Below is a list of some of my very favourite books that have made an impact on my life. You can use links after the description below or in the sidebar/bottom menu to buy the books directly from Hive.co.uk. Hive.co.uk is a webstore that supports independent bookstores, even allowing you to select your preferred store to support after checkout.
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The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt
The Goal is probably one of the first self-improvement books I read. The lessons are delivered in novel format, and it teaches you to look beyond your own preconceptions to get the the truth of the matter. The key is staying curious and experimentation, even in the face of adversity.
This may not be the best place to start for everyone, but it made such a positive impact on my life and I’ve revisited the story a number of times to see what I missed and deepen my understanding of the principles I learned.
Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Wise advice that we’ve all heard at some point in our lives, this book actually helps you with what comes after that piece of advice. Reading this helped me in a lot of ways, I saw how full of fear my life had been, not overwhelming but incredibly pervasive. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of the unknown, fear of being misunderstood.
Reading this book is like talking to a wise older friend you can trust, and that’s what it has become to me.
The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
This book is full of useful advice of all the things in your life that you should get a handle on during your 20s and beyond. As someone who was already 30 when reading this, it helped me see the things I had missed and take action on them sooner.
Being an adult isn’t as simple as reaching a certain age, owning a house or having children, it’s a lot more about making decisions for your life and taking responsibility for its direction, and this book will help you see that.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
We all grow up with different perceptions of how the world is and how we think it should be. It can be hard to overcome those perceptions alone, and even harder when conflicting perceptions seem to threaten us in some way.
In Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki gives us both sides of the story for financial choices many of us make and helps put things into perspective.
Not all of the advice will be applicable to everyone, but this book motivated me to take more chances in life and live better as a result. I think it’s biggest triumph is helping me to perceive money as a tool rather than something to acquire in itself, and I still hold onto that view several years later.