Inspirational Books

Below are a list of books that have greatly influenced the work that I’m doing now. I have taken something in each of these books and have applied at least once topic in my personal life or professional life – or both!  Book titles below are listed alphabetically by title. (BOLD are my favorites!)

Self-Help/Personal Development

  • Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together (2013) – Pamela Slim
  • How to Change the World (2013) – John-Paul Flintoff
  • Teamworks: Building Support Groups That Guarantee Success (1989) – Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb
  • The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life (2015) – Bernard Roth
  • The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms (2012) – Danielle LaPorte
  • The Success Principles – How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, 2nd edition (2015) – Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer
  • Train Your Brain For Success: Read Smarter, Remember More, and Break Your Own Records (2012) – Roger Seip
  • Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance (2012) – Jonathan Fields
  • What Is Your WHAT?: Discover The One Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do (2013) – Steve Olsher


  • Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters (2010) – Michael Bungay Stanier
  • How to Find Fulfilling Work (2013) – Roman Krznaric
  • MAGIC: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Employee Engagement (2014) – Tracy Maylett and Paul Warner
  • Ready to Be a Thought Leader?: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success (2014) – Denise Brosseau
  • The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do (2015) – Jeff Goins


  • All In Startup: Launching a New Idea When Everything Is on the Line (2014) – Diana Kander
  • Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives (2008) – Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek
  • Own Your Future: How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Thrive in an Unpredictable Economy (2014) – Paul B. Brown
  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future (2012) – Chris Guillebeau


  • Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives (2010) – Alexander W. Astin, Helen S. Astin, and Jennifer A. Lindholm
  • The Art of Self-Directed Learning: 23 Tips for Giving Yourself an Unconventional Education (2014) – Blake Boles
  • The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal (2010) – Parker J. Palmer, Arthur Zajonc, and Megan Scribner


  • Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All (2013) – Tom Kelley and David Kelley
  • How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum (2008) – Keri Smith
  • Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered (2014) – Austin Kleon
  • Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (2012) – Austin Kleon
  • Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books (2006) – Linda Woods and Karen Dinino

Contemplative Practices

  • Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning (2013) – Daniel P. Barbezat and Mirabai Bush.
  • Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness and World Peace (2014) – Chade-Meng Tan, Daniel Goleman, and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Life Coaching

  • Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from the Institute of Life Coach Training, 2nd Edition (2015) – Patrick Williams and Diane S. Menendez
  • Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide to Powerful Asking Skills (2008) – Tony Stoltzfus
  • You Already Know How to Be Great: A Simple Way to Remove Interference and Unlock Your Greatest Potential (2010) – Alan Fine and Rebecca R. Merrill

Children’s Books

  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go (1990) – Dr. Suess
  • The Most Magnificent Thing (2014) – Ashley Spires
  • What Do You Do With an Idea? (2014) – Kobi Yamada
  • What Do You Do With a Problem? (2016) – Kobi Yamada

Last updated August 27, 2016