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BOOKS THAT MAY CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE

Finding a great book is like a needle in a haystack and we think hard before choosing one to influence our lives. Below you will find a list of books that have shaped our beliefs. We recommend starting with these and if they speak to you, follow us on our journey.

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Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Tony knows how to inspire. He doesn’t beat around the bush. He will challenge you to take control of your thoughts and emotions. Every chapter is a kick in the nuts and ends with a call to action. Do the work and you’ll stir up the giant within.

You dream to be more or are too scared to take action? Awaken the Giant Within is your starting point.

 

Start with Why by Simon Sinek
I’m like a child. I am curious about many things but get bored quickly. I appreciate simplicity above all and that is what Simon Sinek does best. Simon teaches how great leaders inspire from the inside out. They think, act and communicate their purpose, their dream, their why. You’ll love how Simon uses his golden circle to explain the success of Steve Jobs, Southwest Airlines, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King & The Wright Brothers. I loved this book so much I dedicated an article titled: It’s not what you do, it is why you do it! (A phrase I borrowed from Simon.)

Principia Amoris by John Mordechai Gottman

John Gottman has spent his scientific life studying love and relationships. He can predict whether a relationship will last with a staggering 90% accuracy and has developed a love algorithm to explain what types of relationships work. Have you experienced heartbreak or are wondering why some relationships work better than others? Read this book. One caveat: Principia Amoris is a mathematical approach to unravel and understand love. Don’t read it if you feel this would demystify love or if you hate math.

The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
All I want to say is ‘YES’. Remember when I said I love simplicity? The happiness hypothesis will change your perception of happiness and show you how to take action to be happier. The metaphor about the rider and the elephant to explain the interaction between conscious decision making and raw emotion is so ingrained in my mind that I’ve become a better influencer of my own emotional state. The journey from modern psychology to ancient philosophy while visiting hinduism, buddhism and christianity greatly credits his simple hypothesis as truth. A must read!

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

If it wasn’t for the 7 habits you would not be reading this blog. It made me realise I was everything but effective – yet I longed to be. Stephen Covey taught me the importance of character and leading a principle centered life. I was deeply influenced by this guide on how to take charge of your life and I often wondered ‘Why isn’t any of this taught in school?’.

The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO by Robin Sharma
Close your eyes and imagine your future self. Years from now when you are old and grey you will reflect on your life and ask yourself three questions. Did you live wisely? Did you love well? and did you give back? If you come up blank then read this book.
The Saint, The Surfer and The CEO is an easy read and recommended if you are at a crossroads in life. It inspires you to be true and to become conscious of your perception of the world and your place in it. You will find the tools to answer the important life questions.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a book you read on holiday to come home with the courage and desire to pursue your dreams. A parable, magnificent in its simplicity, describes how treasures in life are discovered when you trust your gut to embark on a life’s journey to fulfil your destiny. It’s great because it latches on the belief you can become one with the universe. One of the lessons I took from this book was the stance on love… Pure and courageous – go read it :-)!

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