Recommended Reading List

A good portion of my life is spent reading books and soaking up as much knowledge and wisdom as I can from them. I created this page specifically to share some of my favourite books from the areas I like to read about. 

Each of these books has given me important life lessons, insights or moments of inspiration that have changed my life for the better. It's my hope that they will do the same for you.

I've separated my recommended books into the following categories:

Also, before you delve into the below list it's important for me to disclose that some of the books in this list contain affiliate links, which means that if you choose to purchase one or more, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please do not spend any money on these books unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Recommended books on Writing & Creativity

The War of Art

Steven Pressfield

A fundamental book on breaking through creative blocks and learning how to express yourself as a creative person. Pressfield shares his own personal battles and frustrations with the craft and delivers timeless wisdom that will stay with you long after you are finished reading.

 

Turning Pro

Steven Pressfield

If you enjoy the War of Art you will definitely love Turning Pro. The follow up to his first book, this one is a manifesto on professionalism - on taking yourself from the realms of the amateur and putting yourself in the arena as a full time pro.

 

David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell

This is a personal favourite of mine, because It's the first book I can honestly say that made me want to become a writer. The way Gladwell was able to convey ideas and unfold them through a story or character in this book was unlike anything I had ever read before. I was hooked and read all of his books shortly after (which I would also recommend). Just read the introduction on the Biblical battle of David and Goliath and I guarantee you will be hooked.

 

Everybody Writes

Ann Handley

An incredibly helpful resource full of practical guidance from one of the leaders in the content creation field. This book will give you the clarity and strategy you need to create a range of high quality written content for any platform.

 

The Elements of Eloquence

Mark Forsyth

Another fantastic resource for anyone who writes. Mark Forsyth dissects the language and rhetoric tools we never learned in school and delves into how they have been used in some of the most impactful ways. Want to know why Yoda's dialogue is so memorable? What is so appealing about the lyrics to Hotel California? Or what Charles Dickens and Katy Perry have in common? It's all explained in this book.

 
 

Recommended Books On Leadership

Start With Why

Simon Sinek

A brilliant book exploring the heart of the reasons why we follow great leaders and great companies. Because it isn't WHAT they do it's WHY they do it. This book has a wide range of examples and insightful ideas that explain the success of businesses like apple and leaders like Martin Luther King Jr.  

 

48 Laws of Power

Robert Greene

A classic, incredibly well written book for anyone interested in the games and manipulations that people use in order to gain power in the world. A real eye-opener and a set of principles worth investing in understanding. Beware, all of Robert Greene's books are incredibly addictive reading.

 

Team Of Rivals

Doris Kearns Goodwin

One of my favourite books on leadership and a book I couldn't put down once I started reading. If ever there was a individual that personified unassuming leadership and service to a greater good then it was Abraham Lincoln. The ways in which he created a strong group of cabinet members able to work together at what was one of the most critical times in US history is a powerful lesson in leading teams.

 

How To Win Friends And Influence People

Dale Carnegie

The classic book by Dale Carnegie. If you haven't read it already then it should 100% be on your must read list. Timeless, basic wisdom on simple principles like how to make a good impression, how to listen intently, how to resolve disagreements and how to create stronger, deeper relationships.

 

Discipline Equals Freedom

Jocko Willink

A no holds barred, no-nonsense approach to achieving greatness in the world. Written by former US Navy SEAL Jocko Willink, this book is a much needed call-to-action for anyone looking to take responsibility for their success and get after what matters in life.

 
 

Recommended Books On Martial Arts

Bruce Lee Artist of Life

Bruce Lee, John Little 

The purest collection of Bruce Lee's thoughts and philosophies I have found. This book includes many of his handwritten notes, ideas, goals, visions, letters, poems and drawings to give you a real insight into the man who would become a legend. 
For any lover of martial arts, the section where Bruce breaks down the principles of Jeet Kune Do is a must read. Within it he refines his idea again and again - sharpening it with each successive attempt. A must have book for any artist of life.  

The Book Of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi & Stephen F. Kaufman

Written by the legendary samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi in 1643, this guide provides an incredible insight into the strategy and mentality required to excel in martial arts and life. The central themes of efficiency, responsibility, self-reliance, self-control and balance are all explored with incredible acuity in what is one of the most respected and revered martial arts books ever written.

