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Formal education will make you a living;
self-education will set you free.
"Finding the right book is often a matter of recommendation..."
- Stacey Isham Fairbairns, Co-Founder & CFO
Here are a collection of books, podcasts, videos and other resources that I have found very helpful on my journey as a business leader, mentor, advisor, coach, husband, brother, son and friend. Perhaps you will find something useful for you. I have categorised each resource for your convenience. Let me know if you do find something in particular that resonates with you and feel free to reach out to me on email or social media to discuss any of them. Also, if you have any recommendations for me please do let me know.
Here is to your journey, I know it will be fruitful. Know that you have what it takes to change your life for the better, as my good friend Margie Warrell says, 'you got this', and if all else fails, we are here to help guide you to the best possible version of yourself.
We are consistently adding to this resource library, so do visit again. All of the books, podcasts, online tools and more have been tried and tested by us and we stand by them as great resources to help you in various ways. If you would like to discuss any of these tools or you would like to suggest any to us to consider please send us an email and let us know. After all, finding the right book, or tool is often a matter of recommendation!
by Liz Wiseman
This is a great book that I enjoyed thoroughly. It is aimed toward leaders who wish to understand the importance and benefit of understanding and involving people in your organisation to help drive the best possible results. Great techniques on motivation with practical steps of what to try. I personally loved chapters 5 & 6. Available as both hard copy as well as audio-book.
Start With Why
by Simon Sinek
The first time I came across Sinek's concept it revolutionised the way I approached business, constructed and led teams. This is one not to miss and can be applied to personal situations, not only business. All you need do is watch the clip below to get an idea and if that does not motivate you to buy the book, then it is not for you.
Who Moved My Cheese?
by Dr Spencer Johnson
Who Moved My Cheese is a clever story about two mice called Hem and Haw and it outlines fantastic ways to deal with change in your work and in your life, This great story can be enjoyed by children but is aimed at adults. The lessons in here are timeless and will serve you well in dealing with change in your life. Something that rocks us all at one point or another.
You Got This
by Margie Warrell
Margie impacted me deeply. I was going through a tough time, I was at a crossroads and this book, recommended to me by my amazing mum, got to the core of issues. What I love about Margie is that she presents facts, it is well researched and on point. It is not a 'happy-clappy' self help book. It is a practical guide illustrating that with a bit of intention and self-belief you and I have indeed got this. Highly recommend this book if you are standing at the precipice of change, order it now!
Johnathan Livingston Seagull
by Richard Bach
I have had this book since I was a small child. It is one that I hold very dear to my heart, one that I give to everyone that I meet who I believe can benefit from it, which is pretty much everyone. A book about never giving up, about believing in yourself and all illustrated in a beautiful story about a plucky and dare-devil seagull named Johnathan. You have to get this one, it is a quick read that you can enjoy over and over again.
by Dr. Harry Barry
If you feel as thought your skin is easily penetrated, the words or actions of others, or yourself take you down from the knees sweeping you off your feet, this is the book for you. Dr Harry Barry covers approaches and techniques to reinforce your emotional resilience ultimately giving you a much better appreciation and
experience of life. Dr Barry doesn't know this but he helped me see the sunshine when I was surrounded by storm clouds.
Awaken the Giant Within
by Tony Robbins
I think the title says it all. This book puts a fire up your a** and shows you how to get yourself on track. Tony believes that there is a giant within all of us, much like us here in the Motivate team. It is about appreciating that is the case and unleashing it on the world. It is exciting to think that you have such power and potential. This book will help you uncover it and who knows, maybe rub shoulders with all of the other giants out there.
People Before Things
by Chris Laping
Chris has an infectious personality. He explains concepts in delightfully enjoyable ways bringing his concepts and message across clearly and poignantly. Watch the video below and you will see what I mean. This book is a practical guide to appreciating the human element in the daily activities that we undertake. Whether in the business context, a sports team, a yoga class, a hiking or reading club, the principals apply. You wont regret buying this book.
The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge
by Andy Ramage and Ruari Fairbairns
Our habits in life can often be the defining points of how we are in our greater life. When we introduce healthy habits and routines into our lives we invite a catalyst that will improve your life exponentially. One habit at a time, one day at a time. I highly recommend you read this book and give the 28 day challenge a go, it may just change your life for the better, forever.
Eat That Frog
by Brian Tracy
Brian present us with simple ways to 'eat that frog', to focus on the tasks we have to do, to prioritise them and ultimately achieve more in our lives. In the first chapter Brian talks about the simplicity of the concept, and he is right, it is very simple. The trick is to adopt it into our lives intentionally to form a new habit. I urge you to give this short book a read, or a listen. It has really helped the successful achievement of my goals and daily planning.
This is a free test that was brought to me to give insight on who I am, and I must say I was surprised at the results. It does not depict and exact outline of your personality, how could it? It does however hone in well on the traits that you may embody. Once you have completed the test, there are a wealth of resources to interact with. I have used it with teams and colleagues, even my family. Give it a go and see what you think.
Gallup Strengths Finder
by Don Clifton
It has been common practice for us to focus on the areas where we fall short, that we do not have natural talent or flair, where we see others do well but we do not do quite as well. Don Clifton challenges this by rather saying, use peoples strengths. You will never hone your weaknesses to someone who has that as a strength, so why not enhance individual strengths to create overall collective strength. Makes a lot of sense to us.
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"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go.""
- Dr Seuss
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