Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success by John C. Maxwell
Maxwell argues that the difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.
He demonstrates that star performers are often those who aggressively push forward after encountering adversity and provides examples.
You can see his mindset play out in athletes, tech companies and many others as those who encounter failure find a way to learn from it, improve and move forward.
The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage by Ryan Holiday
We give up too easily.
Ryan Holiday’s book shows why we should see our challenges as calls to action, showing us the way forward rather than blocking our path.
This book draws heavily on the Stoics and has proven particularly popular in the NFL, where doing the impossible is not only desired but expected.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
“Think of The War of Art as tough love… for yourself.”
Pressfield tells us how to defeat ‘The Resistance’ that blocks our way forward. His advice is intended for creative endeavours but is widely applicable, whether your goals are financial, physical or artistic.
A hugely helpful book to help you tackle your big challenges.
Flow: The Psychology of Happiness: The Classic Work on How to Achieve Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi examines what brings people alive, why they feel a sense of great concentration and enjoyment and how to get into that state more regularly.
The flow state is one where you’ll feel not only most engaged with what you’re doing, but when you feel most alive and content.
Mastering flow is possible and this book will help you to harness its incredible power.
The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle
Super practical guide to improving any skill.
Coyle wrote The Talent Code and has collated his discoveries into this book, designed to help you maximise yourself.
There are 52 tips that will help improve any skill. Whatever it is you want to do, The Little Book of Talent will help you get after it.
Micromastery: 39 Little Skills to Help You Find Happiness by Robert Twigger
Robert Twigger is a real polymath – an author, poet, adventure traveler and apprentice micromaster.
Twigger debunks the 10,000 hours theory, pointing out that many successful people including Nobel Prize winners, spend their free time learning new skills and activities.
Micromastery is his way of approaching learning – you can quickly get a grip on new subjects quickly, then experiment and grow.
It sounds impossible but if you start small, if you start specific, then you’ll be on the path to mastery.
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly addresses something fundamental to pushing past your limits – your lack of self-worth and struggles with shame.
She argues that your vulnerability is in fact a strength and that denying who you are and refusing to face your fears leads to a deep sense of frustration.
If you want to get out of your own way and do great things, this book will help.
Essentialism By Greg McKeown
Greg McKeown teaches us how to do less and achieve more. He argues for the disciplined pursuit of less.
Being an Essentialist is about disciplined thinking, about pursuing the right things rather than havign it all.
You’ll also learn how to use ‘No’ to get closer to what you want. Prioritize yourself and your own goals rather than everyone else’s and start climbing your mountain.
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