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  • How to Be Everything

  • A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up
  • By: Emilie Wapnick
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a familiar question we're all asked as kids. While seemingly harmless, the question has unintended consequences. It can make you feel like you need to choose one job, one passion, one thing to be about. Guess what? You don't. Having a lot of different interests, projects and curiosities doesn't make you a "jack-of-all-trades, master of none". Your endless curiosity doesn't mean you are broken or flaky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Anonymous User on 03-07-18

Must-read for multipotentialites

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-17

This is a fantastic book for people like me that have a myriad of interests and passions, and that want to pursue several of them professionally. The world promotes us to focus on one career choice and looks down upon those of us with a wide skill set or range of expertise. And there is virtually no promotion of life-long learning, at least not in general. But this book helps you break free from the less is more conditioning and helps you to realize that having many passions and skills is actually a good thing, and gives you tips on how to pursue 'passion projects' or become an entrepreneur.

  • The Happiness Dare

  • Pursuing Your Heart's Deepest, Holiest, and Most Vulnerable Desire
  • By: Jennifer Dukes Lee
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Would you like to be happier? No matter who you are or how you feel, chances are you would answer yes. And Jennifer Dukes Lee was no different. For years, she wrestled with a constant nagging sense that she wasn't as happy as she could be. At the same time, she felt guilty for wanting something so "shallow". After all, doesn't God only care that we find joy in our circumstances? Or is it possible that God really does want us to be happy?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What makes you happy?

  • By Elizabeth on 03-27-17

What makes you happy?

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Would you listen to The Happiness Dare again? Why?

Yes, absolutely! It was very inspiring and made me realize that we all have different happiness motivators, ie I'm a 'thinker' and my husband is a 'doer'. He is genuinely happy while doing things that would drain my energy, like doing housework ( lol). It helped give me permission to accept I need to take ample time to read enlightening books and listen to podcasts or watch documentaries or engage in thought-provoking conversations. For years, I felt like doing this was a form of procrastination ( which it sometimes is haha) and I felt like I was being lazy, but if I don't pursue this I am genuinely unhappy. In fact, when I've been my least happy in life it was because I attempted to fit in and be as 'productive' as possible and totally let go of that which helps me feel like myself.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to make one comment with regards to what I think the book is lacking: there is no 'creative' or artist section. There is a thinker, doer, etc but for some reason, the author doesn't have creativity as one of the driving forces for making a person happy, and I think this really needed to be there. I'm not alone in finding happiness through writing a poem or taking a photo, right?

  • The Daily Stoic

  • 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
  • By: Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman
  • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966

Why have history's greatest minds - from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson along with today's top performers, from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities - embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise. The Daily Stoic offers a daily devotional of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not well made as audio

  • By Andreas on 12-27-16

Very motivational and easy to listen to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, absolutely! I regularly listen to this book at night, prior to going to bed. It makes stoic concepts easy to digest by breaking them down into bite-sized, themed quips that are accompanied by the author's point of view with regards to how to apply them to your own life.

Any additional comments?

Narrator did a great job!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich audiobook cover art
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

  • By: Timothy Ferriss
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,711

The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good, but not that good

  • By Brandon Carlson on 05-11-07

An introduction to lifestyle design

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Would you listen to The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich again? Why?


Any additional comments?

Writing this review is a somewhat significant moment for me as when I first read this book ( many years ago), my family and I were yearning to have more time and to work from home. From literally years of stumbling and failing and attempting to find the right business model and way to market our services, we achieved our dreams. And while we in no way work four hours a week nor have a drop shipping type of business, this book was the start of it all.

Let me explain. In 2008 or so, my husband and I decided we wanted a new life experience and to raise our daughter in Asia, so we packed up our bags and moved to South Korea. This may sound random, but we had been tutoring and hosting exchange students for years, so my husband decided to give teaching in a classroom setting a go.

We loved living in Korea, but the long work hours were practically killing my husband and putting a strain on our marriage. On top of that, I was at home in our apartment with a toddler, and things were just as stressful ( and tiring) as when we were back in Los Angeles. After he finished teaching, we decided to move to Italy, closer to where I grew up.

