Reading suggestions

Here are some books you might find helpful. Most of them are ones that I’ve come across and read (in print or ebook), but some might be recommendations from other people that I haven’t yet checked out for myself. The list will grow as I come across more good stuff.

Many of these are affiliate links, meaning that I get some benefit if you buy after clicking through. But they’re listed because I think they’re helpful.


Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell (and Live) the Best Stories Will Rule the Future by Jonah Sachs. Looks at how old models of marketing and promotion are dying off, and telling the best stories has become the key to influencing people.

Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should: Updated Second Edition (Let’s Get Publishing Book 1) by David Gaughran. Argues that ebooks are gradually taking over the publishing market, talks about how to self-publish them, and gives a load of case studies from authors who have.


The Motivation Manifesto: 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power by Brendon Burchard. A great read, modelling the style of revolutionary writings to encourage you on to the track of a more energised life making a greater contribution to the world. Also available for a limited time through an offer at – just pay $7 shipping and get the book plus a linked video course.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield. The original book identifying ‘resistance’ as the psychological force that tries to stop you creating and traps you in fear and self-doubt. The life of the pro is to fight it every day.

Keeping Your Spirits Up by Sarah Dale. A psychologist and coach giving practical guidance on remaining calm, focused and in good physical and psychological health as we do our work.

Heart-centred business

The Business You Were Born to Create by Nick Williams. Finding the work that you were born to do, overcoming fear and resistance, and being an authentic leader to your tribe.

The Millionaire Messenger: Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice by Brendon Burchard. Talks about the ‘expert industry’ – how more and more people are making a living sharing what they know. Blends personal development and practicalities to help you get started.

Screw Work, Let’s Play: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid for it by John Williams. Subtitled “How to do what you love and get paid for it”, it’s about creating a work life based on doing what you enjoy and are good at and does a good job of rounding up John’s coaching experience in a positive, readable style.


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