Looking for a good book?

I’m often asked for book recommendations. Here are 10 of my all-time favorites.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear —Elizabeth Gilbert

Don’t let the title fool—or exclude—you. Creative living is not necessarily about being an artist. It’s about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead —Brené Brown

Every day we experience uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure. Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less —Greg McKeown

The answer isn’t better time management or planning, but in taking things off your plate. In embracing less. Less commitment. Less spread-too-thin. Less scattered “focus”. Less distraction. Less saying “yes”.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success —Carol S. Dweck

Dweck’s research is about a fixed mindset (your qualities are carved in stone) versus a growth mindset (your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts)—and how this simple belief about yourself guides a large part of your success and happiness in life.

Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life  —Barbara Fredrickson

Disdainful of Pollyannaism, Fredrickson provides scientific evidence to illustrate her findings that maintaining a 3:1 positivity ratio of positive thoughts to negative emotions creates a tipping point between languishing and flourishing.

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal —Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz

The number of hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and quality of energy available is not. This fundamental insight has the power to revolutionize the way you live. Managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance as well as to health, happiness, and life balance.

The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit —Amy Johnson

No matter what your bad habit is, you have the power to change it. Drawing on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality, this book will show you that you are not your habits. Rather, your habits and addictions are the result of simple brain wiring that is easily reversed. By learning to stop bad habits at the source, you will take charge of your habits and addictions for good.

The Right Questions: Ten Essential Questions To Guide You To An Extraordinary Life —Debbie Ford

Quite simply, I love this book and reread it every year. I sometimes just pull it from my bookshelf, let the pages fall open, and revisit some gem. Depending on where I am in my life and what I’m struggling with or celebrating, something different resonates.

StrengthsFinder 2.0 —Tom Rath

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? All too often, our natural talents go untapped. We devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than developing our strengths. Be sure to take the online assessment to identify your top 5 talents.

GainControl: How to say goodbye to the friction & energy drain of an overwhelmed life—Jennifer Bailey (that’s me!)

Do you need a life makeover? Wish you had more energy? Long to simplify your life? Living depleted is not a natural state. And feeling overwhelmed is not “just the way it is”. Instead, it’s a big red flag. If you want to take control, be happier, and live with more intention, this book is for you.


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