My top 5 books for business and life

In case you’ve somehow missed all the tweets and Facebook posts, my new book Do Less, Get More is coming out soon! Of course I’m so excited about this, but it also got me thinking about the books that have inspired me throughout the years. Here are five books that have had a huge impact on my life and business:

The Magic of Thinking Big, David Schwartz

I read the Magic of Thinking Big when I was 18 and it totally changed my life. You can achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life — just by changing the way you think. So set your goals high… and use this book to exceed them!

Thrive, Ariana Huffington

I got 102 pages into this book and decided to change my life permanently. It was a huge wake up call for me to move out of the straightjacket of busyness I had put around myself, AND it inspired me to rewrite about 70% of Do Less, Get More six weeks before I was supposed to have it to the publisher! Highly, highly recommend.

The 80:20 Principle, Richard Koch

This book totally changed my approach to productivity and how I structure my time. The fact that 80 per cent of results flow from 20 per cent of causes — also called the 80/20 principle — is the one true principle of highly effective people and organisations. This book shows how you can achieve much more with much less effort, time and resources, simply by concentrating on that all-important 20 per cent.

Jolt, Richard Tyler

I love any book that’s written to be a kick in the pants (cough, cough), but this is one of my favourites. Written by my good friend Richard Tyler, Jolt is great for breaking you out of old, mediocre patterns and mindsets so that you can live a truly extraordinary life.

What They Don’t Teach you At Harvard Business School, Mark McCormack

I absolutely love this book because it fills the gap between business school education and street knowledge. Basically it teaches you how to hack business. It covers analysing yourself and others, sales, negotiation, time management, decision-making and communication.