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Episode 48: Reading 52 Books a Year

I was in San Diego in February at a Brendon Burchard event (my last one pre covid).

I was just coming off the back of a break up and wasn't in a good space so I'd headed out to San Diego to get some space, reflection time and motivate myself into a new version of me.

It was during Brendon's epic HPX event that he mentioned that for the past decade he's read a book a week and it had changed his life.

What Did Reading a Book a Week Change?

So many of the worlds most successful men and women are prolific readers.

Warren Buffet who is the worlds best known investor with a fortune of $80 billion is known to read 5-6 hours per day.

I remember thinking to myself as I listened to Brendon "That sounds pretty easy to me"(I was thinking crazy I'm sure!).

I've always loved reading from a young age and over the past 2 decades I've studied for a bachelor degree and a post graduate degree whilst working full time.

So I not only loved reading and learning, I knew how to do it fast (remember last minute exam cramming?).

For those who aren't familiar with Brendon, he is a world leading coach, trainer and writer. He started with absolutely nothing and has multiple successful businesses now.

I ask my clients when they say that they want something out of their life. "Who's done it well already?". Then I ask them; "Can you find out how they did it and model them?"

So I figured if it was good enough for the likes of Brendon Burchard and Warren Buffett, then it's sure as heck good enough for me!

So back in February I set out to read a book a week for a year and I've documented my entire journey for you.

So has it changed my life? YES!!!!!! But how so....?

Even the very first book I read of the year ended up changing my whole being. It changed how I thought about things and what I thought about.

And almost every book thereafter shifted at least one part of me

I read about money, mindset, psychology, love, energy, health, living longer, the universe, war, online businesses, sales and marketing, setting intentions, magic and much much more....

So I know the question you have.....was it easy to read a book a week?

No it really wasn't.

Even being an avid reader and a speed reader at that plus with a pandemic going on when I've had so much more time at home than normal, it still wasn't easy.

But the incredible thing is that I've found nothing else that shifted me more in just 1 year than doing this.

So I've documented my year long journey for you.

So pull up a cuppa and get cosy.

There's some gold contained in here that might also begin to change your life

For ease of reading I've kept them in the order I naturally read them. This is because some books led me on to explore the topic more.

Also to help you pick out the ones I loved the most, I've put *** next to my Top 15. These were the ones that impacted me the most. They may have the same effect on you.

My year of reading a book a week began with just one book in my here goes....

1. Mirror Work - Louise Hay ***

I don't even remember how I got my hands on this, I just knew that I wanted to read it.

It's a 21 day program where you have a focus for each day which is inner shadow work (the things that we hold on to from our pasts which tend to hold us back). It includes affirmations, visualisations and an audio to listen to each day.

In all honesty I felt like a bit of an idiot talking to myself in the mirror to begin with but by day 3 I'd already experienced a shift in how I saw myself.

The biggest exercise I remember is when she gets you to visualise yourself as a 5 year old. You then take care of that 5 year old version of you. This shifted everything for me.

I can honestly say that this book partly helped save my life. It gave me an anchor during my darkest days of grief, despair, hopelessness and the feeling of overwhelm I felt coming out of a breakup, a breakdown, death, infertility and everything in-between.

It felt like a book of pure love and this has now become my most gifted book. This is powerful and a must read for every single person on the planet.

2. Yes Man - Danny Wallace

Jim Carey is in the film version of this. It's a book about a guy stuck in the rut of saying "No", that decides one day to start saying "Yes" to literally anything and everything.

A really funny lighthearted read when you want your mood lifted.

3. Spirit Babies - Walter Makichen

I was in Holland for the weekend when my friend gave me this to read.

She knew I'd had many years of trying unsuccessfully to have a baby and she'd just gone through a miscarriage herself.

It focuses on energy, healing and creating the right environment for your unborn baby. I read it from cover to cover while I was there.

It made me feel like I had more control over my infertility issues which was a comfort.

4. The 5 Love Languages - Gary Chapman ***

This book is one of those books you wish someone had told you about years ago! I remember saying to my partner at the time "I want you to show you that you love me not just say it". Little did I know that him saying it was his love language (Words of Affirmation) and mine I wanted evidence of it (Acts of Service).

