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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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How to Set Ambitious Career Goals (With Examples)

How to Set Ambitious Career Goals (With Examples)

Taking your work to the next level means setting and keeping career goals. A career goal is a targeted objective that explains what you want your ultimate profession to be.

Defining career goals is a critical step to achieving success. You need to know where you’re going in order to get there. Knowing what your career goals are isn’t just important for you–it’s important for potential employers too. The relationship between an employer and an employee works best when your goals for the future and their goals align. Saying, “Oh, I don’t know. I’ll do anything,” makes you seem indecisive, and opens you up to taking on ill-fitting tasks that won’t lead you to your dream life.

Career goal templates’ one-size-fits-all approach won’t consider your unique goals and experiences. They won’t help you stand out, and they may not reflect your full potential.

In this article, I’ll help you to define your career goals with SMART goal framework, and will provide you with a list of examples goals for work and career.

How to Define Your Career Goal with SMART

Instead of relying on a generalized framework to explain your vision, use a tried-and-true goal-setting model. SMART is an acronym for “Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic with Timelines.”[1] The SMART framework demystifies goals by breaking them into smaller steps.

Helpful hints when setting SMART career goals:

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  • Start with short-term goals first. Work on your short-term goals, and then progress the long-term interests.[2] Short-term goals are those things which take 1-3 years to complete. Long-term goals take 3-5 years to do. As you succeed in your short-term goals, that success should feed into accomplishing your long-term goals.
  • Be specific, but don’t overdo it. You need to define your career goals, but if you make them too specific, then they become unattainable. Instead of saying, “I want to be the next CEO of Apple, where I’ll create a billion-dollar product,” try something like, “My goal is to be the CEO of a successful company.”
  • Get clear on how you’re going to reach your goals. You should be able to explain the actions you’ll take to advance your career. If you can’t explain the steps, then you need to break your goal down into more manageable chunks.
  • Don’t be self-centered. Your work should not only help you advance, but it should also support the goals of your employer. If your goals differ too much, then it might be a sign that the job you’ve taken isn’t a good fit.

If you want to learn more about setting SMART Goals, watch the video below to learn how you can set SMART career goals.

After you’re clear on how to set SMART goals, you can use this framework to tackle other aspects of your work. For instance, you might set SMART goals to improve your performance review, look for a new job, or shift your focus to a different career.

We’ll cover examples of ways to use SMART goals to meet short-term career goals in the next section.

Why You Need an Individual Development Plan

Setting goals is one part of the larger formula for success. You may know what you want to do, but you also have to figure out what skills you have, what you lack, and where your greatest strengths and weaknesses are.

One of the best ways to understand your capabilities is by using the Science Careers Individual Development Plan skills assessment. It’s free, and all you need to do is register an account and take a few assessments.

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These assessments will help you determine if your career goals are realistic. You’ll come away with a better understanding of your unique talents and skill-sets. You may decide to change some of your career goals or alter your timeline based on what you learn.

40 Examples of Goals for Work & Career

All this talk of goal-setting and self-assessment may sound great in theory, but perhaps you need some inspiration to figure out what your goals should be.

For Changing a Job

  1. Attend more networking events and make new contacts.
  2. Achieve a promotion to __________ position.
  3. Get a raise.
  4. Plan and take a vacation this year.
  5. Agree to take on new responsibilities.
  6. Develop meaningful relationships with your coworkers and clients.
  7. Ask for feedback on a regular basis.
  8. Learn how to say, “No,” when you are asked to take on too much.
  9. Delegate tasks that you no longer need to be responsible for.
  10. Strive to be in a leadership role in __ number of years.

For Switching Career Path

  1. Pick up and learn a new skill.
  2. Find a mentor.
  3. Become a volunteer in the field that interests you.
  4. Commit to getting training or going back to school.
  5. Read the most recent books related to your field.
  6. Decide whether you are happy with your work-life balance and make changes if necessary. [3]
  7. Plan what steps you need to take to change careers.[4]
  8. Compile a list of people who could be character references or submit recommendations.
  9. Commit to making __ number of new contacts in the field this year.
  10. Create a financial plan.

