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100 Best Business, Coaching, Wealth, Health & Self Development Books

100 Best Business, Coaching, Wealth, Health & Self Development Books

If you’re anything like me, you like reading (a lot). It started when I was young, I found solace in reading, new ideas and inspiration. As Petrarch, said over 700 years ago, “books give delight to the very marrow of one’s bones.” My entire career as a teacher is devoted to learning and growth and as a result I am privileged to be able to have the time to read so many wonderful books. For me reading is a way of life, my books are my friends, mentors and business partners. The list below are some of my favourite books which have shaped my mindset and changed my life, I hope they do for you also.

Business/ Marketing Reading

1. Six months to six figures – Peter Voogd
2. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way -Richard Branson
3. Turning Pro – Steven Pressfield
4. The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
5. Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook – Gary Vaynerchuk
6. Facebook Marketing for Dummies – Amy Porterfield, Phyllis Khare, Andrea Vahl
7. No Thanks I’m Just Looking – The Friedman Group
8. Sales Techniques, – William T. Brooks
9. Selling with Integrity – Sharon Drew Morgan
10. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert B Cialdini Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
11. Priceless – William Poundstone
12. Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne
13. Contagious, Why Things Catch on – Jonah Berger
14. Elon Musk, How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping Our Future – Ashlee Vance
15. Positioning, The Battle for Your Mind – Al Ries, Jack Trout
16. You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar, Sandler Training’s 7-Step System for
Successful Selling – Mr. David Sandler, David Mattson
17. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich -Timothy Ferriss
18. Stop Chasing Influencers: The True Path To Building Your Business and Living Your Dream – Kimanzi Constable, Jared Easley
19. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg
20. #GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso
21. Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High -Kerry Patterson
22. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In – Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, Bruce Patton

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Wealth Reading

23. The Little Money Bible – Stuart Wilde
24. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
25. Overcoming Under Earning  Barbara Stanny
26. E3 – Pam Grout
27. Money: A Love Story – Kate Northrup
28. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
29. The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson
30. When She Makes More, The Truth About Navigating Love and Life for a New Generation of Women – Farnoosh Torabi
31. Money, and the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks
32. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! – Robert T. Kiyosa
33. The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Claso
34. The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness –  Dave Ramsey
35. The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy

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Self Development

36. Shadows before dawn – Teal Swan
37. Leveraging the Universe – Mike Dooley
38. Ask and It Is Given – Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
39. The Law of Attraction – Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
40. The Krishnamurti Reader – Jiddu Krishnamurti
41 Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
42. Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
43. The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
42. The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn – Florence Scovel Shinn
43. The Desire Map – Danielle LaPorte
44. You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L Hay
45. The Women who Run With The Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes Money Talks – Alan Weiss
46. Awaken The Giant Within – Anthony Robbins
47. The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
48. Flourish – Martin Seligman
49. Learned Optimism – Martin Seligman
50. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
51. The Unlimited Self: Destroy Limiting Beliefs, Uncover Inner Greatness, and Live the Good Life – Jonathan Heston
52. The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage – Ryan Holiday
53. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change – Charles Duhigg
54. Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking – Susan Cain
55. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life – Arianna Huffington
56. The Magic of Thinking Big -David J. Schwartz

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General Coaching

57. Coaching: Evoking Excellence in others: Curly Martin The Life Coaching Handbook – Curly Martin
58. Coaching versus Counselling and Therapy – Curly Martin Becoming a coach – By Sandy Vilas
59. Coach yourself – Make real coaching in your life – By Anthony Grant and Jane Greene
60. Therapist as Life Coach – Patrick Williams and Deborah C. Davis
61. Co-active Coaching – Laura Whitworth, Henry Kimsey-House and Phil Sandahl
62. The Speed of Trust – Stephen Covey
62. First Things First- Stephen Covey
64. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
65. The Art of Trust – Lee Jampolsky
66. Networlding: Building Relationships and Opportunities for Success – Melissa Giovagnoli and Jocelyn Carter-Miller
67. Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills – Tony Stoltzfus Solutions Focused Stress Counselling, – B. O’Connell
68. The Miracle Question – L, Wales. Metcalf
69. Leading from the inside out – Biano-Mathis, V Nabors, L & Roman, C.
70. The Complete guide to Coaching at Work – P, Zeus. S, Skiffington
71. Coach yourself to success – Talane Miedaner
72. Developing person Centred Counselling – Dave Mearns
73. Working on yourself doesn’t work – Ariel and Shys Kane
74. Celebrate you!, – Jule Tallard Johnson
75. The Heart of Coaching – Tom Crane
76. Transformational Coaching – Dr Jeoseph Umidi
77. NLP: The Essential Guide to Neuro-Linguistic Programming – Tom Hoobyar, Tom Dotz, Susan Sanders
78. 1001 Solution-Focused Questions – Fredrike Bannink
79. Adaptive Coaching: The Art and Practice of a Client-Centered Approach to Performance Improvement – Terry R. Bacon, Laurie Voss
80. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook – Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, Jeffrey Brantley
81. Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills – Tony Stoltzfus
82. Executive Coaching with Backbone and Heart: A Systems Approach to Engaging Leaders with Their Challenges  – Mary Beth A. O’Neill
83. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts – Gary D Chapman
84. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz
85. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero

