Build Successful Work Habits with These 5 Audiobooks

Diligent communication and thoughtful planning are habits that push you forward toward success. But other habits, even ones that may seem harmless, can slowly deteriorate your work ethic and attitude.

Being mindful of your work habits will help you to understand and build on personal strengths and weaknesses. You’ll learn how to consistently highlight your best features while growing from your faults, making you a happier and more successful contributor to your industry.

We know you’re busy, and that changing a habit can seem difficult on your own. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five audiobooks written by professionals to help you build better habits at work. Listen on your commute, while you’re getting groceries, or even at your desk. 

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, narrated by Mike Chamberlain

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear, narrated by James Clear

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

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Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: How to Unlock Your Full Potential for Success and Achievement by Brian Tracy, narrated by Brian Tracy

‘Every line in this book is bursting with truth, wisdom, and power. Brian Tracy is the preeminent authority on showing you how to dramatically improve your life. Let him be your guide. I’ve learned so much from Brian myself that I can’t thank him enough!’
-Robert G. Allen, #1 New York Times bestselling author

‘This book gives you a step-by-step system to transform your thinking about yourself and your potential, enabling you to achieve greater success in every area of your life.’
-Lee Iacocca, Chairman, Lee Iacocca & Associates

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Genius Habit: How One Habit Can Radically Change Your Work and Your Life by Laura Garnett, narrated by Laura Garnett

Combining the most recent and exciting research on productivity and performance with Laura’s experience guiding dozens of high-level clients to the heights of success, The Genius Habit is a must-read for anyone who believes that work can and should be one of the most rewarding aspects of life.

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Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want by Peter Bregman, narrated by Chris Sorensen

Peter Bregman, author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller 18 Minutes, offers strategies to replace energy-wasting, counter-productive habits that commonly derail us with truly effective ones.

The things we want most—peace of mind, fulfilling relationships, to do well at work—are surprisingly straightforward to realize. But too often our best efforts to attain them are built on destructive habits that sabotage us. In Four Seconds, Peter Bregman shows us how to replace negative patterns with energy-boosting and productive behaviors. To thrive in our fast-paced world all it takes is to pause for as few as four seconds—the length of a deep breath—allowing us to make intentional and tactical choices that lead to better outcomes. 

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STAFF PICK: Leadershift by John C. Maxwell

Title: Leadershift
Author: John C. Maxwell
Narrator: John C. Maxwell
Bonus Content Narrators: Rachel HollisTrent SheltonEd Bastian

This one is for all the leaders out there—that does not just entail anyone who runs a company or works in a management position. You may be a leader at home, or among your colleagues. This audiobook really spoke to me about being an effective leader and the strategies to adopt in order to enhance your organization or personal growth. After all, as John mentions, “Everything rises and falls on leadership”.

John C. Maxwell teaches his readers how to shift their leadership style to keep transforming, improving, and influencing others. He uses his own examples and personal stories from his own leadership journey and provides you with practical advice on how to shift your leadership style and how to implement these 11 steps in your daily life. Each step requires you to change your thought process and actions which will ultimately lead you to be successful in a fast-paced world that is constantly evolving. You need to be a role model before you can expect change from others. After all, positive behavior is contagious and people will want to follow in those footsteps once they see positive changes in your leadership style.

John narrates this audiobook himself which engages you with his strong, encouraging, and confident voice. His narrating style is speaking to you as a friend, giving you tips on how to improve your leadership skills. He is such a genuine person and it really comes across at the end of the chapters when he has a little giggle and even tells you at points how much he loves narrating his books. The bonus features from a conference with Rachel Hollis, Trent Shelton and Ed Bastian were a nice added touch to learn from some of his “students” he has teamed up with who he has mentored in one way or another.

John C. Maxwell is very passionate about sharing his knowledge about leadership and giving us the tools we need to be more successful in how we manage situations in a leadership role. He is such a great leader and really makes you want to learn from his wealth of knowledge on the topic.

