80 Life-Changing Books To Help You Breakthrough.

Do Lectures
May 19, 2018 · 16 min read

This is the question we ask the most: How do you breakthrough? It is why we started the Do Lectures. We wanted to find out why some people achieve their potential and share the clues they leave along the way.

After listening to 300 talks about human potential, and researching from world’s pioneering behavioural scientists, we turned all that learning into our seminar: Do Breakthrough-The Life-Changing Magic of Sorting Your Sh*t out.”

In case you can’t ever attend, we thought it a good idea to share our reading list.

EMOTIONAL FITNESS

Designing Your Life
Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

Silicon Valley design innovators use their engineering expertise to help you work out what you want and how to get it. Tried and tested by thousands of people.

Fear Hack
Hilary Gallo

Hacking involves looking at fear from another angle. Instead of taking repeated blows at the log from one side, we turn it around and look at it more carefully.

Do Breathe
Michael Townsend Williams

Practicing relaxation, awareness, and focus through breath work, mindfulness, energy, and courage, for anyone feeling overwhelmed and anxious of daily life.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Cal Newport

The ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It allows you to master complicated information and get better results in less time.

Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck
Mark Manson

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.

What To Do When It’s Your Turn
Seth Godin

A book that reads more like a magazine, it’s a full colour collection of short stories and essays, which help to understand “what to do when it’s your turn” in life.

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything Fast
Josh Kaufman

The only thing holding you back is the time and effort it will take. But there is a way to go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing well, in just 20 hours.

The Magic Of Thinking Big
David J Schwartz

What do we need to upgrade our thinking, in order to upgrade our life? Before we can achieve BIG things, we have to think BIG things.

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear And Take Life To The Next Level
Gay Hendricks

How do we eliminate the barriers to success. By overcoming false fears and beliefs. Effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in “The Big Leap”.

Get Your Sh*t Together
Sarah Knight

How to stop worrying about what you should do, so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do.

Little Wins: The Huge Power Of Thinking Like A Toddler
Paul Lindley

Revealing nine characteristics and behaviours that we can all learn from recalling our toddler selves. Never mind growing up; it’s time we grew down.

When They Go Low, We Go High: Speeches That Shape The World - And Why We Need Them
Philip Collins

Exploring the ways the most notable speeches in history have worked, analysing the ways the right speech at the right time can shape the world.

Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity
David Allen

A time management method, described in a book of the same title by productivity consultant David Allen. The method is often referred to as GTD.

The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind
Dr Joseph Murphy

This book has already helped readers achieve the seemingly impossible just by learning how to bring the incredible force of the subconscious under their control.

Option B
Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

What happens when Option A is no longer available? How do you face adversity, build resilience, and, find joy? In short, how do you kick the shit out of Option B?

The Art Of Thinking Clearly
Rolf Dobelli

Have you ever invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn’t worth it? Or continued doing something you knew was bad for you?

Working on Yourself Doesn’t Work: The 3 Simple Ideas That Will Instantaneously Transform Your Life
Ariel & Shya Kane

Once you grasp these three straightforward but enlightened concepts, you can, stop “working” on yourself and start living the life you’ve always wanted.

Peak: How All Of Us Can Achieve Extraordinary Things
Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool

You don’t have to be a genius to achieve extraordinary things. Learning a new skill doesn’t need to be daunting. All of us can do it.

The Power Of Habit
Charles Duhigg

Why can some people and companies change overnight, and some stay stuck in their old ruts? The answer lies deep in the human brain.

The Power Of Moments
Chip & Dan Heath

The best and most memorable moments are created when companies go off script. Most companies are too frightened to go off script. Yay… That’s the opportunity.

Willpower
Roy Baumeister

Can you resist everything except temptation? In a hedonistic age full of distractions, it’s hard to possess willpower or understand why we should need it.

The Miracle Morning
Hal Elrod

What if you could wake up tomorrow and any, or every, area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change?

Daily Rituals
Mason Curray

This book examines the working routines of more than 160 of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists ever to have lived.

Awaken The Giant Within
Tony Robbins

Are you in charge of your life? Or are you being swept away by things that are seemingly out of your control? Take immediate control of your destiny.

Subliminal: The New Unconscious And What It Teaches Us
Leonard Mlodinow

Over the past two decades scientific researchers have developed remarkable new tools for probing the hidden, or subliminal, workings of the mind.

