'The Pema Chodron Audio Collection' by Pema Chodron
Pema Chodron is an American-born Buddhist nun who runs a monastery in Nova Scotia.
She learned from the late Tibetan monk Chogyam Trungpa, whose teachings Godin said can be summarized by the following: "We are falling, falling, with nothing to hold onto and nothing to slow us down. The good news is there is no ground to land on."
Legendary musician Patti Smith's 2010 book "Just Kids" won the National Book Award, and Godin told Ferriss he considers the audiobook version, which she narrates, to be the best one he's ever listened to.
It tells the story of her and her best friend, the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, as they made their way through New York City in the 1960s and '70s.
"It is not going to change the way you do business, but it might change the way you live," Godin said. "It's about love and loss and art. It's about non-confidence and confidence. And it's mostly about having a best friend. It's magic."
David Graeber, an academic and activist who was one of the early leaders of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, has an unorthodox theory that debt was the catalyst for the creation of currency, and Godin found it "mind-blowing."
Godin likes the audio version because he found repeated listens helped him digest the material.
He's not about to join the Occupy movement, he said, but he "found it completely rewired the way [he] thought the world worked."