Reading list – Personal Development

How to be Brilliant

This is my favourite book at the moment. If you only read one personal development book this year make it this one.

Sometimes being just ‘good’ just isn’t good enough. Sometimes we all need to be brilliant.

In just 90 days, How To Be Brilliant will show you how to change the way you think and behave so that you can embrace every day, every experience and every opportunity with positivity, energy, enthusiasm and inspiration. Michael Heppell, introduces you to over 50 amazing tricks, tips and tools that, when properly applied, will move you and your life on to a whole new, exciting level.

This is the level where you really shine. It’s the level where you believe anything is possible. And it’s the level where you start living your dreams and becoming the person you always wished you could be.

So don’t just be good; learn to be brilliant and discover a better way of being.

Strenghsfinder 2.0

Often when we review individual performance we focus in on areas that need to improve and set out future development needs to address these weaknesses. In a people focussed business I believe we need to do the opposite and encourage people to understand their strengths and make maximum use of them. If I’m mentoring anyone, the first thing I’d ask that person to do is get a copy of Strengthsfinder 2.0 and complete the on-line survey that comes with the book. I recently put a review of the book on my blog


Unique Ability

Besides knowing your strengths, understanding your abilities and what makes you unique is fundamental to setting your personal goals and moving forward. Much of the material in this book is the work of Dan Sullivan. Dan runs coaching programmes in the USA for entrepreneurs and business leaders. In addition to the book, the series of 10X podcasts that Dan produces along with Joe Polish are great listening.

How to fascinate

What does it take to be fascinating? It starts with gaining an understanding of how you blend two of the seven personality triggers in a way that sparks the intense interest of those around you.

Sally Hogshead developed the 7 Personality Triggers based on over five years of proprietary research on fascination, including the first-ever marketing research study specifically about how people and brands become more fascinating, which was conducted by Kelton Research. Kelton Research is a global public opinion company, leading research with more than thirty of the Fortune 100 corporations, including McDonald’s, Target, and Pepsi. Twice it has been named “fastest-growing market research consultancy” by Inc. magazine.

Which is your primary trigger? Knowing your triggers reveals your unique strengths. It also enables us to create your customized Fascination Advantage Report, an in-depth report and road map designed to help you activate your triggers and master your ability to fascinate. Sally explains more in this video:

You can take the how to fascinate test on Sally’s website or find out more in the book