Top 10 Best Holiday Business & Personal Development Reads

Of all the things that keep me in the zone, reading personal development and business books is one of my top daily inspirational practices.

My clients and subscribers often ask me which books to read so here are 10 of my all time faves.

If you’re looking for a good book or two to gift yourself these holidays or to upgrade your mindset here are 10 really awesome ones.

I’ve included my personal take on each book plus some official blurb from Amazon.

Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
This is one of the first books recommended to me when I started my own business and is a unique blend of personal development, law of attraction and business genius thinking.

One of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read.

‘Napoleon Hill, America’s most beloved motivational author, devoted 25 years to finding out how the wealthy became that way. After interviewing over 500 of the most affluent men and women of his time, he uncovered the secret to great wealth based on the notion that if we can learn to think like the rich, we can start to behave like them. By understanding and applying the thirteen simple steps that constitute Hill’s formula, you can achieve your goals, change your life and join the ranks of the rich and successful.’

Get it here: Think & Grow Rich

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A practical guide to the fulfillment of your dreams by Deepak Chopra.

I’ve read quite a few of Deepak’s books and some of them are pretty deep spiritually but this one is an easy read and I’ve revisited it multiple times in the 7 years it’s been on my book shelf.

‘This is a book you will cherish for a lifetime, for within its pages are the secrets to making all your dreams come true. In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra distills the essence of his teachings into seven simple, yet powerful principles that can be easily applied to create success in all areas of your life.’

Get it here: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E Gerber

This is an eye opener for most small business owners and shows you how to put systems into your business so you can work ‘on’ your business, not ‘in’ it. This is a timeless business classic and one that I believe every business owner will benefit from reading.

Here’s a review from Amazon: ‘Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited should be required reading for anyone thinking about starting a business or for those who have already taken that fateful step. The title refers to the author’s belief that entrepreneurs–typically brimming with good but distracting ideas–make poor businesspeople.

He establishes an incredibly organized and regimented plan, so that daily details are scripted, freeing the entrepreneur’s mind to build the long-term success or failure of the business. You don’t need an MBA to understand or follow its directives; Gerber takes time to explain buzzwords and complex theories. Written in a clear and well-paced manner, The E-Myth Revisited is like receiving advice from an old friend.’ Sharon Griggins

Get it here: The Emyth Revisited

The 4 Hour Work Week:Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

This is hands down one of the most exciting, inspiring AND practical books I’ve ever read.
It’s the ‘productivity bible’ of our time and if there’s a book to get you thinking out of the box and striving for more happiness to do what you love in life then this is it.

Tim teaches you how to build a business to serve YOUR purpose as opposed to letting a business run you. I love the ‘passion based’ business model aka. my Niche Expert model but this book gets you thinking about whether you are just working for work’s sake. The productivity and life hacks Tim shares are incredible too.

‘Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan – there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.’

Get it here: The 4 Hour Work Week

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

I bought this book years ago in a tiny ‘Steimatzky’ bookshop in Jerusalem and it’s been one of my  inspirational companions ever since.  In this book I learned about ‘shadow artists,’ ‘morning pages’ and the importance of connecting with your own creativity and not living in the shadow of other creators. This is an wwesome little inspiring book for artistic types but also for anyone feeling stuck or blocked.
‘The Artist’s Way provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self.

It aims to dispel the ‘I’m not talented enough’ conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist. Its step-by-step approach enables you to transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replace them with self confidence and productivity. It helps demystify the creative process by making it a part of your daily life. Whatever your artistic leanings, this book will give you the tools you need to enable you to fulfill your dreams.’

Get it here: The Artist’s Way

How to Make a Million Before Lunch, by Rachel Bridge

This is a book I read this year and it’s a fab one if you’re looking for a new business idea and insights on how to set up your business without wasting time and money.  You might not make a million before lunch, ahem, but you’ll certainly be inspired to launch your new business with a bang. Great title too!

‘Essential reading for anyone who dreams of becoming the next Richard Branson or Duncan Bannatyne. By lunchtime.’