It was there that I first read 4 Hour Work Week.

I had very little experience in business, but I believed in the concepts Tim discusses in the book, and lifestyle design was EXACTLY what my husband and I wanted; we aren't driven by money, we just want to spend time together as a family and do what we love.

I'd like to tell you that we easily were able to grasp the concepts in 4HWW but sadly it took years of trial and error to find out a biz model that worked for us, and to build our brands and find our Ideal Clients. We only lived in Italy for six months ( so we basically were living the digital nomad life) and moved to Thailand, where we had vacationed on our honeymoon. My husband started teaching again, and I devoted as much time as possible to learning marketing and how to market myself as a freelance writer.

My husband and I have been working from home for about 4 years now and are literally living our dreams. We may not make a ton of money, but again, our goal was and always will be to prioritize spending time together. I've also achieved a huge, huge dream of mine and am now writing for one of the leading travel publications in the world.

What's my point in sharing this?

I was not able to achieve the complete 4HWW and most people aren't, but I was able to use the concepts in the book to succeed. We 'worldschool' our daughter and we follow a lifestyle design and digital nomad style life, in a way ( we travel often in SE Asia). We also took Tim's advice to heart with regards to focusing on goals or experiences other than a set amount of money, ie if you want to fly to Bali and go on a two week vacation, tally up how much that costs and come up with a plan to earn that amount.

Another great book to help you figure out how you can be self-employed or a freelancer is 100 Dollar Start Up. That book is very in depth and features great stories from brick and mortar businesses and a few solopreneurs.

If you value lifestyle design and want to prioritize time spent with loved ones, I also recommend Essentialism.

All of these books and 4HWW won't help you if you don't devote yourself to finding out who you can serve and how, aka finding out the right biz model and ideal client. You will have to do a lot of hard work, but it's so worth it!

  • The Science of the Mind

  • By: Ernest Holmes
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Using creative techniques, Holmes guides the student in easy-to-follow steps toward mastering the powers of the mind to find purpose in life. His explanations of how to pray and meditate, heal oneself spiritually, find self confidence, and express love have helped millions change their lives for the better. The Science of Mind is one of those spiritual classics that belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who wishes a life for themselves free of compulsion and negativity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this book

  • By Cami O. on 03-25-14

A truly life-changing book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-17

I regularly listen to this as well as the radio segments from Ernest Holmes, which are also available on Audible. I actually listen to Holmes every evening, and spend time before bed pondering his teachings on God, man, mind, and freedom. I've come to the conclusion that his teachings ( and that of other New Thought authors and Vedantists too) are the most potent and life-changing of religious philosophies, particularly because they don't go the condemnation/judgement/ karmic route of traditional religions and focus of how we can change our lives simply by changing our thoughts. Another great book to back up this concept is Evolve Your Mind by Dr. Joe dispanzia ( not sure if I spelled his last name correctly but the book is on Audible).

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,474

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

Create because it brings you joy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

What a tremendous book! To be honest, I couldn't get into Eat Pray Love, even though I'm a travel writer living in Asia ( and that grew up in Europe). But I quickly fell in LOVE with Big Magic.

It makes a fantastic audiobook and Gilbert does a great job narrating it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Magic?

Create because you have to, because you feel compelled to. Because it brings you joy. Feel free to create bad art too, because it's your job as an artists to create, and even the bad stuff can be therapeutic and worth something, even if it's just to you.

What did you learn from Big Magic that you would use in your daily life?

I started to write for myself, instead of just for work. It's like I finally gave myself permission to enjoy creating and to do it outside of my freelance work.

  • Walking in This World

  • The Practical Art of Creativity
  • By: Julia Cameron
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Walking in This World picks up where Julia Cameron's best-selling book on the creative process, The Artist's Way, left off to present readers with a second course, part two in an amazing journey toward discovering our human potential. Full of valuable new strategies and techniques for breaking through difficult creative ground, this is the "intermediate level" of the Artist's Way program.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved this book!

  • By Paula on 09-23-14

The power of routine for the creative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-16

What made the experience of listening to Walking in This World the most enjoyable?

