Welcome to Your Next Addiction: Audiobooks

Whilst we all love a good business book, we don’t always have the time to sit down and read them. As business professionals, it can be difficult enough to get through your daily workload that when it comes to some down time you may not have the mental energy to do more reading. Enter audiobooks – making your daily commute a million times better.

Now we’re not claiming that this is a new phenomenon, audiobooks have been around since audiotapes! However, we feel they are under-utilised and need to be shown the love they deserve. Podcasts (AKA the gateway drug), have become a big trend in recent years which has no doubt increased audiobooks’ popularity, yet there are still many who have yet to join the movement.

Multi-tasking at its best, with audiobooks you can listen to the latest success story or business guidance while you work, commute, clean, cook or simply relax. Want to give it a try? We’ve compiled a list below of five of our recent favourites for you to get started with and if audiobooks simply aren’t your thing, these beauties come in hardback also.

1. Angel:
How to Invest in Technology Startups – Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000

Over the past twenty-five years, Jason Calacanis has made a fortune investing in creators, as well as spotting and helping build a number of successful technology startups, some of which have earned him tens of millions of dollars.

This audiobook works two-fold, get inside the minds of angel investors; learn how they think and know what they want. Additionally, if you’re an aspiring investor you’ll find this book very insightful; Calacanis takes you step-by-step through his proven method of getting massively wealthy results. Read by Jason himself (an added bonus as his personality excels in this format), this audiobook will both inspire and educate you, learn how leading investors evaluate their decisions and how startups can leverage their relationships with angels in order to gain best results.

2. Shoe Dog :
A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

‘A refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like … It’s an amazing tale’ Bill Gates

Recognised as a ‘gifted storyteller’, Phil Knight, Co-Founder and former CEO of Nike, tells the surprisingly riveting tale of the company’s early days as a startup and its evolution into becoming one of the most recognisable, game-changing brands to date.  Instead of taking us through every detail of the Nike journey, Knight focuses on just 18 years of his life, from where it all began in 1962, to when Nike first went public in 1980. What’s most refreshing about this book is how it isn’t an ego-gratifying display but rather told in a very down-to-earth and almost self-deprecating manner, granting us a 360° view into both the professional and personal life of an incredibly successful entrepreneur. This is a fascinating listen (or read) for anyone looking to set-up their own business or for those who already have.

3. The Hard Thing About Hard Things:
Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

The Hard Thing About Hard Things is jam-packed with brutally honest wisdom that anyone working in a startup (whether you’re the founder or employee), will find incredibly useful. This is another straight-talking book that’s full of humour and even has rap lyrics along the way, always a bonus!

Ben Horowitz is one of Silicon Valley’s most experienced and respected entrepreneurs. Horowitz shares valuable advice on building a startup from the ground up, walking us through all of the difficult times along the way. Whilst starting a business is inspiring, exciting and incredibly satisfying, Horowitz drills home that at the end of the day it really is hard and you have to be prepared for that. Not only will you get an insightful account of his journey but the second half of the book gives CEOs and leaders advice on how to recruit, motivate, train, and even fire employees. A must read.

4. Business For Punks
Break all the rules – The Brewdog Way

Plastered across the back of this book is the mantra: “Don’t waste your time on b******t business plans. Forget sales, ignore advice. Put everything on the line for what you believe in.” – Now that’ll give you a taste of what you’re in for.

Written by James Watt, co-founder of the craft beer company BrewDog, this book is a business bible for a new generation. Told with plenty of humour, Watt has a habit of going against the norm and thriving on his own terms – and rightly so! The BrewDog story is an incredible one, starting out as just two young Scots with a mere £30,000 they managed to create a multi-million dollar business and are the world’s fastest-growing drinks brand.

“We reject the status quo,” writes Watt. “We are passionate, we don’t give a damn and we always do something which is true to ourselves. Our approach has been anti-authoritarian and non-conformist from the word go.” A great read or listen for anyone looking for something a little different and refreshing.

5. The Power of Habit:
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

“Few [books] become essential manuals for business and living. The Power of Habit is an exception. Charles Duhigg not only explains how habits are formed but how to kick bad ones and hang on to the good.”Financial Times

Everyone should give this book a listen. Duhigg lends a compelling argument in how habits rule us which is both thought-provoking and extremely fascinating. We are all guilty of it which is why anyone and everyone will find themselves rethinking not only their business or working lives but their day-to-day lives also! Learn how to break bad habits and formulate new and far more productive ones. There is an impressive amount of research to back Duhigg’s arguments which are told with the perfect balance of intellectual seriousness and practical advice.

Organisation is key when running any business and fortunately for us, there’s an abundance of very helpful online tools that can be used to help keep us in line. Some of the tools and apps listed are great for personal organisation however there are also a number that are ideal for teams both big and small.

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