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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  – Dr Seuss

Self-awareness and ongoing personal development are founding principles of Work-Life Balance Management and this means reading and learning – lots of it! The following books have been recommended because they have meant something to me, I hope you think the same.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Mark Manson

Don’t let the title fool you; this book is about prioritising what matters to you and ensuring these are the things you dedicate yourself too (or give a f*ck about ;). Mark is a straight talker, deep thinker with a foul mouth so if you struggle with the heading you’re probably going to cringe even more with the book itself. If you can put this aside though there are lots to learn and I wholeheartedly adopt his beliefs that life isn’t supposed to be all sunshine and lollipops. It sucks at times, but that’s the point. That’s life, and that’s how we learn and grow.


The Barefoot Investor

Scott Pape

This easy-to-read book simplifies budgeting, superannuation and future planning. Scott assists the reader with the creation of short & long term goals with clear, actionable steps that will help you achieve your financial aspirations. Self-coaching techniques are instilled along the way with ‘date-nights’ (engaging support), celebrations (goal achievement) and reviews to maintain momentum along the way.
Scott not only provides financial education but works to create self-confidence in its readers.


Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

In 1991 the US Library of Congress asked its readers to name a “book that made a difference in your life”, this book was rated as one of the ten most influential books in America. Once you read it you’ll soon see why.

This is Viktor’s memoir chronicling his time in some concentration camps in WW2 including Auschwitz and how includes his theory ‘logotherapy’. Based on his own and others experiences, as well as his psychiatric training Viktor’s theory, is based that we don’t need pleasure for contentment, but we need to find meaning in our lives and a sense of purpose. I loved how that he acknowledged this purpose and meaning is not fixed and can be situational or time focused.

Mindset – The New Psychology of Success

Carol S. Dweck

If you’ve ever wondered what the ‘Growth Mindset’ actually means and how it aids in personal development and success, then this is the book for you.
Carol’s studies demonstrate it’s not what we are presented with in life that is the issue, it is our response to it. The growth mindset is about realising you are not complete and fixed as a person, you’re a work in progress, and every situation provides a means of learning and growth.