Health & Wellness Reading

86. Longevity Now – David Wolfe
87. The Whole Soy Story – Kaayla T. Daniel
88. Nourishing Traditions – Sally Fallon
89. Healing With Whole Foods – Paul Pitchford
90. Staying Healthy With the Seasons – Elson M. Haas, M.D. Know Your Fats – M.G. Enig
91. Eat Right for Your Type – Peter J. D’Adamo, Catherine Whitney (Contributor)
92. The Permaculture Book of Ferment & Human Nutrition – Bill Mollison
93. Lights Out : Sleep, Sugar, and Survival – T. S. Wiley, Bent Formby
94. The Milk Book – William Campbell Douglass, M.D.
95. The Untold Story of Milk – Ron Schmid, ND
96. Eat Fat Look Thin: A Safe and Natural Way to Lose Weight Permanently – Bruce Fife
97. The Coconut Oil Miracle (Previously published as The Healing Miracle of Coconut Oil) – Bruce Fife
98. Dr. Marcella’s Total Health Program: The Proven Plan to Prevent Disease and Premature Aging,
99. The Beauty Detox Foods – Kimberly Snyder
100. The Body Ecology Diet – Donna Gates

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Published on January 7, 2021

How To Train Yourself When You Lack Attention To Details

How To Train Yourself When You Lack Attention To Details

Some people see the trees for the forest, and some see only the forest, meaning they lack strong attention to detail. But even if you’re one of the people who take a macro rather than a micro view, true professionalism requires balancing both.

If focusing on the fine points is not your forte, you will benefit from training yourself to pay attention to details. You will profit by saving yourself time, effort, money, and credibility.

Why Training Yourself in Attention to Details Pays Off

You add value to your organization when you make the effort to ensure that you performed your work thoroughly and effectively. This is why job postings often list “attention to details” among the required skills.

When you present your supervisor or client with well-completed, high-quality work the first time, it maximizes your value and minimizes wasted time. Detail-oriented people are also more adept at catching mistakes that could lead to costly blunders.

Moreover, attention to detail is an indicator of possessing other in-demand employee qualities, such as organization, thoroughness, and focus. In some professions, such as accounting, engineering, medical research, and more, you can only excel if you have trained yourself to pay attention to details.

In other professions, possessing strong attention to detail is the very quality that will get you promoted to a position where you will be asked to consider the big picture.

Finally, if you are the “go-to” details person, everyone else on the team can relax a bit. They know the project is in good hands and will likely throw you more projects as a reward. This will ultimately lead to your advancement.

3 Important Aspects of Becoming More Detail-Oriented

Here are the 3 important things you need to learn if you want to remedy your lack of attention to detail:

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  1. Respect deadlines
  2. Understand the work-flow plan
  3. Build in time to mess up

1. Respect Deadlines

Deadlines lend all projects a finish line. One smart idea is to take the given deadline and work backward from it, calculating when your piece of the project is due. Then, if you stick to the proscribed schedule for completing the mini-projects that you have, you will never miss a deadline.

One important note on this: It is smarter to stick to the deadline and turn in work that merits a “B+” than to blow the deadline with “A” work. Chances are, through revision and suggested changes from others on the team, you can bring up your B+ work to an A later. But if you disregard deadlines, you will lose the respect of your boss and fellow teammates.

2. Understand the Work-Flow Plan

Your team is developing work in conjunction with other teams who have projects and deadlines of their own. When you grasp the whole work-flow plan, you may be able to either add insight to the greater project or to your own smaller piece of it that others at the firm will consider valuable.

3. Build in Time to Mess Up

You can expect that “what can go wrong will go wrong.” Don’t overpromise on deadlines. Something likely will mess up, but when it does if you built in the time to fix it, those around you won’t freak out.

Chances are, you already give your attention to several details. Take heart. You can do this! You can overcome your lack of attention to detail and become more detail-oriented.

For starters, consider this: Most people take the time and put in extra effort into the activities or undertakings that matter to them most. Training yourself to become more detail-oriented can mean adopting a similar pattern of behavior.

Apply the same attention you give to your appearance. Are you a meticulous dresser? Do you pay attention to how you pair patterns and colors, and how you accessorize a particular outfit?

This is the same system to use when you lack attention to detail with your work. Give every item careful consideration so that each one contributes to the perfectly pieced-together whole.

