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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 June 5, 2018

Is It Time for a Career Change? Find Your Answer Here with These Steps

Is It Time for a Career Change? Find Your Answer Here with These Steps

Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.

Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”

Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance . Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to make it happen for a more fulfilling life.

Signs that you need a career change

The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.

You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.

Physical signs

Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?

It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.

In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.

Mental signs

One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America.[1] In most cases, it is related to stress.

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I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.

Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:

  • The tension in your neck
  • Difficulties with sleeping
  • Unable to concentrate
  • High anxiety
  • Depression

If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.

Why a career change is good for you

I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.

One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.

It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.

A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.

You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:

  • Working in a negative workplace: Don’t be discouraged. A negative workplace can be changed by working at a new organization.
  • Working with a difficult boss: The challenges of working with a difficult boss can be stressful. All it takes is communication. You can address the issue directly with a manager professionally and respectfully.
  • Feeling lost about what you do: Most people stay at their jobs and settle for mediocrity because of the fear of failure or the unknown. The rise to success often comes with working a tedious role or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. If you fear the idea of being involved in activities that are new, remember that life is short. Mediocrity will only continue to make you feel as if life is passing you by.

Common mistakes of people making a career change

Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. What is your situation?

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  • Desire for an increase of salary: The desire for a higher income can persuade some to believe they are in the wrong career. The issue with this is more money requires more time in the office or taking on several positions at a time. At times, pursuing a high-income role can be the complete opposite of what one is expected. It is what happens when a colleague leaves a company to a new one and returns several years later.
  • Overnight decision: Let’s face it. We make overnight decisions when stressed out or disappointed with situations at work. The problem with a quick decision is the negative and positive points is overlooked.
  • Rejected for a promotion: I have heard stories of managers that applied ten times for a position throughout a 5-year period. Yes, it sounds to be a lengthy process, but at times, a promotion requires time. Avoid changing a career if you do not see the results of a promotion currently.
  • Bored at work: Think deeply about this point. If you work a job that is repetitive, it is normal to feel bored. You can spice it up by changing the appearance of your desk, socializing with new employees in a different department, joining a leadership committee at work or coming to work with enthusiasm. Sometimes, all it takes is you to change jobs into a fun situation.

A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:

  • How long have you worked in your career?
  • What is the problem at work? Do you work well with the team?
  • Do you receive recognition?
  • Can you consider working in a new department?

The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization. Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:

Now that you had a chance to review your work situation and none of these recommendations can help, it is time to take the next step.

How to make the change for a successful career (Step-by-step)

The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.

1. Write a career plan

A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work.[2] A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.

You can learn how to set your career plan here.

2. Weigh your options

If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.

You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job, in the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.

3. Be real about the pros and cons

It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that are impacting the current situation.

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A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:

  • Economic factors
  • Direct competition: Is this role in high demand?
  • Location: Do you need to move? If the goal is to work in tech and living in Cincinnati is not realistic, consider moving to San Francisco.
  • Achievements: To stand out from the competition achievements like awards, committee involvement, freelance work or volunteering is a recipe for success.
  • Education: Do you need to go back to school? Education can be expensive. However, online courses, webinars or self-study is an option.

A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.

4. Find a mentor

A mentor that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:

  • What is required to be successful in the role?
  • What certification or educational development is needed?
  • What are the challenges of the role?
  • Is there potential for career advancement?

A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.

Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: A Good Mentor Is Hard to Find: What to Look for in a Mentor

5. Research salary

Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.

It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.

6. Be realistic

If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.

For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.

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Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.

7. Volunteer first

A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.

Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.

Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.

8. Prepare your career tools

I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:

  • Online search: Search your name online to see what shows up. I recommend searching images that are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other sites on a personal account. The last thing you want to realize is the job search is unsuccessful because there is unprofessional content you posted online.
  • Be LinkedIn ready: Recruiters conduct a LinkedIn search to see if the work experience is the same on a resume. Remember to change the wording on LinkedIn from the resume, or it will appear there was no effort put into creating the profile.
  • Portfolio: A portfolio of work is recommended for people that work in the arts, writing, graphic design and other fields. I recommend a portfolio online and one that is available in hand when attending job interviews or networking meetups.

Final thoughts

It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will discover the role that is the best fit with your skillsets.

Master these action steps and changing careers will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.

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Reference

[1]Mental Health America: The State of Mental Health in America
[2]MIT Global Education & Career Development: Make a Career Plan

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