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I have only included books I have read and refer to often. They’re in no particular order. Let yourself be curious and choose whatever looks interesting, because that’s the book you’re meant to read next!
This is the best book I’ve ever read about figuring out what you were meant to do, because it’s the best book I’ve ever read about figuring out who you are meant to be. If you’re just starting out on your journey of self-discovery, I highly recommend starting with this one.
My copy of “Callings” looks like a Baptist preacher’s bible: dog eared, underlined, and flagged with dozens of colorful Post-It® flags. Densely packed with wisdom and inspiration, this practical book will change the way you think about meaningful work. Gregg (and I’ll call him Gregg, now that we’re Facebook friends) generously shares stories, references other important writers’ work, and overdelivers on the promise and premise of his book. Members of my tribe will be inspired and uplifted by this handbook for “translating a calling into action.”
I don’t blame anyone for being skeptical about the “five of this” and “seven of that” list-based books. That’s an eye-roller for me, too. But five seconds with these important tenets of conscious leadership convinced me that this book had more to offer than I could have imagined. It contains a model for living consciously at work and at home that I use daily to keep myself from spinning off track. If you’re working on integrity, this is the best handbook I’ve seen. Whether you’re the leader of your company, your family or your self, this book should be kept within reach.
by Rosamund Zander and Ben Zander
“On the Same Page” book club book selection for March 2013–this book introduces useful practices for learning to see more possibilities and fewer obstacles as you navigate through work, relationships and life.
by Roman Krznaric
The School of Life is dedicated to exploring life’s big questions: How can we fulfill our potential? Can work be inspiring? Why does community matter? Can relationships last a lifetime? We don’t have all the answers, but we will direct you toward a variety of useful ideas—from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts—that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish, and console.
by Julia Cameron
by Brené Brown
I had no idea, until I read this book, how much shame I’ve been living with, and it has transformed the way I think about myself and the way I go about my daily life. Shame keeps us small, and vulnerability, while risky, opens us up to a more connected and courageous life. Daring Greatly is our mid-summer “On the Same Page” book club selection.
by Danielle LaPorte
by Karla McLaren
by Gail Larsen
This book is about far more than public speaking–it’s about how to tell your story in an authentic way. And if you’re not sure what your story is, this is the book to start with. It helped me name my “Original Medicine,” which guides every discussion about my work, and every item on my to-do list.
by Brené Brown
I think the title says it all. For those of us who exhaust ourselves in relentless pursuit of the perfect–the perfect home, perfect parenting, perfect work performance, perfect skin–here’s permission, in fact, encouragement, to talk about what you think your imperfections say about you. By dealing directly with the shame and vulnerability that our humanness bestows on us, we can learn to let go of the suffering we cause ourselves when we feel like we’re a disappointment, or that we’re “less than” others.
by Katherine Woodward Thomas
If I was to write the definitive “how-to” book on letting go of old beliefs and behaviors that stand in the way of finding the relationship of a lifetime, it would include just about everything in this book. I use it to coach clients who are confused about why they’re not finding the one lifelong partner they’ve been hoping for, or why they repeat patterns of unhealthy entanglements. Even if you’re not searching for love, this book has a ton of wisdom for living an authentic and happy life.
by Martha Beck
If you’re ready to believe that there are forces in the universe that support your most cherished dreams–you know, the ones that you’ve had since you were a kid but are afraid to tell anyone about now, because you’d sound like a, well, a child–this book gives you permission (and techniques) to make those dreams come true. Whether you really wanted to be a circus performer, or a courtroom lawyer, or a cupcake impresario, finding out the truth about who you really are and engaging the energy of the universe to conspire in your favor can change your life forever.
by Daniel Pink
by Jill Bolte-Taylor
by Martha Beck
If you’ve already got a sense that forces bigger than yourself are creating the energy and possibility for you to live a happy, connected and deeply satisfying life, Martha’s latest book will teach you new techniques for making space for your life’s path to reveal itself with a sense of ease and calmness. With a balance of practicality and “woo-woo,” Martha tells you how to take action to recognize your true identity, and find the like-minded people who will love and support you on your life’s journey.
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