“It is what you read when you don’t have to
that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
~ Oscar Wilde
If I could eat books, I’d have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Saying that I love to read would be an understatement. I LOVE it.
Below are some of the books that struck a chord.
Books that inspired me. Books that comforted me.
Books that gently pushed me. Or brutally swept the carpet from under my feet.
Books that made me see things from a different perspective. Books that made go “Aha”. Or that took a little more time to digest.
Books that I embraced completely. Books that I just took bits and pieces from.
Books that made me laugh. Books that made me think.
Books that propelled me into action.
Books that confirmed my view. Or that made me experiment with some of their concepts.
Books that I still pick up today to flip through.
I also added in some inspiring videos below.
On exploring what a rich, meaningful, purposeful life means to you:
- Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live – Martha Beck
- Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life, No Matter What! – Martha Beck
- The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life – Martha Beck
- The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything – Ken Robinson
- Now, Discover Your Strengths – Marcus Buckingham
On how thoughts make us do the things we do:
- Self Coaching 101 – Brooke Castillo
- It Was Always Meant to Happen That Way – Brooke Castillo
- Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life – Byron Katie
- The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living – Russ Harris
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brené Brown
- I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power – Brené Brown
On becoming great at what you do through the struggle and resistance:
- The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. – Dan Coyle
- Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – Steven Pressfield
- Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers
On being a leader:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? – Seth Godin
On the process of change:
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard – Chip and Dan Heath
On the here and now:
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle
- My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey – Jill Bolte Taylor
- The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want – Sonja Lyubomirsky
- Be Happy!: Release the Power of Happiness in YOU – Robert Holden
- Success Intelligence: Essential Lessons and Practices from the World’s Leading Coaching Program on Authentic Success – Robert Holden
- The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom – Jonathan Haidt
On communicating authentically and respectfully:
- Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life – Marshall Rosenberg
A critical view on selfhelp:
Brené Brown on the power of vulnerability
Jill Bolte Taylor on her stroke of insight
Benjamin Zander on music, passion and leadership
Steve Jobs on how to live your life instead of someone else’s
JK Rowling on the fringe benefits of failure and hitting rock bottom
Oprah on learning from life
Neil Pasricha on how big the little moments of awesomeness in life really are
Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire – it all starts with their why
* The links above are Amazon affiliate links, generating a small commission that I use to do even more cool work at Own Your Life Coaching.
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