Inspiration

I’ve spent the last few years buried in work, with barely enough time to look after myself, let alone read. I’ve taken the opportunity over the past few months to change that. Reading fulfills the mind and the soul, and it’s so important for me to find the time. Not just books, but articles as well.

I used to spend my evenings reading magazines. Now I read online. I find so many great articles and sites through Twitter (and if you’re on Twitter, you can follow me here). I’ve also read some amazing books lately which I want to share. I always look for other people’s reading list, so hopefully someone will learn something from mine!

Some of the books, articles and sites relate to motivation, some inspiration, and some career and business. If you have suggestions for books I should be reading, please leave a comment and let me know.

I’ll be adding to this list, so check back often.

Books

Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk – if you want motivation to start your own business, or start something you’ve been delaying, this book is great motivation. A quick read, and well worth it.

Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson – Great inspiration to get you thinking about how we can work differently. Not just for the business owner, but great if you have a job as well. A quick read, and one of my favourite books.

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh – Um, this one’s not available until June 7. But I get to brag a little bit because I have my own advanced copy that I won for being a blogger! Amazing inspiration for finding what matters to you and standing for it. Really clarified for me the type of culture that I want, and how I can create it. Fantastic book, and I will be reviewing it when it’s released.

Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson – this is essentially how I’ve been eating the past few weeks, and I feel awesome. I’m not quite as disciplined, but have cut out grains as a result of reading this book, and have increased my healthy fats. This book definitely is food for thought! Mark also has a blog called Mark’s Daily Apple, which you can read if you’re not ready to buy the book. I’ve been reading it for about a year now.

Unleashed by Brad Pattison – a great book for the dog owner. Explains how you can better understand your dog and develop a better bond. I was trained by Brad, and follow his methods, and this book is definitely worth it (and I’m saying this all on my own!).

Websites and online articles

Rock your day – sign up for Dave’s weekly kick in the butt. General get off ur ass motivation for whatever is holding you back. I love every article he writes. Sign up for Dave’s More Time Now free ebook – a great perspective on time management, and who can’t use help managing their time!

The 4 Hour Workweek blog – Interesting perspective from Tim Ferriss on how you can work less and have the life you want. I’m currently reading the book (thanks for the reco Marsha!) and will post up my short review when I’m done. But the blog has some interesting perspective as well.

The Best Way to get Motivated – interesting article that talks about finding your intrinsic motivators, rather than extrinsic, as intrinsic motivators are more rewarding and therefore stronger. Perhaps some of the dog trainers who advocate the use of treats should read this?

3 Tips to get past your block – love the first one – don’t believe your own bullshit. Classic. And so true.

The Happiness Project – Gretchen set out to discover what make people happy, and the blog turned into a best selling book (which I haven’t bought yet!). I’ve been asking myself the same question, and this blog has plenty of food for thought.

The Bobby McFerrin Plan for creativity -not sure why, but when I think of Bobby McFerrin, I think of The Cosby Show (and thank god it’s not that annoying song!). Think he made a guest appearance. Well, Bobby’s still around and redefining the concert experience. Love this thinking and great inspiration to think differently about almost anything.

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