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Books have a way of getting you to think differently. To be incredibly grateful for what you have. To be inspired that you could do something more. To be moved by the achievements of others.

This books page features some of my favourite motivational personal and business books, as well as my most-loved inspirational Australian autobiographies and biographies.

I recommend purchasing books from local businesses, either from your local bookstore or online through Booktopia.

I am also excited to announce the launch of my own book - Find my niche. Find my niche is a practical guide to making a living doing the work you love. If you have had dreams of doing something more, but your dreams have always stayed in the future, Find my niche is for you. Find my niche will help you find work that energises you, makes time fly, and is rewarding and worthwhile.

 

'Find my niche' is now available from my shop page. It's also available on Amazon, Booktopia, Barnes & Noble, and more! Get in quick and order your copy now!

You may also like the short video I created for the book - my puppy, Wombat, is the star of the show.

Find my niche Erin Landells
Find my niche
Erin Landells

 

Motivational personal and business books

The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do
The Happiest Refugee
Anh Do

Wherever you are in the world, this story by Anh Do will move you and inspire you to be whatever you want to be. Anh Do tells this story in his own hilarious way and this book will have you laughing and crying at the same time. If you're ever feeling sorry for yourself, read this one!

One Small Step Can Change Your Life
One Small Step Can Change Your Life
Dr. Robert Maurer

Struggling to find time to exercise, start your new book, or make any big change? I love how Dr Maurer breaks things down into the tiniest steps to help everyone make a start. Good insights for coaches here too. You'll soon be asking yourself, 'what is one small step I could take to...'. I used his insights to start doing yoga from youtube at home with my three year old!

Strengths Finder 2.0
Strengths Finder 2.0
Tom Rath

Join the 13 million people who have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder and embrace your strengths! I am in love with the Strengths-based approach (and am also a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach). If you don't know what it's all about, read this book today! Learn about your signature strengths and how focusing on and growing your strengths can positively affect so many aspects of your life. (And if you think some coaching would benefit you, you know who to call....)

Now Discover Your Strengths
Now Discover Your Strengths
Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton

The 2001 book that started the strengths-based revolution. This book will have you buzzing and ready to take on the world! You will start to see your strengths in everything you do! I even see my strengths reflected in my favourite books! (Achiever, Individualization (understanding people's uniqueness), Empathy, Learner, Arranger - see what I mean?!)

The Art of Possibility Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
The Art of Possibility
Rosamund Stone Zander and Ben Zander

One of my all-time favourite books. The Art of Possibility will have you thinking differently about EVERYTHING! The 12 'practices' include 'It's all invented', 'Giving an A' (if you're a teacher, you'll love this one), and 'Being the Board'. Fabulous reading for any professional or business owner.

Flourish Martin Seligman
Flourish
Martin Seligman

Flourish is a life-changing book. It is absolutely jam-packed with Dr Martin Seligman's years of research into positive psychology. Seligman also adopts a Strengths-based approach and his work with schools will have you paying a lot more attention to which school your children attend. Dr Seligman graciously agreed for me to include some of his insights in the Find My Niche book.

Give and Take Adam Grant
Give and Take
Adam Grant

Feeling burnt out? Read this book. I couldn't stop thinking about Give and Take for months after I read it. Professor Grant from Wharton Business School shares his wealth of knowledge and research about how our generosity, or lack of it, can profoundly affect our lives. You'll think differently about giving and be inspired to be more generous in everything you do. Professor Grant also graciously agreed for me to include some of his insights in the Find My Niche book.

Launch Jeff Walker
Launch
Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker shares his formula for successfully launching a product on a minimal budget - and actually having people buy it! Whether or not you embrace the whole approach, your $30 will be money well spent as it will get you thinking differently about how to launch your business and be successful!

Australian biographies, autobiographies and business stories

Love Your Sister Connie and Samuel Johnson
Love Your Sister
Connie and Samuel Johnson

Feeling sad and sorry for yourself? Read this book and find out how Connie Johnson used her own terrible ordeals with cancer (three separate times) to enrich the lives of the people around her, including her brother Samuel Johnson. Will make you cry (probably weep), be truly thankful for everything you have, and look for ways to support this important cause. If you think you know their story from watching The Project, trust me - there's a lot more to it.

The Secrets of my Success by Janine Allis
The Secrets of My Success
Janine Allis

Janine Allis provides highly practical and accessible insights into her life and how she started Boost. I love reading about young mums who built something amazing. Janine's story will show you how much work it is to have it all - this is no fairytale! Have a read and find out so much more about this great Australian success story.

Live What You Love by Naomi Simson
Live What You Love
Naomi Simson

I love what Naomi has to say about how she started her business and her philosophies on life. Another inspirational woman who started her business when she had a young family with the belief that this would be a more family-friendly option! Good to read BEFORE you start your own business! You'll be inspired - and also going into it with your eyes wide open!

The Long Road to Overnight Success by Shane Jacobson
The Long Road to Overnight Success
Shane Jacobson

We all know him as Kenny. In this book, you find out the real story behind Kenny and Shane Jacobson's life. Like many other books here, you'll learn so many new things and find yourself asking everyone 'Did you know that Kenny.....?' Also, Shane lives in the inner west of Melbourne. I love to support a local who has shown that anything is possible!

Mao's Last Dancer Li Cunxin
Mao's Last Dancer
Li Cunxin

If you've seen Li Cunxin speak in person, you've probably already bought his book! If you haven't, this is an amazing read! Find out how Li Cunxin was miraculously selected from a tiny Chinese village to be a ballet dancer and what he made of his life because of this opportunity. This book will inspire you to work hard and achieve your dreams, and of course, be incredibly grateful for everything you have.

Fair Cop by Christine Nixon
Fair Cop
Christine Nixon

This is one of those books where you think you know the full story, but you find out there was so much more to it! I truly admire a woman who could rise through the ranks of the New South Wales Police Force at the time that Christine did. Christine gets a bad time in the press, but her story will inspire you to reach for your dreams and tackle problems head-on. Christine also graciously agreed for me to include some of her inspirational quotes in the Find My Niche book.

A Long Way Home Saroo Brierley
A Long Way Home
Saroo Brierley

As I write these reviews, I can see that I love to read almost unbelievable stories where people have overcome incredible adversity to be where they are now. This story of how five-year old Saroo Brierley became lost in India, survived, was adopted by a Tasmanian couple, and then managed to find his childhood home twenty five years later based on his memories as a frightened five year old will leave you absolutely amazed.