This was the first book of Cameron's I've read/listened to all the way through. While we own The Artist's Way, I kept putting it down and focusing on doing the morning pages that are the main focal point of the book, and when I forgot to do them ( which inevitably happened), I never delved back into reading the book.

Walking In This World is a fantastic audiobook that's well-narrated and helps the creative create nourishing, inspiring routines that helps prompt them to create more. The main practice, like the title suggests, is the importance of walking in stimulating ideas. I do this everyday and have done so for years, and can testify that walking for an hour or so has helped me as a writer,blogger, and photographer. I see the world differently when I'm walking, and get ideas for my work and side projects.

But the book goes into more elements than just the importance of walking, and it's actually the perfect book to listen to while you are out for an evening stroll. I would also consider buying it in paperback too because at the end of each chapter Cameron gives questions for you to answer.

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  • Make It Happen

  • Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.
  • By: Lara Casey
  • Narrated by: Lara Casey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

You were created for a purpose, and it's time to make it happen. Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make "it" - a greater purpose than mine - happen, and how you can too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring with a very tactful approach

  • By katharyn725 on 01-26-15

One woman's journey to love & contentment

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Where does Make It Happen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really got into this book, particularly because of how raw it was. The author shares her journey through divorce and overwhelm, and in a way that made me really feel for her and what she's been through, and also relate to parts of it.

Lara goes into the negative impact overworking had on her second marriage and how she began prioritizing spending time with her husband over getting more done. She was so honest in sharing her struggles that it was touching. I think this book is more of a memoir than a self-help style book, but it was nonetheless well-written and worth reading.

What about Lara Casey’s performance did you like?

She did a fantastic job!

  • Simply Tuesday

  • Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World
  • By: Emily P. Freeman
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Our obsession with bigger and faster is spinning us out of control. We move through the week breathless and bustling, just trying to keep up while longing to slow down. But real life happens in the small moments, the kind we find on Tuesday, the most ordinary day of the week.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration

  • By Lisa Collett on 12-18-16

The power of being small

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book really changed my outlook on life! In a world that's obsessed with being more, doing more, and having more, Simply Tuesday asks the reader if more is really going to make us happy. Hint: it won't.

This book isn't about lecturing you on needing to downsize or become a minimalist. It's about relishing the small things, and realizing that one can make an impact while not being super famous or uber successful. She gives a great example of the negative effects of fame and when I listened to that part, it made me re-evaluate how I market my services as an entrepreneur. I decided that I wanted to go the 'less is more' route and totally changed my marketing approach and began focusing on doing what matters most to me.

I enjoyed Simply Tuesday so much that I ordered a hard copy of the book and have already listened to the audiobook twice!

  • Essentialism

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • By: Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: Greg McKeown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,699

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple reads required

  • By Chris on 04-27-14

Powerful, life-changing concept

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Would you listen to Essentialism again? Why?

I liked Essentialism so much that I'm also going to buy a hard copy for reference. I absolutely plan on listening to it again because it's a powerful concept that everyone should be adhering to.

What did you like best about this story?

Essentialism is about doing ( and focusing on) what matters most in your life and biz, and forgetting about the rest. This may sound obvious, but if you have heard about the 80/20 principle or have been alive for some time you'll know it's obvious our society ( especially our work environments) focus on doing pointless tasks, or places an emphasis on things that don't matter that much. Competing with the Joneses, doing as much as possible to feel productive, etc Essentialism plays into lifestyle design, a concept talked about by Tim Ferriss in 4 Hour Workweek. It also helps increase productivity at work.

The book goes into various ways you can find and focus on doing the essentials in your life, and how to prioritize what matters most to you. The author uses examples from his own life too, which I can relate to as my family & I also prioritize spending time together over me ( or my husband) taking on extra work.

Along the same lines, I would recommend also reading Living Forward by Michael Hyatt so you can create a 'Life Plan' and know exactly what you want to accomplish & prioritize in your life ( long term goals) and also Tsh Oxenreider's course Upstream Fieldguide, which goes into simplifying your life so you live holistically and on purpose.