My Top 10 Audiobooks about self-development, business and motivation on Audible


I have always been a bookworm and I have always liked to read a lot. I still do to this day, but lately, I find that I just don’t have the time- especially in day-to-day life. A year ago I finally discovered audiobooks, and since then I listen to them every day. Whether while cleaning, cooking, traveling, while falling asleep, while working, exercising, or in the bathtub- listening to audiobooks has become a part of my daily routine and I don’t ever want to do without it anymore.

Especially books on the topic of self-development have been on my list for the past several months, and today I’d like to share my Top 10 with you all. As a side note, you can also try Audible out for free with their 30-day free trial. On their website, you’ll find a huge assortment of audio books under many different categories. With my monthly subscription, I can download one or two every month and listen to them directly from the app.

I am curious to hear if you all have already heard of one or two of the audiobooks on my list! Do you also like to listen to audiobooks? Which is your favorite?

My Top 10 Audiobooks: self-development, business, and motivation


The Big Five for Life – John Strelecky

The Big Five for Life is about Joe, an unsatisfied employee who meets a businessman named Thomas by happenstance. Thomas becomes his mentor and shares his life philosophy and the secrets to his success. One of the secrets to his success is the Big Five for Life. These are 5 goals that everyone should try to reach in his or her lifetime.

In this audiobook it is also about so much more than just that: the story is about interpersonal relationships, love, respect, dreams, hopes, and how these things are best defined.

The Big Five for Life is very inspiring and really makes you think, while at the same time motivating you to come up with your own Big Five for Life and to follow through with it.



The 4-Hour Work Week – Timothy Feriss

The 4-Hour Work Week is about the story of Timothy Feriss, a young entrepreneur who used to work 80 hours a week and couldn’t stop. A classic workaholic who had everything, but still wasn’t happy. The book is a blend of a biography, guide, and workbook. In a time of doubt, Timothy Feriss found MBA – Management by Absence. Since then, he has turned his life around by 180 degrees. He is happier, freer, and is able to celebrate his financial success. In this book Feriss provides interesting food for thought, interesting activities and useful tips. I could read and hear this book over and over again because it has so many important tips for life and for the professional career that you really can’t ingrain enough.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle

I am not exaggerating: this book changed my life and positively turned it upside down. I have both read and listened to this book, and I am listening to it again at the moment. It is hard to put into words what kind of effect this book has on you. To understand what I mean, you just have to listen to it yourself. But believe me when I tell you that this book has so many surprises and so many interesting perspectives, that your pragmatic approaches will be totally thrown overboard after listening, and you will consider things that you have never thought about before.

This book has totally changed my thought structure, and I feel so much more at ease with myself and live more in the present, freer and just very aware of the current moment.



The Gifts of Imperfection – Brené Brown

Brené Brown is one of my favorite authors, and The Gifts of Imperfection is also one of many favorites. As you might have guessed from the title, this audiobook is about imperfection and why imperfections are a gift rather than a burden. Chapter by chapter, she works her way through topics that are especially difficult and sensitive for women, and also shares personal experiences from her life.

This audiobook is for everyone who finally wants to learn to love themselves and to be able to view perfection from another perspective. In the end it is our rough edges that make us human and that connect us with others. Brené Brown explains with a lot of humor and refreshing words, how important it is that we recognize that we are great as we are and that perfectionism only alienates us.

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is most well-known for her book Eat, Pray, Love. Big Magic is actually my favorite of all of her work. The author narrates about the ups and downs of her life and how she brought herself back up from her phases of being down, how she finds creativity and inspiration, and how she follows her dreams.

It is a very honest book that helps to understand what creativity even means, what inhibits her, and what stimulates her. I especially liked the humorous way that she told her story. The audiobook is available in German and in English.



The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

This audiobook is available in English as well as in German. The author Gretchen Rubin worked out a plan for herself where she chooses a specific thing to work on each month in different areas of her life: family, friendships, love, money, occupation, body, etc. In “The Happiness Project” she explains chapter for chapter how she decided which tasks to adopt, what she learned from each of the months, and how you can change your life in positive ways.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie is definitely one of my favorite authors when it comes to communication, motivation and positive thinking. I have read and listened to several books of his and can really recommend his work. He was a well-known American communication and motivational trainer and his books are also centered on these topics. They are motivational, positive, and full of “aha” moments.

In “The Happiness Project” he tells many short stories about himself and about his students and customers. You can always learn something from them, and at the end of each chapter there are little assignments that challenge you to incorporate little things into your daily life in order to live more worry and carefree.



Rising Strong – Brené Brown

Another one of my favorite books by Brené Brown! “Rising Strong” is about the inner strength that is hidden inside all of us. With many examples from her own life and development process, she writes about the fact that inner strength grows from losses, not wins. It’s that first fall that makes room for inner growth and that brings us hope and a deeper purpose in life.

You are a Badass! – Jen Sincero

5 things that I took away from this audiobook: Don’t compare yourself to others, trust your intuition, live in the moment, allow love into your life, and most importantly: love yourself.

Even though these topics may be deeper, this audiobook is extremely funny and cleaver.

My favorite quote: “Our fantasies are our realities in an excuse-free world”. The audiobook is available in German as well as English.



The Universe has your back – Gabrielle Bernstein

I am currently listening to this audiobook and it already has a place among my favorites. The voice of the author is very pleasant and easy to understand. Gabrielle Bernstein tells the story of her life and lets us in on her fears and how she learned to live more at ease and carefree.

I hope that you all liked my Top 10. Are you already registered at Audible? What are your favorite audiobooks?

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  • Reply
    20. July 2017 at 9:50

    Oh die Brené Brown Version klingt super, werde ich mich heute Abend gleich mal reinhören:)

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    Ewa Macherowska
    26. July 2017 at 16:58

    Great post hun! x

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    14. August 2017 at 13:16

    ich liebe bücher! Leider komme ich in letzter zeit immer weniger zum lesen! Ich habe seit ein paar monaten podcasts für mich entdeckt und finde die sache mit den hörbüchern echt gut! Ich liebe ja die eckahart tolle kolumnen in der Happinez – wusste gar nciht dass der auch bücher schreibt. Da hör ich auf jeden fall mal rein!

    xx Franzi

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      14. August 2017 at 13:20

      Hi liebe Franzi!! Ja das geht mir auch so- Podcasts und Hörbücher mag ich momentan auch total gerne:) Das mit den Kolumnen ist ja lustig- das wusste ich gar nicht. Dann musst du dir unbedingt mal seine Bücher anschauen (besonders Neue Erde und Jetzt! Die Kraft der Gegenwart) und ich werde mal nach seinen Kolumnen schauen 🙂 Danke für den Tipp!