 

33 Strategies of War

Robert Greene

While not a classic 'martial arts' book, Robert Greene's 33 strategies for War provides a comprehensive and concise analysis of just about every type of warfare strategy a person should to be aware of to prepare for and execute in combat. Avoid the snares of groupthink, create a sense of urgency, control the dynamic and know how to end things are just a few of the important lessons Greene reveals.  

 

On The Warriors Path

Daniele Bolelli

Another martial arts classic that delves deep into the philosophical and historical elements of the craft. Bolelli is an exceptional writer who has crafted an entertaining and insightful book — part history lesson, part philosophy lesson and part cultural analysis of the influence that martial arts has on people and society. An excellent first stop for anyone wanting to learn about or considering taking up any form of martial art.

 

Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

Bruce Lee

Another book containing Bruce Lee's most insightful thoughts on a wide range of subjects. In reading this book you really begin to understand the depth of his knowledge and wisdom on many areas of life. Within it he addresses matters like self expression, growth, family, money, fame and spirituality incredibly succinctly, pointing the way to a greater level of understanding. This book will expand your mind and reveal why Bruce Lee has been such a revolutionary teacher to so many people. 

 
 
 

Recommended Books On Philosophy

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

One of my favourite philosophical books and a guide that I return to again and again. Marcus Aurelius, the ancient Roman Emperor wrote this unbelievably valuable set of principles based on the philosophy of stoicism in around 160-180AD. Widely regarded as one of the greatest works of philosophy ever written, the advice is timeless and will leave a lasting impression.

 

A NEw Earth

Eckhart Tolle

Another book I remember reading for the first time and thinking "Wow, this is unlike anything I have read before." You would almost certainly have heard about Eckhart Tolle's first book The Power of Now. Well, A New Earth builds upon the wisdom of this first book opening up a whole new way of looking at the world and the events of your life.

 

Man's Search For Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

Another philosophical classic written by Jewish Holocaust Survivor and Psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl. Within his book Frankl outlines his method known as 'logotherapy' — the search for and gaining of meaning in life. Through his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II Frankl describes the process by which meaning can be gained in even the most terrible situations.

 

The Hero With A Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell

A profound book that explores the underlying meaning behind many of the worlds most renowned myths and stories. In his book Campbell explores the 'hero's journey' — the common structure of many stories and religious texts from around the world — and digs deeper into what they may be able to reveal to us about humanity. An inspirational and insightful book that has been a catalyst for many writers, creators, filmmakers over the past 70 years.

 

50th Law

Robert Greene & 50 Cent

Another of Robert Greene's best-selling books, this time a collaboration with rapper 50 Cent in a guide to the laws of power and philosophy of the street. Part biography and part expansion of the 48 Laws of Power, this book is an exceptional guide to becoming fearless and honing the strategy and philosophy required for success in business and life.

 
 

Recommended Books on Personal Development

The Values Factor

Dr. John Demartini

John DeMartini is a teacher, writer and speaker. His book The Values Factor as well as his course The Breakthrough Experience have given me and thousands of others tremendous understanding into how to create a fulfilled and inspired life that is in line with what you truly want to be, do and achieve. It all comes from understanding your unique values.

Read this book to be inspired and begin to create a shift in the areas of your life that you want to improve.

 

12 Rules For Life - An Antidote To Chaos

Jordan B Peterson

This is another must read from renowned Canadian Professor Jordan B Peterson. It is a common sense guide to the principles that he outlines in many of his prodigious Youtube lectures. While there are various criticisms of this book I would urge you to read it and see for yourself what the fuss it about. He writes basic lessons that hit on hard truths.  A work of deep academic thought that has surfaced at a period of time where it is not only relevant but needed. 

 

The 4-Hour Work Week

Tim Ferriss

I included this book in the list because it was —and continues to be — a groundbreaking book for anyone looking to step outside the 'normal' 9-to-5 world and develop an entrepreneurial side hustle or lifestyle business.  While there is no doubt it takes much more than 4 hours per week to achieve this, the principles and ideas outlined in this book are incredibly useful and helpful which is why this book continues to sell (over 1,350,000 copies to date!) 

 

MasterY

Robert Greene

Robert Greene's latest book Mastery is an exploration of the patterns in the lives and careers of individuals who have achieved a level of skill in their craft that is unique and often revolutionary. From Mozart to Shakespeare and Da Vinci through to Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Freddie Roach, Greene dives into the processes and strategies of how these masters achieved their own level of greatness and how you might apply these same principles to your own life.