Best Books : My Recommended Reading List
The Presence Process
by Michael Brown
If you’re ready to stop your emotions from ruling your life, this is the book for you. Brown takes us into what our emotions are, and how to begin being with them and observing them instead of allowing them to run our actions and reactions. This is achieved through a ten-week guided process of awareness raising text and meditative exercises.
365 Tao : Daily Meditations
by Deng Ming-Dao
If, like me, you’re not yet ready to form your own interpretation of the Tao Te Ching, this book is perfect. Ming-Dao shares each passage of the classic work with a deep and meaningful interpretation. Starting each day with a brief ‘Tao’ reading leads to a new awareness of life as it happens to us.
by Dr. Wayne Dyer
If you’re not yet where you wanted to be, there’s a chance that your excuses are getting in the way. Dyer helps us to discover which of our thoughts are, indeed, excuses (spoiler alert: almost all of them!) and leads us through a process to put them aside. With our excuses out of the way there’s nothing left to do but succeed!
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Don Miguel Ruiz
In The Four Agreements, Ruiz introduces us to four ways we can live our life successfully right now. More a code of conduct than an action plan, this short book gives an insight into ancient Toltec wisdom and encourages to keep our commitments we make to ourselves; especially the four presented within.
by Mason Currey
If you were ever looking for ‘permission’ to escape the cage of ‘normality’, work outside the 9-5 and live your life the way you want to, this book provides a huge inspiration. Going into the daily routines (or lack of routine) of some of the world’s most notable creators, Currey demonstrates that really anything goes and our thoughts on what’s right or wrong may not be so helpful, or valid.
I’m always hesitant to recommend this book, but it contains so much pure gold that I can’t not recommend it. That said, it must be taken with a pinch of salt. The upside is that it introduces us to some very helpful concepts that can completely turn around the mindset of a poor or middle-class upbringing. We get to the bottom of assets, liabilities, income and expenses and essentially learn where to move our money, time and effort so the have the most positive impact on our lives.
Key Person of Influence
by Daniel Priestley
In every industry there are Key People of Influence, who attract more opportunity and earn more money. This is no accident, and Priestley details the five steps needed to position yourself as one of those people. You could do good work for twenty years, or you could fast-track your position with the process within.
by Mike Michalowicz
Written to help business owners to manage the money in their organisation, this book goes a lot further than it first seems. It introduces the ‘small plate’ method of banking which allows us to segment our funds and gain a healthy cashflow in our business and personal lives.
Wink : A Modern Day Parable of Wealth Beyond Words
by Roger James Hamilton
This short parable helps us to get better at ‘seeing’. The lessons within help with our personal growth, our business and our wealth if we’ll just read the story behind the story. If you’re ready to dance in the fountain of wealth—if you no longer want to be afraid to get wet—then this is the book for you.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
by T. Harv Eker
Essential reading for anyone suffering from money-mindset issues. Eker goes into our ‘money blueprint’ and helps us to see that the habits that got us where we are won’t get us where we want to be. He gives practical tasks and affirmations to switch our mindset into a place of wealth and abundance instead of lack and scarcity.
The Four Hour Work Week
by Tim Ferriss
A real classic from Tim Ferriss is a mixture of business and personal growth. Ferriss introduces us to the idea that 9-5 is not longer so relevant in the Information Age, and that there are many ways to operate, to earn, and to do what we love.
Owning Your Own Shadow
by Robert A. Johnson
If you are troubled by the darker side of yourself, this book is an eye-opener. Johnson encourages us to look at our ‘shadow’ not as an enemy but as an integral part of us, and one that can help us to grow into ourselves. When we embrace our shadow and nurture it in healthy ways, we no longer suffer from its effects.
The Rules of Wealth
by Richard Templar
In this book we are presented with around 100 short passages or ‘rules’ to live by in order to build and look after our wealth. With sections on Thinking Wealthy, Getting Wealthy, Staying Wealthy and Sharing Your Wealth, Templar takes us through the full process to becoming someone who can earn and handle wealth. This is one of my go-to books, and I often cite Rule #4.
The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle
Absolutely seminal book on Presence, but not one for those who aren’t “ready”. I, personally, made about three false starts on this book, never really getting it; but simultaneously understanding that there was an important message in there. On my fourth try, some three years after first buying it, I lapped it up and my life has never been the same.