There are so many personal development books, blogs and programmes out there that it can be difficult to know where to start.

So to help you, I’ve selected some of the material that I have found powerful, useful and interesting, and included some that have been recommended to me too.

I hope you enjoy them!



Amy Cuddy : Presence

Don’t fake it till you make it, fake it until you become it – the essential guide to improving your body language.

How can we be our strongest selves in life’s most challenging situations? We often approach these situations – job interviews, difficult conversations, speaking up for ourselves – with anxiety and leave them with regret. Moments that require us to be genuine and powerful instead cause us to feel phoney and powerless, preventing us from being our best selves. Harvard professor Amy Cuddy shows us we need to stop worrying about the impression we’re making on others, and instead change the impression we’re making on ourselves.

Malcolm Gladwell : Outliers : The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever.

Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary?

In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and far more fascinating, than we could ever have imagined.

Steve Peters : The Chimp Paradox

Do you sabotage your own happiness and success? Are you struggling to make sense of yourself? Do your emotions sometimes dictate your life?

The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Prof Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can:
- Recognise how your mind is working
- Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts
- Manage yourself and become the person you would like to be

Angela Duckworth :Grit: Why Passion and Resilience are the Secrets to Success

In this must-read for anyone seeking to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth takes us on an eye-opening journey to discover the true qualities that lead to outstanding achievement. Winningly personal, insightful and powerful, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that – not talent or luck – makes all the difference.

 Cheryl Sandberg : Lean In

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

How about a magazine subscription to see you through the winter months? And a great Christmas present! Try Psychologies magazine: Full of great articles on Wellbeing, Happiness, Positive Psychology, Health, Nutrition, with great guest interviews and contributions. For example,  the December issue has an interview with George Clooney talking about anger, respect and responsibility – what’s not to like?!



Retreat : Meditations from a Monastery – BBC Four

A recent BBC series which goes on a search of inner peace in three Benedictine monasteries. Still available on the iplayer.

Mel Robbins : Become the person you want to be

It takes just five seconds to use this tool, and every time you do, you’ll be in great company. More than 8 million people have watched Mel’s TEDx Talk, and executives inside of the world’s largest brands are using the tool to increase productivity, collaboration, and engagement.

In The 5 Second Rule, you’ll discover it takes just five seconds to:
Become confident
Break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt
Beat fear and uncertainty
Stop worrying and feel happier
Share your ideas with courage



Eat Sleep Work Repeat

A lively weekly podcast about happiness and work culture. Hosted by @brucedaisley

All in the Mind

BBC Radio 4 : A programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind. Listen to the podcast


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