Get it here: How to Make a Million Before Lunch

Miracles by Stuart Wilde

This is one of my favourite little books and I revisit this often. You can read it in one sitting as it’s an easy read but the lessons in it are deep and long lasting.  Stuart is one of the best kept secrets and not one of the mainstream authors you often see stocked on the high street. Love, love, love this book and read everything he writes.

‘Stuart makes the point that creating miracles in our lives is no more complicated than understanding the metaphysics of the Universal Law, which states that within human beings there lies an immense power . . . and this power is impartial and unemotional. And because that law is indestructible and therefore infinite, we know that the power used by miracle-makers in the past is still available today.

Yet, in our modern society, we are brought up to believe only in those things we can logically understand. We are not taught that the Universal Law has limitless potential or that this power is at our disposal and can be used to work miracles in our lives.

Get it here: Miracles

The Millionaire Messenger: Making a difference and a fortune sharing your advice by Brendon Burchard.

I discovered Brendon’s work shortly after I wrote The Niche Expert and I became a firm fan and student.  This book distills his “Expert Academy’ blueprint into a quick read and it’s very inspiring and helpful.

‘After some initial struggles, Brendon launched what has become a million dollar consulting, book writing, and speaking business, all based on his mission to spread his message to the world.
In The Millionaire Messenger, Brendon offers a 10-step plan that will help readers develop their message, package their advice in an attractive way, gain a following, and, perhaps most importantly, make money in this effort.

By following his program, ordinary people can learn to package their struggles, successes, research, or life’s story into advice for others and become experts on any given topic. In the industry of people who share their advice and knowledge with the world and get paid for it, Burchard is the ‘guru’s guru.’

Get it here: The Millionaire Messenger

Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Four steps to fulfilling your true calling by Martha Beck

I’m nuts about life purpose and self discovery books and this is my latest read. I’m studying this one at the moment as part of my ‘in flow’ project.  Loving this book but if magic and the metaphysical freaks you out then this might not be for you.

It’s a unique blend of practical life coaching advice and mind magic for connecting with your inner ‘mender’ or ‘wayfinder.’  If you love animals you’ll love reading about Martha’s experiences in the wild and there’s even some Uri Geller style spoon bending thrown in for good measure.

Martha is a gifted life coach, regular contributor for Oprah’s O Magazine and writes beautifully.

Get it here: Finding Your Way in a Wild New World

The Awakening Course: The Secret to Solving All Problems by Joe Vitale

I think this is my favourite book this year and I got a lot of inspiration from it. I studied this for my ‘inflow’ project and found it really helped me to be more joyful and ‘awake’ in the present moment.  The thing I love about Joe’s work is that he’s both a business master AND a miracles worker.  Joe starred in The Secret, is a prolific copywriter and author and I’ve read most of his books. This book isn’t fluffy law of attraction ‘stuff,’ it’s a real step by step blueprint and you’ll come out the other end much stronger if you follow through.

‘The complete mind, body, and spiritual transformation based on a highly successful course—now in paperback!

The Awakening Course is Joe Vitale’s most recent breakthrough program explaining the four stages of awakening. This thought-provoking book builds on everything Vitale has written and recorded to date, taking you to a whole new level of personal and professional transcendence.
This book offers a proven step-by-step approach for finding and achieving your goals and desires through a complete mind, body, and spiritual transformation.
Discover new perspectives on money, role models, and the power of your unconscious
Re-state complaints into positive life-changing intentions, and turn your fears into a catalyst for success
5 steps for attracting anything or anyone into your life.  Joe Vitale is the author of the bestselling The Attractor Factor and The KeyLet The Awakening Course take you to a place of transcendence.’

Get it here: The Awakening Course

You can get these books in Kindle version for instant access and if you don’t own a kindle but want to read the e-book version you can get the Amazon free app for many different devices.  Since my Kindle died I’ve been reading mine on my iphone and can even read when the lights are out without disturbing my hubbie!

Ok folks that’s it for this list. It’s by no means definitive as there are so many more inspiring books I didn’t include but hopefully this will give you a blend of timeless classics and new thought authors to explore.

I’d love to hear from you on the best books you’ve read this year or that have impacted you the most over a period of years so please share your recommendations and thoughts below.

As I’ve discovered a book really can change your life so let’s get reading & sharing!

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