The first time I read this business book, I couldn’t get past taking it personally. I was just at the beginning of my marriage breakdown - and after all, the title of the book says it all. It was a wonderful realisation that my business, my health, my relationships - I handle them all the same way. And maybe that wasn’t the best way. This book helps you learn what your method for everything really is … and it’s not for the purpose of “solving” that, but for you to become aware of it, familiar with its strengths and weaknesses, and learning how to best leverage it for optimum results.
Grow a Pair - Larry Winget
If you don’t respond well to getting truth-slapped in the face, Winget isn’t the guy for you. But if you do, this is the best way to have it done. Laugh-out-loud funny, and deeply motivational. Everything he says makes you think “of course”. And even when he is smacking you down with truth, I found myself thinking “shit, Larry, you’re so right”.
Your Success Is Your Own Fault - Larry Winget
Prepare to get your butt kicked by Larry! “If your life sucks it’s because you suck”.
Science of Getting Rich - Wallace D. Wattles
This book wasn’t a recommendation, it was a rave. My take on it was kinda “meh”.
Ultimate Secret of Getting Absolutely Everything You Want - Mike Hernacki
A quick read that is full of reassuringly familiar ideas. There is a lot of logic in what Hernacki has to say, and enough motivation to get you moving.
Yes Please - Amy Poehler
Brilliantly funny and fun. I couldn’t put it down. Amy shows that when you love what you do, there are no limits.
Two Lifestyles One Lifetime - Les Leventhal
Interesting and quick read, it was a great way to get back in touch with my drive to improve.
The Gifts of Imperfection - Brene Brown
This one sat on my bedside table for nearly a year - I wish I had cracked it open months and months ago. It’s a simple read, but full of the wisdom of a highly accomplished researcher. I feel lighter just from reading it, and the learnings are so actionable it almost seems too easy.
Steal Like an Artist
Buy this and read it often - we all need the reminders in this book.
Me - Ricky Martin
What a guy, what an inspiration. Aside from deciding that Ricky and I could really be great friends, I also took from this the empowering message that it doesn’t all have to happen at once. And that having a great life isn’t dependant on having it all figured out already. So often I read books of people who are so “far ahead” in their lives while being younger than me. It was refreshing and inspiring that Ricky Martin has taken time to come to his bliss in certain areas of his life - and that he’s perfectly ok with that.
It’s Not How Good You Are It’s How Good You Want To Be
Add this to your medicine pile to give you back your mojo if it ever goes missing.
Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham
Fun read. Didn’t get a lot of insight, but it was an enjoyable book.
#GIRLBOSS - Sophia Amoruso
I love that Sophia seems to almost be writing a call to arms - “come on girls, we can all do this”. She shows once again that the important thing is to do - you don’t have to be the smartest, the richest, the prettiest, you just have to be the one that keeps on doing it.
Screw It Lets Do It - Richard Branson
Meh - read it all before. If you haven’t read “Like a Virgin” and the thickness of it intimidates you, then this is a good taster version for Sir Branson.
iSteve - Steve Jobs
I’ve read more interesting BuzzFeeds.
Lean In - Sheryl Sandburg
This will wake up your inner feminist. It was very powerful for me, for reminding me that I don’t just do things for me, I do them for others as well.
Thrive - Arianna Huffington
I listened to this one on audiobook during my road trip, and I think that was the perfect way to consume Huffington’s words. To be honest, if I’d been reading the book I probably wouldn’t have made it through - she has a tendency to over-explain and over-support her points. Saying that, they are wonderful points and this is a great book … just slightly laborious.
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
You could take this as the ultimate excuse to never achieve anything (“well its beyond my control, so what’s the point?”) or a kick in the pants to ensure you never, ever, waste an opportunity.
Mud, Sweat and Tears - Bear Grylls
I was expecting this to be an entertaining read. I wasn’t expecting to be in tears and utterly fired up. Your dreams don’t have to be remotely near those of Grylls to get something out of his motivational mindset.
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
I was recommended to read Sedaris’ work by a rave review. I guess he’s funny … but not that amazing for me. Although this did crack me up: “She [Sedaris’s grandmother] was a small and private woman named Billie,and though she never came right out and asked, I had the distinct impression she had no idea who I was.”
The Richest Man In Babylon - George Samuel Clason
Pretty sure this is one everyone needs to read at one point or another. It makes sense, and it’s great advice. If you didn’t get it the first time, it retells the same advice many ways with different stories. Didn’t feel like it was anything new for me to learn, and for a small book it ended up a long slog for me.
Raising Unicorns - Jessica S Marquis
I bought this simply because I couldn’t walk away from it. So glad I did - laugh out loud funny, but also a cleverly disguised business manual. Loved it.
Down the Rabbit Hole - Holly Madison
I bought this to be a “smash it out” book, to get my reading momentum back. Which worked, but it was also a really timely read for me:
“Marriage and family are certainly beautiful parts of life, but I believe those things can truly be appreciated only when we find, love and respect ourselves first”. Amen to that.
Smoke drink pass out - Judith Lucy
An awesome read if you ever felt that “the whole spirituality thing” is out of your grasp. If Judith Lucy can find her zen, so can you.
You're never weird on the Internet (Almost) - Felicia Day
If her writing it wasn’t enough to make this a must read, the forward by Joss Whedon sealed the deal. Such a great read. Felicia was a weirdo, an outcast, and she managed to find her passion and then turn it into her work. For me, very inspirational.
The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
Great book for business, but also just for taking a moment to think about why you do what you do.
Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert
Such a great reminder to keep being exactly myself. And a brilliant inspiration to get back into the things that light me up.
Happiness Is … 500 things to be happy about - Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar
So much fun! A wonderful reminder to keep around the house, and it would also be a really lovely gift for someone you care about.
Walk Tall - Anthony Gunn
Psychology-lite, this little gift-type book did include some great advice, but it wasn’t backed up by anything so felt more like platitudes. I think that only the fact that I have read other books that go into the details of what Gunn is talking about kept me reading.
People Tools - Alan C. Fox
In the final tool of his book, Fox writes “I hope that this book has expanded your vision, that you will see doors where your sight has been blocked by walls, and that you will know the comfort of partitions where before you have been nakedly exposed to open space...In short I hope that this book has awakened your mind and heart to alternatives”. I honestly think that about sums up my experience of this book.
What did you read this year? Are you a paper-book person, an e-book person, or are you all about the audio books? I'd love to know what and how you're reading - let me know in the comments below!
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