I've had some amazing relationships and some not so great ones too. I feel that this book now allows me to realise that not everyone sees or shows love in the same way.

A relationship life changer. Get this book if you're single or in a relationship, it will help.

5. O's Little Guide To Starting Over - Oprah Magazine Editors

I love anything Oprah so I was delighted to get this book in my hands. She (or her editors) always offer such sage easy to understand life advice.

This was an easy to digest book which feels like eating a piece of chocolate. Comfort and a smile all in one.

6. The Motivation Manifesto - Brendon Burchard

Being at Brendon Burchard's event in February got me started on my reading journey so I couldn't NOT include him!

This book was a nice read, an easy introduction into Brendon's learnings. His more recent High Performing Habits has more impact if that's what you're aiming for.

7. The Fast 800 - Michael Moseley

I met Dr Michael Mosley at an event in January where I got this book. For those not in the UK he is a prominent doctor who has a focus on nutrition and health. He developed the 5:2 diet (5 days of eating normally and 2 days fasting).

My focus this year was definitely on health so this was a really interesting read. I have since tried both intermittent fasting (the fast 800) and the 5:2 diet and find both approaches really useful to stay fit and well.

This book gives us a nice introduction to another way of eating.

8. Launch - Jeff Walker

I'd come across Jeff Walker through my mentor and he's well known for his online launches which has made him a millionaire.

Despite his wealth and now fame, this book is grounded as I think he would still be. So it's not showy or flash in any way. He literally talks you through an online launch step by step.

If you have an online business and you sell anything, this is definitely worth a read.

9. A New Earth - Eckhart Toll

I've read one of Eckhart Tolles books before and they are really philosophical. His writing always makes me feel calm.

If you feel like you need a shake up and a wake up in life, then this is a good book to do just that.

10. The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

This was a really hard read about WWII and the experiences of a man that was in Auschwitz. I had previously read Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl and his focus on having hope no matter what was happening externally kept him alive.

This is of a similar vein and I felt compelled to read it during our own version of lockdown during the pandemic. A tough read but historically important.

11. Crushing It - Gary Vee

Gary Veynerchuk is like marmite, you either love him or you hate him! Despite him at first appearing very masculine and showy, I've got to really enjoy his videos and quotes.

Despite him doing the opposite of most of the things I stand for such as suggesting you work 20 hour days I really enjoyed this book and 90% of what he says.

He gives most of his things away for free, he fails fast and he's teaching our next generation to go out there and get what they want out of life. I can't diss him for that. A good read for masculine energies amongst us that want to hustle.

12. Quantum Healing - Deepak Chopra

This one took me almost 6 weeks to read!! It is SUPER technical and takes some brain power. BUT I feel that the quantum field is very physics and scientific so it was needed.

Read this one if you're already advanced in the energy space.

13. Dotcom Secrets - Russell Brunson

This was my second read of this book since Russell Brunson did an update. He's the owner of Clickfunnels which is now a billion dollar company he built from scratch.

He talks about marketing, ideal clients, the results you want your clients to have, online sales, psychology and scaling your business.

If you have any online business presence AT ALL, this is a MUST READ.

14. You Are A Badass - Jen Sincero

So many people told me to read this and I'm glad I did! Jen has the ability to write with a style that is lighthearted and makes you laugh out loud while you're reading.

Because of my many years in the personal development field I didn't learn anything new from her book, but if you are a beginner then this would be a great book to start you off.

15. Perfect Health - Deepak Chopra ***

My 2nd Deepak Chopra book of the year and WOW!!

It's truly unbelievable that he wrote this over 20 years ago and the things he talks about are still so cutting edge. He talks about how we can eat our way to health, the movements we can do and how we can live a totally different life to how we are currently in the West.

I still see this guy going live on Facebook most days and he is prolific in releasing new content and books. His energy levels show that he really must have perfect health.

Despite its age, this book is an absolute MUST READ.

16. The Go Giver - Bob Burg & David Mann

This was so close to making my Top 15! Instead of us being obsessed with "getting" things, relationships, money, success and the like. The authors talk about us giving instead.

When we give to others, either our knowledge or the things we have, our lives can totally turn around. I posted this picture on Facebook and the author commented on the thread! He really is leading by example and giving so much to others.