I personally strive to be a better leader in a lot of aspects in my life, especially in a work environment. This book has just added so many more tools in my toolbox and I cannot wait to listen to more of his audiobooks. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is currently in a leadership role or to anyone who wants to become a leader in the future or at home. Do not forget, “Tomorrow is ours to win or lose” – John C. Maxwell. If you enjoyed this book, you will also want to check out his other books, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, No Limits, and Developing the Leader Within You 2.0.

Publisher Summary:

Internationally recognized leadership expert John C. Maxwell teaches listeners how to shift their leadership to keep innovating, improving, and influencing others in today’s fast-paced world. BONUS CONTENT: Hear #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hollis, Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastion, and motivational speaker and former NFL player Trent Shelton share their most significant “leadershifts” with John.

Change happens so rapidly today that leaders must be nimble and ready to adapt. Otherwise, they won’t survive. International leadership expert John Maxwell says, the key is to learn how to “leadershift.”

In Leadershift, John C. Maxwell helps listeners make leadership changes that will positively enhance their organizational and personal growth. He does this by sharing the 11 shifts he made over the course of his long and successful leadership career. Each shift changed his trajectory and set him up for new and exciting achievements, strengthening and sustaining his leadership abilities and making him the admired leadership expert he is today.

Among those leadershifts are “the Adaptive Shift from Plan A to Option A,” “the Production Shift from Ladder Climbing to Ladder Building,” and “the Influence Shift from Positional Authority to Moral Authority.” Maxwell gives specific guidance about how to make these shifts in their own lives. Each one requires them to change the way they think, act, and ultimately lead so they can be successful in a world that never remains the same.

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6 Audiobooks for Budding Entrepreneurs

Get answers and inspiration to help kick-start your start-up.


1. You Are A Mogul by Tiffany Pham, narrated by Tiffany Pham

You Are A Mogul

As the founder of Mogul—praised by Sheryl Sandberg as the #1 millennial platform — Tiffany Pham created a global technology and media empire by the age of 27. As living proof that the old rules of success no longer apply, Tiffany writes the new rules for following your passions and forging your own path in an age of disruption.
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2. The New Science of Radical Innovation by Sunnie Giles, narrated by Janet Metzger

The New Science of Radical Innovation

Discover a groundbreaking, science-based approach to leadership that generates radical innovation for dramatic and permanent results. Today’s business arena is undergoing a revolutionary transformation, equivalent in impact to the Industrial Revolution. While most traditional companies are still built for the old-world economy, the companies that thrive today enter the market with a new approach.
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3. Dear Founder by Maynard Webb and Carlye Adler, narrated by Chris Ciulla

Dear Founder

More than 600,000 new businesses are launched each year. How can a start-up find the funding it needs to survive? How does an entrepreneur build and manage a workplace and create a lasting legacy? Maynard Webb has helped found, fund, and grow dozens of successful companies. Now, he’s sharing his lessons with aspiring entrepreneurs, at any age and stage in their careers.
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4. Influencer by Brittany Hennessy, narrated by Brittany Hennessy


If you’ve ever scrolled through your Instagram feed and thought, ‘Why can’t someone pay me to live my best life?’ this audiobook is for you. Every influencer started with zero followers and had to mistakes to get where they are today, earning more money each year than their parents made in the last decade. But to be a top creator, you need to understand the strategies behind the Insta-lifestyle.
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5. Big Ideas for Small Businesses by John Lamerton, narrated by John Lamerton

Big Ideas for Small Businesses

Struggling to find marketing ideas for your business? Do you find traditional business books uninspiring? Former civil servant John Lamerton has run more than 60 small businesses, making millions of dollars and mistakes along the way. This is a collection of the lessons and successes he uses to mentor small business owners, teaching them to think bigger and design their business around the lifestyle they want.
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6. A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs by Tren Griffin, narrated by Steven Jay Cohen

A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs

With insight and verve, Tren Griffin argues that venture capital is a service business that depends hugely on “human factors.” He suggests that these investors succeeded because of their sense of hustle, keen judgment, hard work, and good luck. But most of all, they share a deep love of building businesses that goes beyond financial considerations.
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