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3 life changing books I read in 2017

Last year I read some awesome books so thought I’d share with you 3 life changing books I read and why they were life changing for me.

The People Factor by Van Moody

“When people show you who they are, pay attention.” – Van Moody

I was introduced to this book by one of my dear friends who was reading it as part of a book club she was a member of. I had been going through some challenging decisions in relation to some people I had in my life and after confiding in her she recommended I read this book. Once I started reading it, I literally couldn’t put it down! I felt as though the author, Van Moody, was directly talking to me the whole time.

The book explores and gets you thinking about which relationships are good for your life and which ones you may need to let go off as you move into new phases of your life. By relationships he is referring to all relationships (not just romantic) i.e. work, family, friends, acquaintances and more. Van Moody also uses personal examples of good and bad relationships and examines each one so we can learn from them,

Although this book makes reference to a lot of biblical scenarios, you certainly do not need to be a Christian to read this book. Regardless of your faith I would say this book is a must for those looking to increase their relationship IQ. Moody advises having a great relationship with yourself as a foundation for building and allowing other great relationships into your life.

Overall a very thought provoking and insightful book!

My Fight to the Top by Michelle Mone

Now I’ve read a lot of business autobiographies because I love learning about the stories behind successful entrepreneurs and how they overcame their various challenges to get to the top. I had in fact been meaning to read this book for some time but just wasn’t coming round to it. I finally picked it up one Sunday afternoon and I was instantly hooked. What I loved about this book was the vivid imagery it painted; it was as though I was going through it all with Michelle.

For those who have never come across Michelle, she went from being a 15-year-old school dropout to building her own £50 million lingerie empire Ultimo and a line of self-tanning products, UTan.

I really appreciated Michelle’s honesty and it was clear this book was written from the heart. She does go into her personal life in quite some detail including how her husband walked out her on Christmas Day.

A truly inspirational read!

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.” – Greg McKeown

I first came across this book via a podcast which really spoke to me hence why I knew it would be a life changer for me. At some point last year I experienced 2 months of constant overwhelm as I was working non-stop whilst trying to support my mother through her illness as much as possible. However it just constantly felt like I wasn’t getting as much done as I wanted to so this book definitely came into my life at the right time.

This book focuses on discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.  Basically we accomplish more when we are choosier about where we direct our efforts. And although that may not seem like rocket science, I personally found it reminded me to say NO more, prioritise myself more and declutter my mind.

Overall Essentialism is a must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn how to do less, but better, in every area of their lives.

Which life changing books have you read recently?

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