Love books that teach you how to
 do more,
be more,
live more,
and love your life?

 Me, too!

There wasn't a time that I didn't have my head in a book or a one under my arm.

My 99 year old grandmother and I laugh and say, "If we had a dollar left between the two of us, we'd spend it on a book instead of food!" (She still reads about 4-8 books per week--no kidding.)

Want to start a business, learn how to change your mindset, or build better habits?  Reading will light the way!

The most successful people in the world read.

Books have changed my life.

Books have the power to change your life, too.

Books have changed my life

 Discover books that motivate, uplift, and teach

Since I was a little girl,

The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. ~~Dr. Seuss

Enjoy these reads!  I hope they impact your life in big ways like they have mine.

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I am passionate about teaching people how to master their mindset. Carol Dweck gives us the information and tools to raise our children, manage our teams, and build our relationships based on a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. With a growth mindset, we are more likely to reach our goals, grow in our knowledge and abilities, and improve both personally and professionally.

Well written and not full of hard to understand scientific jargon, this book should be on everyone's shelves. Read with us in this month's Smart Better Life Book Club as we learn how to create a love of learning and the resilience we need to accomplish more in every arena of our lives.

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by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential

Are you looking for just one new habit that could affect every area of your life? Kick the procrastination habit, become more confident, increase your productivity, feel more control, conquer anxiety and more.

This one strategy is something that you can apply to literally everything in your life. From getting yourself to do simple tasks like folding the laundry that's been on the dining room table for days to the really big audacious goals like starting a company or writing that memoir. 

Nothing fancy or complicated here. Just a technique based on science that works to apply to everyday life.

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by Mel Robbins

THE 5 SECOND RULE

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Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

What do women fear most? Do women fear different things than men? Is there a path to becoming fearless? And how do we become fearless, powerful women of character, integrity, strength and leadership . . . and still retain all the beautiful qualities that make us women? Can we lead the world with feminine, sacred energy and take our rightful place as cherished partners, competent CEO's, honored board members, and beloved mothers, daughters, and sisters?

I think we can. And looking to the wisdom of women like Arianna Huffington helps light the path and bring wisdom and experience to the road ahead for us.

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by Arianna Huffington

On Becoming Fearless . . . in Love, Work, and Life

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This is a great book to help you leave what you think you should be in the rearview mirror. Just drop those expectations and ideas of how you're not enough or not worthy and leave them in the dust.

You are Enough. This book will start you off here and then take you through why it's so important to embrace this message. We'll dive into courage, compassion, authenticity, boundaries and how to be enough . . . starting right now as you are. I can't wait to meet you inside the pages and discuss what you love most about this book!

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by Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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Living in challenging times means that we all need to invest in ourselves and improve our ability to cope, deal with stress, navigate relationships, and heal from present and old pains. You can develop a mind and the neurology, however, that grows your internal strengths such as grit, gratitude, calm, and thoughtful decision-making. Now, perhaps more than ever before, these skills may be the most important that you will ever acquire. 


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by Rick Hanson, Ph. D.

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

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Whether you want to start your own company or side hustle, improve your relationships, start living healthier, or get organized, Marie has one basic belief: “Everything is figureoutable”.

It all starts with a mindset that you can find the answers, the solutions, and the resources. And changing your mindset is everything. You will laugh, have your heart touched, and be hit with some big “aha’s” as you work through a roadmap towards getting what you want in life.


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by Marie Forleo

Everything Is Figureoutable

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In 1998, the field of positive psychology was essentially born. The research and science answers questions like “What makes people happy? Does resilience matter, and how can you approach setbacks and crises in a way that encourages your growth and helps you find solutions? Are successful people happy? Or are happy people more successful?”

Told with lively stories, lots of wit, and humor in clear and easy-to-understand advice, this book will open your eyes into how to think differently and show up in the world in a new way to get more satisfaction and success out of anything you do.