A great read.

17. This is Marketing - Seth Godin

I'd heard AMAZING things about both this book and the author but by half way through I was super bored! I'm not sure if it's because I absolutely love Russell Brunson's marketing books (see above) that I didn't like Seth's approach or not?

But I didn't like it and didn't feel I gained much from it.

18. The Law of Attraction - Esther & Jerry Hicks ***

I considered myself a novice manifestor and my law of attraction knowledge was minimal.

I'd previously read and loved a Gabby Bernstein book which gave me an introduction to this world, but I was interested in finding out more about the subject. So I went to a book that was recommended to me time and time again.

I was honestly BLOWN AWAY by this book! It gave me my first real understanding of the world of energy, attraction and manifestation. The idea that thoughts become things was something that I was aware of.

I'd had 5 years of what I considered "bad luck" with a whole host of things within my life, but I realised reading this book that I'd inadvertently manifested all of it. One negative thought led to one negative action which then led to another negative thought and before I knew it I was spiralling downwards faster than I was able to get out of.

Reading this book has helped me to get out of that spiral, get control back over my thoughts and begin to manifest my dream life. LOVED IT!!

19. 108 Proven Split Test Winners - Russell Brunson

This was an E-Book which took me ages to get my hands on. Another absolute belter by Russell Brunson (see above for Dotcom Secrets).

This book teaches the nitty gritty of setting up sales pages for your online business. What works, what doesn't and how just changing one word or colour on a page can completely change the outcome of your sales.

If you understand what a funnel is or have an online business then this is a great read.

20. Double Your Profits in 6 Months or Less - Bob Fifer

I spent almost 20 years doing exactly this for big corporate businesses. I would go in, assess what they were doing well and what they weren't. Then I would get down to making changes in their organisations. These changes usually focused on making changes to processes that either wasted time (it's how we've always done it) to streamlining and automating.

If you're interested in doing the same for your business this is a great read to get you started.

21. The Power of Intention - Dr Wayne Dyer

Even though I'd heard of Dr Wayne Dyers work for YEARS, this was actually my very first read of his work. This book focuses on affirmations and having intentions.

This book actually switched out my thinking from having "goals" to having "intentions" which was very powerful for me. It's now about setting beautiful intentions and enjoying the whole journey rather than just setting a goal and doing everything possible to get to the end as quickly as possible.

This was a great read, I absolutely loved it!

22. Live Big - Ahoy Nawalkha

If you've heard of Mindvalley then this author is one of the creators of that.

An absolutely great introduction book into thinking bigger than you currently are (probably).

If you're new to the world of changing your life, read this one.

23. Girl Wash Your Face - Rachel Hollis

Rachel is HUGE in the personal development space and as someone who works with women I love to see women doing well.

This book feels like she's talking directly to you, it feels really like your best friend is talking to you when she gives you both a hug and a slap around the face.

A really good one if you're feeling lost, lonely or not sure where to head next.

24. Time Warrior - Steve Chandler

Steve Chandler is a well known coach and I'd read and loved two of his other books (The Prosperous Coach and When Boats Rise) so I was excited to read this.

This one didn't really float my boat, I didn't learn much and I found it a bit "meh". His other two books I'd read before were much better and I'd recommend them if you're in the coaching, training or mentoring world.

25. E2 - Pam Grout

This book centres around energy and actually doing experiments to test it rather than just talking about it.

As part of one of the experiments, I'd asked for something unexpected with in 48 hours and I ended up receiving the most beautiful card and plant from an old school friend!

A great lighthearted read to test the energy field and the way you manifest.

26. The 4 Hour Work Week - Tim Ferris ***

As the queen of automating and streamlining businesses this was right up my street.

Reading Tim Ferris' work has literally changed my life! When everyone else seemed to talk about hustle and the 5am club, Tim comes up with this.

Going through my own burnout made me reassess how, when and why I work on the things I do and Tim's work is so refreshing in the 20th century that seems obsessed with being busy.

Tim's since said he doesn't work 4 hours a week (but you can) and he's ended up building a $100 million dollar empire from this book. So he's onto something.

He seems super normal, really fun and this read will absolutely change the way you do things. READ IT!