Often, a fancy university degree means jack squat when compared to the titillating knowledge that you can learn from great non-fiction authors. I mean, degrees are sweet and all, but lifelong learning is where it’s at!

Each one of these books has had a profound impact on my life : on the way I view the world, work in the world, and even eat in the world. It’s a pleasure to share these, my secret weapons to unlock your true potential!

(Note: Every book title is a non-affiliate link to the Amazon store)

1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

So, you think you have control over your own actions? Think again. Well, actually, you can have control over your actions if you accept that most of them are triggered by that dirty little insect called habit.

2. Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

This lovely read taught me that blue is optimal for creative genius. So are showers and big cities. Sold! I’ll buy my plane ticket to NYC once I make soul-filling money after reading the next book on this list…

3. The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms by Danielle LaPorte

Holy smokes. Danielle LaPorte’s sermons have become my spiritual Bible. I’ve read it once, and I now read a little passage every night before going to bed. Praise the gods and goddesses above that this book exists!

4. Crazy, Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean it! by Kris Carr

A gal pal of Danielle LaPorte’s, Kris Karr has spent a decade researching the healthiest lifestyle choices. She became motivated to do so after a more-than-scary cancer diagnosis in 2003. This one-time sick chick has stopped her cancer in it’s tracks and wants to help you not only prevent chronic disease, but use your diet to feel truly ALIVE.

5. Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment, by Dr. Wayne Dyer

Dr. Dyer has written at least a bajillion books. They’re all amazing, I’m sure. But, I happened to find this one in my mom’s basement one day and read it cover to cover in one sitting. Forget 60 days – you’ll feel enlightened upon opening the front cover! Genius. Genius. Genius.

6. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

You might have a good life: a job, a nice family, opportunities to travel. But are you really enjoying this one-time-opportunity that they call life? For Gretchen, the answer was “not enough”. If you haven’t heard of this adorable book, you’re probably living under a rock somewhere.

7. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Life Changing. Mind-blowing. Phenomenal. I mean, unless you want to live like a zombie, this book is required reading for LIFE 101. Stop whatever you’re doing and get on it to reach your true potential.

8. My Reality Check Bounced by Jason Ryan Dorsey

For all of you twenty somethings out there, Mr. Dorsey is your man! I stumbled on this book in the library and thought, “funny title!” That was two years ago and I can now say that this book helped me to define the direction of my life.

9. A Primer in Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson, PhD

Dr. Chris Peterson is one of the Messiahs of the growing field of positive psychology. I mean, he wrote the book on it, for crying out loud. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Peterson in his office, and he is truly as delightful of a person as a positive psychologist should be!

10. Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano

Author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano crafted-up this book (her third masterpiece) to inspire women to become classy little vixens in the workplace. She should know, after all. Madame Mireille was C.E.O. of the world-famous champagne company, Veuve Cliquot.

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