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Book Recommendations

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

I thought i knew it all.....till i started reading:

Many (many) years ago i decided to go all in on personal development.

I was frustrated

I knew i wasn't living my true potential

I was living my life on terms other than my own.

I came across the 4 stages of competence which enlightened me, drove a desire to make a change and take the path to "become the best version of myself". I knew there was so much i "didn't know - i didn't know" and a habit of the highly successful was to read and hence i spend many hours reading books or listening to audio books.

Here is a selection of those that i highly recommend and will read again in the years ahead.

Let me know any that you highly recommend.


FYI: 4 stage of competence: Unconscious incompetence (Ignorance), Conscious incompetence (Awareness), Conscious competence (Learning), Unconscious competence (Mastery)


  1. Focus & Productivity

  2. Leadership & Mindset

  3. Spiritual & Thought Provoking

  4. General

1. Focus &Productivity

>> Atomic Habits : Link:

[Would be in my Top 10 of all time - Must Read!]

Transform your life with tiny changes in behaviour starting now.

People think when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call.

He calls them atomic habits.


>> The Chimp Paradox:

The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness

The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Prof Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can:

- Recognise how your mind is working

- Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts

- Manage yourself and become the person you would like to be


>> The Untethered Soul:

The Journey Beyond Yourself

Who are you? When you start to explore this question, you find out how elusive it really is.

Are you a physical body? A collection of experiences and memories? A partner to relationships?

Each time you consider aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more you than any of these can define. In this book, spiritual teacher Michael Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves and the world around us. Link:

>> The Alchemist:

A Fable About Following Your Dream

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book – a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life’s path and, above all, follow your dreams.


>> Shoe Dog :

A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the boot of his Plymouth, Knight grossed $8000 in his first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion.

But Knight,the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, he tells his story.


>> I Can't Make This Up:

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. You have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys.


>> Blue Ocean Strategy:

Named by Fast Company as one of the most influential leadership books in its Hall of Fame.

Recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written, BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY, now updated with fresh content from the authors, argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool.

Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating "blue oceans"--untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.


>> You Are A Badass:

How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life


Helping you to: - Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want - Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW - Make some damn money already. The kind you've never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.


>> Outliers:

Why do some people achieve so much more than others?

Can they lie so far out of the ordinary? Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to scientific geniuses to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and inspiring, than we ever imagined.


>> Grit:

Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success

In this must-read for anyone seeking to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth takes us on an eye-opening journey to discover the true qualities that lead to outstanding achievement.

Winningly personal, insightful and powerful,Gritis a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that – not talent or luck – makes all the difference.


>> Mindset:

Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea-the power of our mindset.

Dweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset.

She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success.


>> Conversations With God:

Neal Donald Walsch was experiencing a low period in his life when he decided to write a letter to God, venting his frustrations.

What he did not expect was a response.

As he finished his letter, he was moved to continue writing - and out came extraordinary answers to his questions.

This work presents the answers that Walsch received, helping him to change himself, his life and the way he viewed other beings.


>> Psycho Cybernetics:

The classic work of the human potential movement has been updated and expanded to introduce a new generation of readers to the original science of self-improvement.

Cybernetics (loosely translated from the Greek): a helmsman who steers his ship to port. Psycho-Cybernetics is a term coined by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, which means, steering your mind to a productive, useful goal so you can reach the greatest port in the world, peace of mind.


>> Mans Search For Meaning:

The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust

A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience.

He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances.


>> The Slight Edge:

The Slight Edge is a way of thinking, a way of processing information that enables you to make the daily choices that will lead you to the success and happiness you desire.

Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue


Think & Grow Rich:

The All-Time Masterpiece on Unlocking Your Potential

THINK AND GROW RICH! explains entrepreneur Andrew Carnegie's secret to success, revealed to Napoleon Hill during private interviews with Carnegie, the richest man of his time and during more than 20 years of research into the lives and philosophies of more than 500 of the most successful people in America.

This timeless classic presents a systematic nuts-and-bolts approach to developing the skills and mindset required to achieve exceptional success in any field or endeavour, personal or professional.

Hill explains in detail 13 steps required to achieve those goals.


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