Winter can be tough at the best of times, but just because you’re feeling tired and uninspired doesn’t mean your workflow stops. Figuring out how to stay productive when all you want to do is stay in bed is essential.
If you’re struggling toward the next breakthrough but aren’t sure how you’ll make it the rest of the way, listening to stories about personal success from business leaders who have gone before you is one way to get over the hump.
To that end, here are three podcasts and audiobooks that can help get the creative juices flowing and reconnect with the ambition and passion that got you into business in the first place.
1. The Revisionaries by Michele Romanow
Most of us grew up being told that if we just worked hard enough, success would come. But when you encounter failure again and again — especially when watching those around you advance without apparent effort — it can be hard to retain hope that we you have what it takes to make it.
However, as Canadian serial entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den mogul Michele Romanow shows in her new podcast The Revisionaries, even the most successful people often experience years of failure before achieving their break out moment. Listening to their stories won’t just make you feel less alone, it can also give you the insights you need to generate a breakthrough of your own.
2. Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
For most people, negotiation is an anxiety-inducing experience. How do you know how to get the outcome you want without being rude? Will you seem pushy if you ask for too much? Will you be taken advantage of if you don’t ask for enough?
No one knows as much about the nuances of negotiation as Chris Voss, former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI, and in Never Split the Difference he shares what he has learned over his long career. If you want to get better at advocating for yourself, this is one title you won’t want to miss.
3. Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? by Seth Godin
Seth Godin is one of the most prolific and sensitive business commentators on the planet, and his new audiobook Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? distills decades of wisdom about what makes ventures succeed and fail, and how entrepreneurs can handle the ups and downs they can expect to encounter along their journey to success.
Not only is it one of the most insightful business and career audiobooks of the year, but it is also an incredibly entertaining listen, so if you are looking for something that will help you start your workday in a good mood, Godin’s wit, and wisdom cannot be beat.
Creativity never happens in a vacuum, and if you’re having a hard time staying on task and your thoughts just can’t seem to stop wandering, one of the best things you can do is simply take a break and listen to something that will help get you motivated again.
By offering inspiring stories and practical tips, business audiobooks are a great way to spark that elusive “eureka!” moment.