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

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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

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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

Featured photo credit: Sarah Liddle via sarahliddle.com

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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