Every now and then, I’ll stumble across a book, website or tool that makes the lightbulb in my head go off, changes my mind in a deep, significant way or helps me see the world and myself in a different light.
Whenever I find a resource like that, I’ll be sure to share on this page so that you’ll be able to benefit from it too.
I hope you’ll find them just as helpful as I do.
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If Life Is A Game, These Are The Rules by Chérie Carter-Scott Making sense of the big, bad, chaotic world can be a confusing endeavour. This book puts navigating and coming out on top in the game of life into a healthy perspective and taught me that winning isn’t about keeping a scorecard of accomplishments or being better than everyone else — it’s about learning how to be a better human.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho In The Alchemist, Coelho weaves together intricate strands of hope, love, courage, faith and above all, resilience through the inspiring adventures of Santiago, the Andalusian shepherd boy who sells his sheep to venture wide and far in search of his Personal Legend (destiny) and a treasure in the Pyramids of Egypt. A highly-recommended, soul-stirring read for anyone chasing (or is thinking of chasing) their dreams.
Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl Whenever I’m feeling low or lost, this is the book I turn to. Frankl, who lost his parents, brother and pregnant in concentration camps during the Nazi occupation, details how he and the most resilient of his comrades rose above the unimaginable suffering at these death camps. He teaches the rest of us how we can cope with suffering in our own lives, find meaning in it and move forward with renewed purpose.
Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways To Slow Down And Enjoy The Things That Really Matter by Elaine St. James I got my hands on this treasure over 15 years ago, way before simple living and minimalism became popular, and it was the first resource that introduced me to practical, everyday steps I could take to ‘un-complicate’ my life. I didn’t have enough life experience then to ‘get’ everything that St. James presents in this book, but when I revisit the pages of Simplify Your Life now, they make perfect sense. If you’re just starting out in your simple living journey and are exploring your possibilities, I highly recommend giving this a read first.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way To Banish Clutter Forever by Marie Kondo Being able to pay attention to the little things in your life starts with decluttering — not the easiest thing to do if your living (or even work) space is disorganised and drowning in stuff. This is my bible as far as tidying up my space and keeping it that way goes.
Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill This classic is so much more than what its title implies — it’s also a guide to taking control of the biggest driver behind everything you do and the reality you create for yourself: Your mind.
Tribe Of Mentors: Short Life Advice From The Best In The World by Timothy Ferriss Nothing beats having a mentor in your life who can personally guide you from day one. But not everyone does, and if (like me), you don’t, it doesn’t mean that you can’t learn from the best virtually or through books. Take what you need from the likes of Ray Dalio, Ben Stiller, Bear Grylls and more in this varied but comprehensive compilation of bite-sized advice on life, work and purpose from some of the best minds in the world.