“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
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While some read to escape into the world of fiction, others seek to find direction and motivation in real life, especially when their current sitch is more stuck-in-a-rut instead of #killingit.
We got the Share Space crew together to share their favourite inspirational reads – both professional and personal – that will serve as a beacon of light when you feel like you’ve lost your way (or could use a hefty dose of feel-good, useful advice).
The War of Art by Steve Pressfield
Struggling to express your creativity? If you answered a big fat “YESOMGHALP”, then get your hands on this book pronto. The War of Art is a short, no-nonsense guide to pushing through creative roadblocks of all kinds, with Pressfield highlighting “resistance” as the greatest enemy, and offering unique and helpful ways to quash it like a boss.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big on magic indeed. Elizabeth Gilbert – aka the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love – shares stories from her own life and those of people who have inspired her in this #1 New York Times’ Bestseller, which challenges readers to explore and embrace curiosity, face our fears, and tackle what we most love in our own journey to inspiration, creativity, and above all, a fulfilling life.
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
Fear schmear, says Gay Hendricks. Okay, so maybe those aren’t exactly his words in The Big Leap, but what you will find is some hard-hitting, thought-provoking insight into self-sabotage and why we limit ourselves (both professionally and personally), and how every one of us has the power to eliminate these barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs.
Remarkability by Lorraine Murphy
You know you’re in for some damn good entrepreneurial advice when it’s coming from the founder of Australia’s first dedicated influencer talent agency in Australia, The Remarkables Group. In her book, Remarkability, Lorraine Murphy shares lessons from her own entrepreneurship journey, dishing out solid advice and strategies paving the way to success (hint: it ain’t made up of huge leaps forward, but small, habitual actions completed on a day-to-day basis).
Die Empty by Todd Henry
Named by the editors at Amazon.com as one of the best business books of 2013, Die Empty hits you in the feels like a slap in the face. The concept: Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you.
Most of us live with the idea that we’ve always got tomorrow, using that as an excuse to put off challenging tasks. But, reality check: tomorrows eventually run out, and instead of remaining in a state of stagnation, Henry encourages you to embrace the fact that time is actually finite, and instead of being mediocre, you can push through these mental barriers and cultivate a mindset that allows you to be your best, every day, and in every way.
The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
Before delving in, it’s important to know the mythological story of Icarus, the son of craftsman Daedalus. Legend has it that Daedalus created two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son, warning him not to fly too close to the sun. Obviously, excitement hit nek-level for Icarus, and despite his father’s warnings, he did fly too close, causing the wax to melt and him to drown into the Aegean sea.
But what most people forget – and what this business mogul poignantly points out in his book – is the other part of the story, where Icarus was also warned not to fly too low because sea water would ruin the lift in his wings.
Likening this to a so-called safety zone that’s been created by corporate and cultural myths in today’s world, Godin challenges us to look past conformity and comfort, encouraging us to form an attitude that all work (no matter if you’re an artist or customer service rep) is a form of art, and how you can bring your best self to your craft.
Essential: Essays by The Minimalists
If you think being a minimalist is about getting rid of all your shit and wearing the same black-and-white attire every day, then you’re in for a rude (but pleasant) awakening, friend. A compilation of Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus’ most relevant essays from their website, Essential: Essays by The Minimalists is an easy yet thoughtful read for anyone looking to add more intention and meaning into their life, covering all life aspects from decluttering and finances, to passion, health, and relationships.
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Practical, useful, and free of fluff, The Slight Edge is serving up an entirely new way of thinking and attitude towards the path of success, one that breaks down the hype into simple, daily choices that over time creates life-changing results, using tools that you probably didn’t realise were already within you. #boom
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
Now this baby has been coined not just a book, but an entire movement, where you’re encouraged to rally against conventional perceptions of society, family and culture. Meaty in content and ideas, this bestseller aims to break the shackles of ordinary life, bringing light to the idea that what we know has been shaped over time by condition and habit, and instead of living your life based on limited or outdated beliefs, we have the ability to redefine what happiness, purpose, and success means to us.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
It may be an oldie, but it will forever be a goodie. While it’s more textbook than story style, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has, for many, set a standard character ethic of which to strive for, based on a foundation of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity, ever since it was first published in 1990.