Although our struggles can feel very personal to us, there are often others who have not only gone through something similar, but have written about it too. These books have been found helpful by many of the people that I work with.

Career and direction

When to Jump: If the job you have isn’t the job you want – Mike Lewis
Finding Your Element – Ken Robinson
Willfull Blindness – Margaret Heffernan
When Cultures Collide – Richard D Lewis
Steering by Starlight – Martha Beck
Finding your own North Star – Martha Beck
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Kellar
Difficult Conversations: How to discuss what matters most – Bruce Patton
Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice – Matthew Syed

Self Development

Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success – Angela Duckworth
Mindset: How you can fulfill your potential – Carol S Dweck
Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind – Nancy Klein
You are a Badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life – Jen Sincero
The Upside of Stress: Why stress is good for you (and how to get good at it) – Kelly McGonigal
Get your Sh*t together – Sarah Knight
Self Compassion – Kristin Neff
How to be Confident – Anna Barnes


Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents – Lindsay C Gibson
The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity – Esther Perel
Will I ever be good enough: Healing the daughters of narcissistic mothers – Karyl McBride
The Asshole Survival Guide: How to deal with people who treat you like dirt – Robert I Sutton
I need your love: Is that true? – Byron Katie

Anxiety/ Addiction

Recovery – Russell Brand
Anxiety Rebalance – Carl Vernon
The Pursuit of Happiness: And Why It’s Making Us Anxious – Ruth Whippman

Other people’s stories

The Examined Life – Stephen Grosz
The Art of Not Falling Apart – Christina Patterson
Smile or Die: How positive thinking fooled America and the World – Barbara Ehrenreich