Braving The Wilderness
Brene Brown

“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Brene at her most insightful.

The Crossroads Of Should And Must: Find And Follow Your Passion
Elle Luna

“Should” is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must” is the thing we dream of doing, our heart’s desire.

Your Story Is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice
Elle Luna

We define our lives through our stories. Understand these stories, along with the motivations behind them, and we can positively change how our future unfolds.

Choose Yourself
James Altucher

The world is changing. Markets have crashed. Jobs disappeared. Industries disrupted. In society, the middlemen are being pushed out of the picture.

Three Simple Steps
Trevor Blake

Despite stock market crashes, dot-com busts, and the specter of recession, a virtual company was born, using only a few thousand dollars of Blake’s savings.

Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics
Dan Harris

After a panic attack on live television, Harris went on a circuitous journey that ultimately led him to become one of meditation’s most vocal public proponents.

Coming Alive: 4 Tools To Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression And Unleash Your Soul’s Potential
Barry Michels & Phil Stutz

We are all motivated and driven by a positive desire to be our best, live by our values and to follow our dreams, so too are we all held back by negatives.

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead And Win
Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

Detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, and how to apply them to any team.

The Artist’s Way
Julia Cameron

Providing a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. Aiming to dispel the, ‘I’m not talented enough’ conditioning.

Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way To A Better Life
John B Arden

It was thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you die with, and that the brain cells you had at birth were the most you would ever possess.

Radical Candor
Kim Scott

From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it.

The Tools: 5 Life-Changing Techniques To Unlock Your Potential
Phil Stutz & Barry Michels

Can you imagine what your life would be if you could tap into a new source of power, to solve your own problems and become the master of your life?

The Mastery Of Love
Don Miguel Ruiz

Happiness can only come from inside of you and is the result of your love. The Mastery of Love cards that illuminate the fear-based beliefs that undermine love.

The Purpose Revolution: How Leaders Create Engagement And Competitive Advantage In An Age Of Social Good
John Izzo & Jeff Vanderwielen

Customers, employees, and investors are no longer satisfied with companies providing good products, they want them to do some social good, too.

You Are The Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter
Dr. Joe Dispenza

Is it possible to heal by thought alone without drugs or surgery? The truth is that it happens more often than you might expect.

The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph From The Frontiers Of Brain Science
Norman Doidge

Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science is a book on neuroplasticity by psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge.

Radical Acceptance
Tara Brach

In the West, most of us have suffered the fear of not being ‘good enough’, feeling insecure about our appearance, sexuality, intelligence, or being worthy of love.

The Body Keeps the Score
Bessel van der Kolk

The effects of trauma can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations. Alternative approaches that heal mind, brain and body.

The Intention Experiment: Use Your Thoughts To Change The World
Lynne Mctaggart

A revolutionary exploration of the science of intention. Drawing on the findings of leading scientists on human consciousness, from around the world.

Tribe Of Mentors
Timothy Ferriss

When facing life’s questions, who do you turn to for advice? We all need mentors, particularly when the odds seem stacked against us.

Psyched Up
Daniel McGinn

What do you do in the last few minutes before a major event? Daniel McGinn explains why mental preparation is the key to mastering any challenge.

Generation Cherry: Retired? Redundant? Rethink! Powerful Strategies To Give You A Second Bite Of The Cherry
Tim Drake

Generation Cherry is an essential toolkit for a new generation. Many of us feel far too young to leave our jobs or retire, and many find it financially challenging.

It’s Not How Good You Are It’s How Good You Want To Be
Paul Arden

A handbook of how to succeed in the world: a pocket bible for the talented and timid alike, to help make the unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible.

The Four Agreements
Don Miguel Ruiz

Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, this powerful code of conduct can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

A New Earth: Create A Better Life
Eckhart Tolle

The spiritual framework for people to move beyond themselves in order to make this world a better, more spiritually evolved place to live.

Man’s Search For Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl

A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Frank observes the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped, (or didn’t) with the experience.

As A Man Thinketh
James Allen

Centring on the power of thought, particularly with the use and application of thought to happy and beautiful issues.

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Extremely ambitious and multidisciplinary, Antifragile provides a blueprint for how to behave-and thrive-in a world we sometimes don’t understand.

Let My People Go Surfing
Yvon Chouinard

A man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into his business. A book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.


