Books That Will Make a Difference in Your Life

Updated: Oct 7, 2021

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These 50+ books have changed how I think, and positively shifted the dial in my life...

You won't like all of them, however, I guarantee you'll find a few that have the power to dramatically shift the dial in Your life 🚀.

I've split the books into five categories:

  1. Psychology and Performance

  2. Philosophy and Values

  3. Leadership and Influence

  4. Mindfulness and Spirit

  5. Habits and Behaviours

If you want to ‘dip your toe in’, or are only starting to learn about these topics, I recommend you choose any of the books I’ve highlighted. The highlighted books are a good starting point within that category. To be clear, they aren’t necessarily my favourites, but they are books that I think are a great place for you to start with in that category.

I've also included links to an online retailer for each book. If a book is in italics, then it’s one that I’ve started, but haven’t finished reading yet. However, I’ve already found enough gems of wisdom in the book to know that it deserves to be in this list.

I am sure you'll find plenty of wisdom for yourself in this list, so happy reading 😊.

Psychology and Performance

  1. Mindset by Dr. Carol S. Dweck

  2. PEAK Secrets from the new Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

  3. Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen

  4. GRIT by Angela Duckworth

  5. The CBT Workbook by Stephanie Fitzgerald

  6. Coach Yourself by Anthony Grant and Jane Greene

  7. Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins

  8. The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey

  9. The War of Art: Break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles by Steven Pressfield.

  10. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemam

  11. The Mindful Athlete by George Mumford

Philosophy and Values

  1. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

  2. The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

  3. Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

  4. The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday

  5. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca the Younger

  6. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

  7. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

  8. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

  9. How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald Robertson

  10. Sapiens by Yuval Hariri

  11. Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

  12. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Leadership and Influence

  1. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Dr. Robert Cialdini

  2. Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Pattern

  3. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

  4. Coaching for Performance by Sir John Whitmore

  5. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

  6. Cracking the Sales Management Code by Jason Jordan

  7. The Mind of the Leader by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter

  8. REORG How to get it right by Stephen Heidrai-Robinson and Suzanne Heywood

  9. Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life by James Kerr

  10. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

  11. What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith

Mindfulness and Spirit

  1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

  2. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

  3. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

  4. Waking Up by Sam Harris

  5. Letting Go: The Pathway to Surrender by David R. Hawkins

  6. Tao Te Ching by Lzu-Tzu

  7. The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

  8. The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness & Meditation by Andy Puddicombe

  9. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

  10. Seeking the Heart of Wisdom by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield

  11. Grist for the Mill: Awakening to Oneness by Ram Dass

Habits and Behaviours

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

  2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

  3. Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith

  4. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

  5. Atomic Habits by James Clear

  6. Tiny habits by BJ Fogg

  7. High Performance Habits by Brendon Bouchard

  8. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

If you want to dig a little deeper, then reach out on any of our social channels, or send me an email to: and I'd be happy to discuss any of the books with you. Let's wrap it up with a quote from Elon Musk on the importance of reading: “I read books and talked to people. I mean that's kind of how one learns anything. There's lots of great books out there and lots of smart people.” It's reported that Elon said this in response to someone asking him how he learned to build rockets. We can't all be Elon - and we shouldn’t try - however, he’s a pretty smart guy who in part got to where he is today by reading... So get out there and get reading!

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Keep on smiling out there.



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