I’m Listening To 100 Audiobooks In 365 Days, Follow Along With Me

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Hey everyone,

So as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been a bit slack when it comes to blogging on my own website.

I love doing “epic” posts and “round ups” and all that long, fun, detailed stuff but to be completely honest, I just don’t have the time to write a 10,000 word behemoth on my own blog anymore (as much as I’d love to).

Am I going to stop blogging?

Hell no.

I’ve decided I’m going to adjust my blogging schedule to shorter (500-1,000) word blog posts and write more frequently on topics that are share-worthy or what I’ve wanted to share for a long time but have been putting off.

But to kick things off, another part of my life which has slowed down a lot is my reading.

I used to read about 2-5 books per month, every month at the beginning of last year.

But now, my book reading has taken the backseat and I hate it (I do still listen to podcasts regularly though).

I’ve been spending more time building playlists in Spotify and less building up the knowledge between my ears, so today I’m starting a new follow along.

My goal is to listen to 100 audiobooks over the next 365 days.

I set this goal because audiobooks are much easier to consume as I have a lot more opportunities to listen to them while I’m driving in the car, travelling etc.

The process of reading has become more of a chore to me (for now) so I’m mixing it up a bit.

One thing I don’t like though is that I can’t note take as easily, and I think retention might be slightly less, but with the efficiency to get through more books and the opportunity to actually listen to them in the first place, it’s a clear winner for me.

What Books Do I Plan On Listening To?

I recently saw Roland Fraiser and then only 1-2 days later Mike Rhodes both post great lists of books they recommend, so I’m merging them together and going to start there.

Both of these gentlemen are great marketers and strategizers in their own right so the books they’ve recommended are right up my alley.

There’s 90 here, with some I’ve already read and there may be double ups too, so I’m leaving space to pick some of my own books towards the end of the goal.

If there’s some I don’t think I’ll read I’ll make a note below and select a new one.

But here are the two lists below I’ll be using:

Roland Fraiser’s 60 Favourite Business Books

  1. Bold by Peter Diamantis
  2. The One Thing – (#8 – Completed)
  3. Zero To One by Peter Thiel – (Currently Reading #9)
  4. Blue Ocean Strategy – (#5 – Completed)
  5. Business Adventures
  6. 22 immutable Laws of Marketing
  7. Maximum Profit In Minimum Time
  8. Happy Brain Chemicals
  9. Power Of Now
  10. Ask And It Is Given
  11. Smarter, Faster, Stronger
  12. Smartcuts (#1 – Completed)
  13. Four Agreements
  14. Scaling Up
  15. Positioning
  16. The Six Month Fix
  17. Dan Sullivan Question
  18. Ask (Already Read)
  19. How Rich People Think
  20. A Passion To Win
  21. Fascinate
  22. Predictable Revenue
  23. The Art Of Membership
  24. Resilience
  25. Drive
  26. Traction
  27. Rich Habits
  28. Hooked
  29. The Boron Letters
  30. Robert Collier Letter Book
  31. Scientific Advertising
  32. James Bond Guide To Cold Reading
  33. 80/20 Sales and Marketing
  34. 22 Immutable Laws of Branding
  35. One Sentence Persuasion Course
  36. ZMOT
  37. Mastery
  38. The Instant Millionaire
  39. The Goal
  40. How To Win Friends & Influence People (Already Read)
  41. I’m Okay, You’re Okay
  42. The 17 Laws of Success
  43. Stop Worrying & Start Living
  44. Unlimited Power
  45. Awaken The Giant Within (#3 – Completed)
  46. The Road Less Traveled
  47. Psychology of Winning
  48. Built To Last
  49. Who Moved My Cheese
  50. Good To Great
  51. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depended On It
  52. Brandwashed
  53. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  54. Influence
  55. Emyth (Already Read)
  56. Baked In
  57. The Dip
  58. How We Decide
  59. The Richest Man In Babylon (Already Read, but want to re-read)
  60. Drilling Down

Mike Rhodes‘ 30 Favourite Business Books

  1. Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
  2. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
  3. Pure Genius : Dan Sullivan’s Lifetime Focusing System for Total Self-mastery
  4. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!
  5. Ogilvy on Advertising
  6. Who
  7. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
  8. Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big
  9. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  10. The Sales Acceleration Formula: Using Data, Technology, and Inbound Selling to go from $0 to $100 Million
  11. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
  12. The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies
  13. Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
  14. Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity
  15. Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) *double up*
  16. Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
  17. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business (#2)
  18. The 40 Hour Work YEAR
  19. The Road to Character
  20. Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be
  21. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
  22. Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  23. Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business
  24. Snapshot – Reading and Treating People Right the First Time
  25. Building a Digital Analytics Organization: Create Value by Integrating Analytical Processes, Technology, and People into Business
  26. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition)
  27. Cash Copy: How to Offer Your Products and Services So Your Prospects Buy Them
  28. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
  29. Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
  30. The Breakthrough Principle of 16x

Stephen’s Additional Reading List

  1. Built To Sell – (#4 Completed)
  2. Ego Is The Enemy – (#6 Completed)
  3. The Perfect Day Formula – (#7 Completed)

So this is where I’ll be starting my journey, I’m not planning on reading these in any order but I’ll bold each book and date the day it was finished being listened to.

For the first time in about a year I’m really looking forward to getting back into the habit of regular listening and reading.

Look out for a couple of podcast episodes where I might share some takeaways on the books as I run through them.

Tip For Audiobooks

A tip I use when I listen to audiobooks is listening to them at x2 speed.

I’ve been listening to podcasts like this for a couple of years now so am very used to the speed while still absorbing what’s being said throughout the episode.

I highly recommend trying it out on podcasts first and building it up to audiobooks and even videos. I actually started doing this back at university for lectures (glad something stuck with me from university, hey?).

Join Me!

If you’re joining me on this reading challenger for 2016/17 then please comment below.

You don’t need to read 100, but if you’re planning on reading some of the books above that I’ve selected from Mike and Roland then comment below and we can continue the conversation.

Look out for updates to this and future micro-content blog posts!

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