yourself, if you don’t understand yourself.
How Audible Works
I’ve been using audible for years. It’s about $15/month but I started with my account with 2 free books. Each month you pay $15 and you get 1 book credit. The price per book can range from $1-30. Obviously (hopefully), you should only redeem the book credit on books that cost $15+. Each time you purchase a book, you have the option to pay for it using your credits or with money.
After purchasing a book, you can either stream it or download it to your device so you can access offline. If you’re using the Audible app, if you switch to a different audible account you can still access the previously downloaded books.
Example: You have 2 books downloaded, then switch to your friend’s account. Your friend has 3 books. While logged into your friend’s account on your device, you can download all 3 books and then switch back to your account. You will have access to all 5 books now.
Audible Is Best Used When Traveling
Before I start a trip, I download audiobooks and podcasts to my phone. I leave my phone on airplane mode a lot while traveling to really feel “offline”…and of course to save battery. It’s really easy to stay engaged in an audiobook while traveling since you’re either sitting around or walking somewhere. That’s actually a super generic statement about life that can be said about anything.
In a more realistic scenario, you’re waiting for the bus to go to the airport, you take the bus, you wait at the airport, you get on the plane, you wait to arrive at your destination, you wait for the bus, you take the bus to your hotel. Even if it’s a short flight, that’s at least half your day…or ONE good audiobook.
My Top 10 Life Changing Books In No Particular Order/Ranking
#1 Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money by Robert Kiyosaki
Kiyosaki uses the examples of life lessons from a rich dad and poor dad followed by what kind of impact it will have on the children. By showing us these different perspectives of safe (traditional) and risky (lesser-known) paths. He gives detailed examples of starting turn-key business, real-estate strategies and determining our assets and liabilities.
Tim Ferris is an excellent writer and I really related to his ideas and methods. He touches on travel hacking, the 80/20 principle, market testing your ideas before committing to them and is the human example of “you can do anything if you try.” The goal of getting out of his office, starting his own business, hiring employees, and then giving his employees full autonomy so when he checks-in, he only has to work 4-hours each week, if that.
#3 Money: Master The Game by Tony Robbins
I know of Tony Robbins, but never listed to any of his other motivational books. This booked grabbed my attention because I wanted to learn how investing worked. First off, the audiobook is 21-hours long! This was brutal and should have only been a 4-hour audiobook. Tony goes into really long-winded stories, examples and re-iterates the basics of investing many, many times. Even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other books, I still learned a lot about investing. Now I know about compound interest and low cost index funds.
#4 Fresh Off The Boat by Eddie Huang
Full disclosure, I only researched Eddie Huang after enjoying the “Fresh Off The Boat” sitcom. As an Asian man who lived his childhood in the 1990’s, this show was very relatable while also being entertaining and funny. The book however, isn’t as lighthearted. It’s dark, rough, scary and one hell of a journey! I enjoyed all of it! Eddie went through a lot to get to where he is today. He does a lot for his community and is a lawyer that helps people that were wrongly convicted. Much respect!
#5 How To American
Follow your dreams or do a job you hate to make your family happy? Well, if you’re good at inferring what choice he made you should still get this book. It’s the classic fish out of water story with a lot of heart. Really though, there’s a lot emotional sincerity of the struggles of trying to fit in while still being incredibly funny. This book was honest, funny and I cringed at some parts of the story. You’ll see which parts. You don’t have to be Asian to enjoy this book!
Fun Task: Go to a book store, pick up a book, go up to someone, grab their arm, look them in the eye and yell “You don’t have to be Asian to enjoy this book!”
#6 The Natural: How to Effortlessly Attract the Women You Want by Richard La Ruina
I saw that title and had to find out more. It’s a pretty good book than anybody could appreciate for it’s psychological merits. Personally, did it improve my life? Yes. Yes it did.
#7 The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris
It’s really easy not to have confidence and to live in fear, this book changes all that. Before listening to it, I was incredibly introverted (I still am, but when I chose to be) and anti-social. Pretty much, I would only talk to the people I know and do things that were familiar. After listening to this book several times (had to reinforce the ideas), I’m more aware of who I am and I’m comfortable with that. If you consider yourself a person with low-confidence, listen to this 5 times and see if you’ve learned anything.
#8 I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
I think Kevin Hart is hilarious. I’ve seen his movies and stand up comedy specials so when I found out he had a book, I had to check it out. For the audiobook, he reads it himself. That makes the audiobook way better than the physical book since Kevin Hart puts in all the emotions, jokes and timing into his reading. He lived a very rough life and struggled. That struggle made him a very strong and hard working person. His story is has a lot of emotional swings and jokes sprinkled within. Thoroughly enjoyed.
#9 The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
I’ve listed to this several times. It’s a very empowering book about addressing your own weakness and insecurities. Keeping things in perspective is key. At any moment, your life on this planet could end making the things you worried about completely insignificant. If something is troubling you, definitely gain some perspective with this book.
#10 The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security by Kevin D. Mitnick
Absolutely genius. This is about social engineering and hacking to get the things you want. Social Engineer is tricking people into giving them your passwords. Like if you got a call from American Express saying that your credit card numbers have been compromised and they need you to confirm the numbers. That’s not really American Express on the phone because phone numbers can be spoofed.
Life Hacking, Self-Improvement, A Better You
The one thing all these books have in common is that they each had their own way of overcoming a challenge/struggle. Okay, that is a super generic statement because every story has a conflict/resolution structure, but trust me on this and give one of these a listen.
These books happen to fall under self-help, finance and autobiography. I like real stories of real people that put in the effort to improve their lives. Please send me your book recommendations…preferably if there’s an audiobook.
If you’re interested in checking out two of these books for free, please use my Audible referral link by selecting the banner below…oh and if you’re feeling crazy, that’s two free audiobooks PER audible account. Remember what I mentioned earlier about being able to download books from multiple accounts and have access to them all on one device. I do get a commission from your sign ups, but the book reviews are completely honest and have helped me live a better life. I hope it will help you too. Enjoy!