Audiobooks to Help You Find Self-Motivation

Audiobooks to Help You Find Self-Motivation


December 30, 2019
We all get stuck in a rut and struggle to find motivation from time to time. No matter what your goals are, from reinventing yourself to optimizing your work life to getting fit, we've compiled a list of the 10 best audiobooks to shake things up and get you started. Get listening to the inspiring titles below to jumpstart your motivational journey.
    • How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
    • By: Jen Sincero
    • Narrated by: Jen Sincero
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 09-16-13
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 49,234 ratings
    • In this upbeat, cheeky author-narrated audiobook, Jen Sincero offers you 27 chapters of encouragement, reminding you why you're already a badass and how to channel that confidence into staying motivated. Along with the occasional swear word and frequent sharp-witted remark, she packs this listen with easy exercises and straight-forward advice to get you motivated to try new things so that you can live your best life and reach your goals.
    • How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
    • By: Shonda Rhimes
    • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 11-10-15
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 19,561 ratings
    • In this inspiring memoir, performed in the author’s own voice, show-runner and producer Shonda Rimes shares stories from the year she decided to say yes to each and every opportunity that came her way. While she already had more than enough on her plate with three kids and a successful Hollywood career, opening herself up to unexpected challenges changed her life for the better, pushing her to be a braver person and grow in new and exciting ways. This is a listen that will definitely motivate you to say yes more often in your own life.
    • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
    • By: Marie Kondo
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Series: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Book 1
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Release date: 01-06-15
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 28,728 ratings
    • If you need a little motivation to clean up and organize your life, look no further than the KonMari method. In her best selling book, narrated with good humor by Audie Award winner Emily Woo Zeller, Kondo gives practical and forthright advice on how to tackle all aspects of your home and life, sort and organize, and get rid of things that don't spark joy. The result? A cleaner, less cluttered home that will inspire peace and harmony, so you can stay focused and keep striving.
    • Little Pep Talks for Me & You
    • By: Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • Length: 46 mins
    • Release date: 10-16-18
    • Language: English
    • 5 out of 5 stars 642 ratings
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda is the ever-inspiring creator of the musical Hamilton, about the quintessential self-starter: founding father Alexander Hamilton. He also writes encouraging good-morning and good-night tweets that are loved by thousands. In this delightful collection, narrated by the author himself, Miranda compiles his words of encouragement, crafting the perfect pick-me-up when you're gearing up to do something hard or seeking reassurance or validation.
    • Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
    • By: Stephen R. Covey
    • Narrated by: Stephen R. Covey
    • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 12-28-03
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 29,543 ratings
    • If you are looking to become more effective and efficient at what you do, we recommend this classic self-help and success guide by educator, business professional, and speaker Stephen Covey. It's a straightforward presentation of the seven things that successful people do in order to help them succeed. This author-narrated listen will encourage you to be proactive, set goals, face adversity, and achieve everything you set out to do.
    • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
    • By: Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 02-28-12
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 59,305 ratings
    • Science writer Charles Duhigg teams up with clear, crisp narrator Mike Chamberlain for this in-depth look at why human nature includes the instinct for habit-forming patterns. Habit, Duhigg argues, is a driving force behind why we do what we do, and understanding human habits have been at the core of major social change, successful businesses—and even the NFL. If you're looking to make some changes in your life to become more productive, taking the time to understand innate nature and habit will help you make the right moves to establish healthy routines.
    • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
    • By: Mark Manson
    • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 09-13-16
    • Language: English
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 128,617 ratings
    • If pep talks and positivity don't really motivate you, then this alternative is the audiobook for you. It's a no-holds-barred listen that keeps it real with the core message: sometimes life sucks, things aren't always fair, and, in fact, we do have our limits. As author Mark Manson argues, it’s in knowing what those limits are, accepting them, and then focusing your attention on what really matters in life that true happiness and motivation can be found—a message that’s underscored by the strong performance of narrator Roger Wayne.
    • How to Sit Your @ss Down Long Enough to Exert Willpower, Develop Self Discipline, Stop Procrastinating, Increase Productivity, & Get Sh!t Done
    • By: Reese Owen
    • Narrated by: Fran McClellan
    • Series: Funny Positive Thinking Self Help Motivation for Women and Men, Book 1
    • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
    • Release date: 12-27-18
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 166 ratings
    • If you need a no-B.S., straightforward approach full of practical tips and advice on how to find motivation for work or life in general, this is the perfect audiobook for you. Reese Owen’s guide will show you how to find hours in the day to do all that needs to be done, develop your willpower, fight against fatigue and stress, and maximize productivity. It's also a tongue-in-cheek reminder (brought to life by narrator Fran McClellan’s spot-on comedic timing) that will give you a good-natured kick-start to get things done.
    • Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything
    • By: Erin Falconer
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
    • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
    • Release date: 01-02-18
    • Language: English
    • 4 out of 5 stars 175 ratings
    • This audiobook, also narrated by the excellent Lauren Fortgang, is ideal for the modern woman, as traditional self-motivation guides often neglect to consider the unique cultural challenges and societal pressures women face. Women are expected to have it all and do it all—from careers to relationships, motherhood, and friendships. It can be overwhelming. Here, Falconer makes an argument for delegating, outsourcing, and putting a stop to caring about stuff that's not really important, so that you can excel at what really matters.


Tirzah Price is a writer and contributing editor at Book Riot.





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