Our top five books to read today for a better tomorrow

24 July 2018

There’s nothing like settling in with a good book, especially on a wet winter’s day.

So here are five books that we found inspiring, insightful and informative. They may not change your life, but there’s a chance they’ll inspire a positive change in your daily habits or outlook (at least they did for us). So grab a coffee, find a cozy corner and enjoy.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff ... and It's All Small Stuff

Richard Carlson

It’s the little things in life that drive you crazy - like those people who always put the loo roll on backwards. But as author, Richard Carlson explains, when you learn to keep the small stuff small, you’ll find real happiness and peace of mind.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… looks at how the way we approach everyday situations affects how we behave toward others; from family members to work colleagues. Carlson packages it up into an easy to follow set of principles. It’s all about making the small daily changes - living in the moment, recognising our stress triggers and letting go of negative feelings toward other people.

As Carlson explains, when you treat others well, you won’t just make them happier – you’ll make yourself happier too.

What’s in it for me? Learn to make time for the important things in your life.


Legacy. 15 Lessons in Leadership

James Kerr

Legacy is about how the thinking that created the most successful sporting team in history can create success in your own life.

The story begins in 2004, as the new AB management team, lead by Graham Henry, begins to rebuild the brand from the inside out, based on the idea that 'Better People Make Better ABs'.

James Kerr digs deep into the heart of the AB world, drilling down to 15 practical lessons for sustained success in life and business. We learn the importance of humility (did you know that the AB’s sweep their own dressing room after every game?) and the value of continual improvement - finding incremental gains through doing more in the gym, on the field or for the community. Perhaps most importantly, we learn the meaning of the AB’s mantra: ‘Leave the jersey in a better place’.

Even if you’re not a rugby fan, Legacy will give you a new appreciation for the AB’s and for yourself.

What’s in it for me? Apply the AB’s winning philosophy to your own life.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***

Mark Manson

We all live with the fear of missing out. We just need to miss out on the right things.

As the title suggests, Mark Manson’s message is simple - that constantly striving to fit more into our lives, only makes us more unhappy. When we let go of the things that cause us stress and focus on what really matters, we can really get on with living life.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***  is an easy read and Manson sets out his ideas in a simple and engaging way.  Some of it might be easier said than done, but it’s a timely reminder of the importance of staying grounded and living in the moment.

What’s in it for me? Get more out of life by trying to pack less into it.


The Distraction Addiction

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

How many times have you checked your phone or Facebook today? Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s book has been around since 2013, but it’s even more relevant today. The Distraction Addiction shows how we can stay connected and remain productive in a world of communication overload and shrinking attention spans. The book draws on research by neuroscientists and psychologists, insights from Silicon Valley pioneers and traditional Buddhist philosophy, to offer hands-on advice on how to stay focused and overcome our internet addictions. The advice in this book can be applied to any distraction that holds us back, not just digital ones. It’s a must-read for all of us with internet-addicted kids.

What’s in it for me? Overcome your internet addiction to become more productive.


The Four-Hour Work Week

Tim Ferris

You might have seen this at the bookstore and dismissed it as yet another ‘get rich quick’ scam, but we encourage you to give Tim Ferris’ best-seller a second look.

Ferris lays bare what many of us think, but don’t like to admit; that working eight hours a day, five days a week, until you’re 70 isn’t the best use of your time on Earth. According to the story, Tim Ferris suffered a total burnout in 2004 and was forced to take a break. During his time off, he realised that he could run a profitable business from wherever he was with minimal effort.

So can you really work four hours a week, from anywhere in the world, and earn as much in a month as you currently do in a year? Tim Ferris shows how it’s possible and just a hint – the key word here is outsourcing.

What’s in it for me? Don’t wait for retirement. Start enjoying life today!