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by Shawn Achor

The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology
That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

The Happiness Advantage

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Start living your life with High Performance Habits, and you will be amazed at your success, happiness, well-being, confidence, and vitality. Read the book, and for a deep dive, I can take you to even further heights as your personal Certified High Performance Coach.

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by Brendon Burchard

How Extraordinary People Become That Way

High Performance Habits

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If you are wanting to show up more courageously as a leader in your community, your business, or in your relationships, this book will show you what leading courageously looks like.

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by Brene Brown

Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Dare to Lead

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A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down and commence living on its hint.  What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.  ~~Henry David Thoreau

More Books I Love

Clear does an excellent job of bringing us research-driven concepts for building good habits in our lives.  Based on ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience, this is an easy-to-understand guide on how to transform your habits and patterns into the lifestyle you truly want--kicking bad habits to the curb and replacing them with new ones that are healthy, productive, and beneficial. This book is for athletes who want to win, leaders who want to optimize, or anyone who wants to lose weight, quit smoking, be more productive, or live a happier life.

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by James Clear

Atomic Habits

Do away with the myth of the "starving artist".  Jeff Goins shows us how real artists THRIVE.  For all of you who became doctors, lawyers, and bankers but your heart really always loved to paint, make films, write, or take photographs:  this book is for you. Don't settle just because of society's expectations of you.  You've only got one life to live, and you can actually make a living doing what you long to do most.  Stop worrying and start learning that real artists make a good living. Buy this book and get started doing work that you love . . . and make money doing it.

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by Jeff Goins

Real Artists Don't Starve

"To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation." -from The Alchemist

This is a novel about a boy named Santiago who travels to faraway places to discover himself. His journeys include lessons and wisdom that teach us to find our Purpose, follow our dreams, have perseverance, and enjoy the adventures along the way. This book is a parable of how to live your best life.

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by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Jen Sincero makes "self-help" a cool pursuit and takes the stigma out of wanting to improve yourself and live your best life ever. With lingo that we can really relate to peppered with amazing wit and humor, she teaches us the principles of having confidence, believing in ourselves, and having gratitude. You will also get a kick-in-the-pants wakeup call to embrace forgiveness, kick procrastination to the curb, and start kicking ass in life. Keep this book on your shelves when you need to be reminded of why your greatness should not be wasted. 

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by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass

After reading You Are a Badass, I would highly recommend following it up with with Jen's second Badass book on money. You've learned the Badass mentality. You understand how a limiting mindset, self-doubt, and your beliefs are stopping you from living a great life. But many of us (especially women), have a lot of misconceptions and hang-ups about money that hold us back from the financial security we are seeking. Get ready to relate to that green stuff in an entirely new (and lucrative) way. Stop having a scarcity mentality and get ready to welcome abundance and prosperity into your life.

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by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass

My autographed copy of this book sits proudly on my shelves and reminds me of the night I met Jen. For one thing, I didn't realize she was so dang tall! But more than that, it was an evening of being reminded how every single person in that room was their own unique brand of badassery. This little pocket-sized book should go everywhere with you. Once you are on the Badass path, keep it with you to stay motivated with quotes and tips about confronting fear, how to show up in the world, procrastination and excuses, crushing goals, and living your best life.  Buy one copy for yourself and gift another Badass a copy. Because hey, we need all the Badasses this world can handle.

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by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass
Every Day

Put yourself out there. The world is waiting. Show Your Work! is a must-read for any aspiring entrepreneur. This quick and easy read is directed at artists, but we are really all “artists” of some sort or another. We are crafters of ideas, products, visuals, and movements. We are creators and educators who have knowledge, art, music, and science to share . . . and we should be out there sharing it.  Share and teach everything you know. “The minute you learn something, turn around and teach it to others.” You just might be surprised at what happens.  And remember, your obituary is the life you’re living now.

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by Austin Kleon

Show Your Work!

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