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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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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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