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We ask women leading a life of self-fulfilled success to share their top reads for personal and professional development, check out the list.


Kate says: 'It's not traditionally a self help book but it is extremely inspiring and it demonstrates what some people go through to achieve greatness in their life and to ultimately thrive.'

Copy Of -Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

Recommended by Dr. Suzy Green; Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and CEO and Founder of The Positivity Institute

An empowering and life-affirming book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway will help you triumph over your fears and move forward with your life. 

Dare to Lead : Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Recommended by Karin RAE Matthee; Founder and Designer of Dear Rae Jewellery

Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognising the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead. 


I recently read Michelle Obama’s Becoming. It is an insight on growth and development and the hard work it takes to be successful. To have this insight into her life and to be reminded that we all have a role to play in having a positive impact on the world was an inspiration for my own personal growth.

Excellence through Mind-Brain Development : The Secrets of World-Class Performers

 For success, who we are is far more important than the knowledge, skills, and relationships we have and what we do - because with higher mind-brain development, our knowledge and skills become more useful, our relationships more enriching, and our actions more effective. As part of presenting the secrets of world-class performance, the book details the inspiring peak experiences that underlie top performance and how top performers have a more orderly, restfully alert, and economic brain than average performers. This research-based book will show you the many benefits of higher mind-brain development and how to effortlessly attain it.

The Personal MBA : A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume

Recommended by: Daniele Tanner

The Personal MBA teaches simple mental models for every subject that's key to commercial success. From the basics of products, sales & marketing and finance to the nuances of human psychology, teamwork and creating systems, this book details everything you need to know to take on the MBA graduates and win.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Recommended by Stefania Ferrario

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

The Power of Now

Recommended by: Eva Hamilton

Surrender to the present moment, where problems do not exist. It is here we find our joy, are able to embrace our true selves and discover that we are already complete and perfect. If we are able to be fully present and take each step in the Now we will be opening ourselves to the transforming experience of The Power of Now. Eva say's "it's a really good book in terms of getting us all to live in the present moment and not always be focusing on the past or worrying about the future."

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project describes one person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Through cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability. 

As Adriana says; had great practical tips for real life both personally and professionally.

THRIVE by Arianna Huffington

Arianna talks about her personal wake-up call that came in the form of a broken cheekbone - the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. This book shows us the way to redefine success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder.

The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters

The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence, and Happiness

Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success by Tarcher Perigee

Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success provides mental exercises, self-analysis techniques, powerful encouragement, and straightforward advice to anyone seeking personal and financial improvement.

Christina says if you live your life by these points – you will have a very successful life, no matter who you are.

Tully by Paullina Simons

Against the odds, Tully emerges into young womanhood, marriage and a career. At last Tully Makker has life under control. And then life strikes back in the most unexpected way of all...

Millie loves this book because Tully shows a great strength of character from a woman who went through a lot in her teenage years. By the end of it you just love her for being who she is.

Work Strife Balance by Mia Freedman

It's for guilty friends, bad mums, crap wives, imperfect feminists, rebellious daughters and any girl with a big mouth and at least one foot in it. It's for any woman who's ever asked: 'Am I the only one who isn't quite coping?'

A fearless, hilarious, inspiring and surprising collection of modern misadventures to read, relate to and rejoice in, then share with all the women in your life.

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson

Che Guevara, the dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. 

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It's about an adult going back to his childhood, it talks about being here for a purpose and the purpose of others. It's not the business, money, a car, glamour, it's human beings that count the most.

Long Hard Road: Nearly to the Top Pt. 1

Ron takes you on an extremely detailed and entertaining journey not only of his life but the life that he shared with many runners. As Naomi says "he's hard as nails".

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