He who thinks he knows everything has a lot to learn.
— unknown [this is my take on the original]


Call it self-help, betterment, motivation, goal-setting, spirituality, airy-fairy being in touch with one’s self or whatever label you like. But our motivation and our attitude largely governs our destiny. Most people find that hard to swallow, especially those that think they are at the mercy of their environment and the world owes them something. If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to be motivated to get there?

I find this whole phenomena incredibly interesting, and subscribe to the concept that you are what you think. It’s not a matter of being in love with yourself, but more about being confident about your abilities and your purpose. When was the last time the most interesting person in the room was the serial complainer? Who wants to be that person? Not me and probably not you. Think about it.

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail. To do anything well in life requires some kind of planning or ‘design’. Its about immersing yourself in subjects that you find interesting, and then seeing if you can integrate those learnings into your career and building your expertise.

Okay, so if you’ve fallen asleep by now then perhaps I’m rambling or not making my point. But if you’re interested, then here’s a list of books and resources that I find invaluable or even just entertaining and interesting. There is more value in summarising each book, in my own words, so I’m going back through and doing that now.

One last thing. What was it that got you out of bed this morning? Perhaps it was money. Life really can be a holiday, if we trade something we enjoy doing for money.


Books / Audiobooks

The Tantra Experience by OSHO
This life is a gift from existence, to be lived and enjoyed. But with the seemingly impossible and conflicting demands of society, morality, and culture, people struggle with feelings of unfulfilled potential, frustration, and guilt rather than living full lives.

The world of tantra has no division between higher and lower. The simple, ordinary things of life are transformed into great things when we enter into them totally - be it car fixing, floor cleaning, or lovemaking. Osho shows how, by living this vision, new heights of consciousness and freedom are realised.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Understanding Life by Lawrence West (Chapter 1 available for download)

Me, Inc. by Gene Simmons

How To Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Strengths Based Parenting: Developing Your Children's Innate Talents by Mary Reckmeyer Ph.D.

How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath

My 4 Year Old The Property Investor by Cam McLellan

Cashflow Quadrant by Robert T Kiyosaki

Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins

Quantum Warrior | The future of the mind by John Kehoe

Little Voice Mastery: How to Win the War Between Your Ears in 30 Seconds or Less and Have an Extraordinary Life! by Blair Singer

Remote by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hanson

Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins

Mind Power for the 21st Century by John Kehoe

Mind Power Home Study Program [4 week course] by John Kehoe 

Living an Exceptional Life (Live) by Jim Rohn

Inspired Destiny by Dr John Demartini

The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker

The Tom Peters Seminar by Tom Peters

How to solve all your money problems forever by Victor Boc

The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Money – From Fear to Love by Dr Margaret H Smith

Business Networking and Sex by Dr Ivan Misner.PHD

The Win Without Pitching Manifesto by Blair Enns

The Power of Less by Leo Barbuta

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Outliers – The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

For those of us who feel like our peers are more gifted and talented than we are, this book proves that being ‘gifted’ is just the foot in the door of success. The other 90% is hard work and persistence.

High Performance Leadership by Brian Tracy

High Performance Sales by Brian Tracy

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

21 Success Secrets of Self-made Millionaires by Brian Tracy

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

Guerilla Marketing Weapons by Jay Conrad Levinson

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Good to Great - Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins

The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham

All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin

The Designer’s Guide to Marketing & Pricing by Ilise Benun & Peleg Top

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh (CEO of online shoe and clothing shop Zappos.com)

Business Stripped Bare by Richard Branson

The One Minute Manager by Kennith Blanchard & Spencer Johnson

Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hanson

Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy

Commonsense Direct & Digital Marketing by Drayton Bird

The Think Big Revolution by Michael Port

Maverick! by Ricardo Semler

The Seven-Day Weekend by Ricardo Semler

Seven habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey

Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

The 4 Day Work Week by Timothy Ferris

The Business Coach by Brad Sugars

The Leadership Code by Dave Ulrich, Norm Smallwood, Kate Sweetman

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

Work Smarter Not Harder by Jack Collis

Thick Face, Black Heart by Chin-Ning Chu

The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber

Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port

Beyond Booked Solid by Michael Port

The Success System That Never Fails by William Clement Stone

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Would you like Attitude with that? by Justin Herald

What are you waiting for? by Justin Herald

It’s not about the bike by Lance Armstrong

Beyond Dreaming by Brian Leaning-Mizen