For Getting a Promotion

  1. Reduce business expenses by a certain percentage.
  2. Stop micromanaging your team members.
  3. Become a mentor.
  4. Brainstorm ways that you could improve your productivity and efficiency at work
  5. Seek a new training opportunity to address a weakness.[5]
  6. Find a way to organize your work space.[6]
  7. Seek feedback from a boss or trusted coworker every week/ month/ quarter.
  8. Become a better communicator.
  9. Find new ways to be a team player.
  10. Learn how to reduce work hours without compromising productivity.

For Acing a Job Interview

  1. Identify personal boundaries at work and know what you should do to make your day more productive and manageable.
  2. Identify steps to create a professional image for yourself.
  3. Go after the career of your dreams to find work that does not feel like a job.
  4. Look for a place to pursue your interest and apply your knowledge and skills.
  5. Find a new way to collaborate with experts in your field.
  6. Identify opportunities to observe others working in the career you want.
  7. Become more creative and break out of your comfort zone.
  8. Ask to be trained more relevant skills for your work.
  9. Ask for opportunities to explore the field and widen your horizon
  10. Set your eye on a specific award at work and go for it.

Career Goal Setting FAQs

I’m sure you still have some questions about setting your own career goals, so here I’m listing out the most commonly asked questions about career goals.

1. What if I’m not sure what I want my career to be?

If you’re uncertain, be honest about it. Let the employer know as much as you know about what you want to do. Express your willingness to use your strengths to contribute to the company. When you take this approach, back up your claim with some examples.

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How to Find Your Ideal Career Path Without Wasting Time on Jobs Not Suitable for You

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2. Is it okay to lie about my career goals?

Lying to potential employers is bound to end in disaster. In the interview, a lie can make you look foolish because you won’t know how to answer follow up questions.

Even if you think your career goal may not precisely align with the employer’s expectations for a long-term hire, be open and honest. There’s probably more common ground than they realize, and it’s up to you to bridge any gaps in expectations.

Being honest and explaining these connections shows your employer that you’ve put a lot of thought into this application. You aren’t just telling them what they want to hear.

3. Is it better to have an ambitious goal, or should I play it safe?

You should have a goal that challenges you, but SMART goals are always reasonable. If you put forth a goal that is way beyond your capabilities, you will seem naive. Making your goals too easy shows a lack of motivation.

Employers want new hires who are able to self-reflect and are willing to take on challenges.

4. Can I have several career goals?

It’s best to have one clearly-defined career goal and stick with it. (Of course, you can still have goals in other areas of your life.) Having a single career goal shows that you’re capable of focusing, and it shows that you like to accomplish what you set out to do.

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On the other hand, you might have multiple related career goals. This could mean that you have short-term goals that dovetail into your ultimate long-term career goal. You might also have several smaller goals that feed into a single purpose.

For example, if you want to become a lawyer, you might become a paralegal and attend law school at the same time. If you want to be a school administrator, you might have initial goals of being a classroom teacher and studying education policy. In both cases, these temporary jobs and the extra education help you reach your ultimate goal.

Summary

You’ll have to devote some time to setting career goals, but you’ll be so much more successful with some direction. Remember to:

  • Set SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, and Realistic with Timelines. When you set goals with these things in mind, you are likely to achieve the outcomes you want.
  • Have short-term and long-term goals. Short-term career goals can be completed in 1-3 years, while long-term goals will take 3-5 years to finish. Your short-term goals should set you up to accomplish your long-term goals.
  • Assess your capabilities by coming up with an Individual Development Plan. Knowing how to set goals won’t help you if you don’t know yourself. Understand what your strengths and weaknesses are by taking some self-assessments.
  • Choose goals that are appropriate to your ultimate aims. Your career goals should be relevant to one another. If they aren’t, then you may need to narrow your focus. Your goals should match the type of job that you want and the quality of life that you want to lead.
  • Be clear about your goals with potential employers. Always be honest with potential employers about what you want to do with your life. If your goals differ from the company’s objectives, find a way bridge the gap between what you want for yourself and what your employer expects.

By doing goal-setting work now, you’ll be able to make conscious choices on your career path. You can always adjust your plan if things change for you, but the key is to give yourself a road map for success.

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