PHYSICAL FITNESS

The Second Brain
Michael D. Gershon

Representing a quantum leap in medical knowledge and already benefiting patients whose symptoms were previously dismissed as neurotic.

Head Strong
Dave Asprey

If you’re already 100% happy with your current cognitive performance, or you’re set in your current daily routine… then Head Strong is probably not for you.

The Bulletproof Diet
Dave Asprey

By ditching traditional “diet” thinking, The Bulletproof Diet will change what you think you know about weight loss wellness.

Peak Performance
Brad Stulberg

From athletes, to scientists, to artists, stories of the world’s top performers and the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive their performances.

Running Man
Charlie Engle

Charlie’s running, has helped keep him sober, focused and alive. He takes on the most extreme endurance races and gives inspirational talks.

Born To Run
Christopher Mcdougall

The story of a small group of the world’s top ultra-runners making a treacherous journey into the canyons using the Tarahumara tribe’s secrets over 50 miles.

Gut: The Inside Story Of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ
Giulia Enders

Everything from the basics of nutrient absorption to the latest science linking bowel bacteria with mental disorders. For those looking to improve their health.

Why We Sleep
Matthew Walker

As UC Berkeley Professor Matthew Walker explains, sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity.

A Life Worth Breathing
Max Strom

Leading us on a journey of self-discovery to excavating our past in order to have a better understanding of our present. We can do more with this life.

The TB12 Method
Tom Brady

Elite legends have changed the game, achieved the unthinkable, and pushed their bodies to unbelievable limits. Joining their exclusive ranks is Tom Brady.

Own The Day, Own Your Life
Aubrey Marcus

Revolutionise your life one day at a time with this empowering handbook designed for men and women. Simple strategies for each element of your day.

The Cultured Club
Dearbhla Reynolds

Motivated by an unshakeable belief that food is medicine and that what we eat can promote great healing by adding a daily dose of fermented foods to your diet.


FINANCIAL FITNESS

Unshakable
Tony Robbins

Your financial freedom playbook from Tony Robbins. From simple action plans to mastering the mind-set that gives you peace in an ever-changing world.

Cryptocurrency: The Future Of Money?
Paul Vigna & Michael J. Casey

The system that governs how money works has stayed roughly the same for centuries. A currency revolution that could reshape our world.

The Abundance Code
Julie Ann Cairns

Hidden yet crucial element to success that most people are unaware of-because that essential element is buried in their unconscious minds.

Give And Take
Adam Grant

An economics lesson for middle school classes focusing on the concepts of choice opportunity, cost alternatives, and trade-offs.

The Rich Employee
James Altucher

Many of us are happy to have a job, we just want a better job, one that fulfils us, makes us wealthy, and brings us satisfaction.

The Law Of Attraction
Esther & Jerry Hicks

Presenting the teachings of the Non-Physical consciousness Abraham. The concepts offered here relate to the topic of abundance and prosperity.

Bitcoin: The Future Of Money?
Dominic Frisby

Is crypto-currency the future of money? Well, remember all those ridiculed the internet? They won’t be reading this. Just saying.

The 2% Rule To Get You Debt Free Fast
Alex and Cassie Michael

If around 70% of worry and stress come from money, educating ourselves on how to become debt free feels like a good investment of time.

Money Master The Game: 7 Simple Steps To Financial Freedom
Tony Robbins

Brilliant ways of using metaphor and story to illustrate even the most complex financial concepts, making them simple and actionable.

Side Hustle
Chris Guillebeau

For some people, the thought of quitting their day job to pursue the entrepreneurial life is exhilarating. For many others, it’s terrifying.

Principles
Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business.

Talking To My Daughter About The Economy
Yanis Varoufakis

The world famous economist, Yanis Varoufakis sets out to answer his daughter Xenia’s deceptively simple question, “why is there so much inequality?”

The Internet Of Money Volume One
Andreas M. Antonopoulos

A collection of inspiring talks describing the future of money in an approachable, engaging and amusing way suitable for all audiences, whether technical or not.

The Internet Of Money Volume Two
Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Building on Volume One, here are 11 more inspiring and thought-provoking talks, from Blockchain vs Bullshit to Fake News and Fake Money, and much more.

The 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes And How To Avoid Them
Peter Mallouk

Readers can learn to navigate the ever-changing variables and market dilemmas that often make investing a risky and daunting endeavor.


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