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Assemble the ingredients the way you do when you cook. Cooking and baking from scratch require close attention to details as you measure and add each ingredient in sequence, and you time everything so that the meal comes together at the same time.

Similarly, your work product requires you to gauge whether all the ingredients have been added and that your final product is delivered on time.

Organize your business network like you do your social contacts. If you follow a broad base of friends and acquaintances on social media, you can apply similar skills to stay up-to-date on details associated with business acquaintances.

When you meet somebody who could be influential to your career or a resource for improving your skills, follow that person on social media. Respond to their posts to keep the lines of communication flowing.

12 Tips to Help You if You Lack Attention to Detail

Teaching yourself to take note of important details involves sharpening your perceptions and thinking ahead. The following tips will help you adopt these practices. Master these habits when training yourself to become detail-oriented.

1. Learn to Listen Well

You will pick up relevant information and needed nuance when you apply the skills of active listening. In conversations, train yourself to make eye contact, give your undivided attention to the speaker, and ask pertinent follow-up questions.

Training yourself to pay better attention to details in conversations includes learning to fully concentrate on what others have to say. If you find it hard, there’s no harm in taking notes on what they say.

2. Pay Attention to Social Cues

Make a point of noticing body language and facial expressions that provide insights into how others perceive a situation. Social cues offer details that give you an understanding of how words and actions impact others. The infamous character Michael Scott of the television show “The Office” epitomizes the consequences of not paying attention to others’ body language.[1]

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3. Follow Rules

Rules and protocols usually come about from lessons learned and are put in place to avoid further mishaps—whether from a safety or efficiency standpoint. If you’re given step-by-step procedures to follow, check them off as you go. Also, return to the rules at the project’s end just to make sure you adhered to them all.

4. Take Notes

Note-taking is a way to boost your retention and gives you something to refer back to when you need to keep track of pertinent details. You will also heighten your focus as you listen for relevant information. Review your notes shortly after the meeting or conversation and highlight the content that you intend to apply.

5. Prioritize What Needs Your Attention Now

When you have a full slate of work that demands your attention, take a few moments to sort assignments from most to least urgent. Keep a calendar, spreadsheet, or project planning software up-to-date with schedules and deadlines to help you stay organized.

As you tackle each urgent assignment, give it your full attention so no details are missed. Give yourself ample time—especially if you tend to be someone who waits until the last minute—as rushing can make you overlook important details.

6. Have a Detail-Oriented Assistant Check Your Work

If you lack attention to detail, then it makes sense to seek help from someone detail-oriented. If you have this option, take advantage of it. Two sets of eyes are better than one. Just be sure to credit your assistant for their help once the project is completed.

7. Learn the Rules of Writing Well

English is a difficult language, and grammar, punctuation, and spelling can all sabotage you unless you pay attention to detail. When in doubt, look it up. Free to use website services such as Grammarly can help.

8. Proofread Before You Hit Send

Nothing is perfect in its first draft. If you lack attention to detail, then put in the extra effort before submitting things. Before you send off any written work, check carefully not only for misspellings and incomplete sentences but also for improper tone, inappropriate colloquialisms, and inconsistent formatting. When your written communications are error-free, they will have their intended impact.

9. Minimize Distractions

It is impossible to stay focused when colleagues carry on conversations nearby or your mobile notifications ding you throughout the day. Do your best to limit distractions.

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If you are working where there is a lot of noise or side activity, try wearing noise-canceling headphones or seeking out a quiet corner. Disable your notifications when you need to focus, and resolve to only check them after you have completed your assignment.

10. Take Breaks

It may sound counter-intuitive to stop and take a walk, but it’s necessary. Walk away from the screen. Moving from one task to the next across the span of your workday is a recipe for brain fatigue. Give your brain a recess time when you come to a natural stopping place or after you complete one project and before you start the next. These short pauses are necessary for sorting through all the details needed for coming up with successful solutions.

11. Make Time for Reflection

At the end of a workday, take a few minutes to go over the day’s events in your mind. What was said or relayed in conversations? What is the status of the projects you worked on? What else occurred that you should pay attention to? Could there have been any details you might have missed that you should address tomorrow?

12. Keep a Detailed To-Do List

This simple organizational tool is your best ally for getting your work done on time and for paying attention to the details. If you are pressed for time (and who isn’t?), write your list to coordinate with dayparts.

Allot a certain number of hours to complete each task, do it, and then check it off. Nothing feels more rewarding than completing all the tasks on your list. But if you can’t finish them, then carry them over to the following day.

Final Thoughts

Details may seem small, but they can become a lot larger when they are overlooked. If you know you lack attention to detail, commit to training yourself to embrace the many facets that can help you consistently excel in the tasks you set out to accomplish.

When you begin to catch your mistakes in advance or apply the tidbits of information you gathered from paying close attention, you will know that you have trained yourself in the fundamentals of becoming detail-oriented. After that, you should start hearing the phrase “Great job!” more often.

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