Books For A More Visionary & Focused You

Our ‘Think Big’ series delivers top recommendations from podcasts and books, to inspiring talks and inspiring people, all in the name of nurturing a community looking to improve their professional skills, career goals, work life and business knowledge.

Read on to discover our top book picks for a more visionary, confident, focused you.

Code of the Extraordinary Mind

Vishen Lakhiani makes you question every fundamental truth you’ve built your life on, encouraging you to do away with faulty logic in favour of new models of reality. The book takes you through personal anecdotes and interviews with many of the author’s successful, famous friends including Arianna Huffington, Elon Musk, and Ken Wilber, but it is Lakhiani’s infectious enthusiasm and steadfast belief in moving away from what he labels ‘brules’ (bullshit rules) that really gives the book self-help value in bucket-loads. From relationships and mental health to purpose and power, this book is a one-way ticket to becoming the most extraordinary version of yourself.

Thinking Fast and Slow

How and why do you make the choices that you do? Psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, Daniel Kahneman, explains exactly why and gives you practical techniques for smarter thinking in his book, Thinking Fast and Slow. Making us aware of our mind’s tricks through both the surprising miracles and equally surprising mistakes of our conscious and unconscious thinking, Kahneman leads the way to better decision making in the workplace and at home.

Principles

Dubbed 2017’s ‘IT’ book for businesses and careers by the Chicago Tribune, Principles takes you on an instructive, and surprisingly moving, journey through Ray Dalio’s business ventures and the unconventional principles that he developed, and refined, along the way. Principles focusses on what Dalio labels ‘radical truths’ and ‘radical transparencies,’ and the merits of using each in both business and personal life. Not just a read for the power elite, the books acts as a reference guide to work life that is relevant to even fresh-faced newbies.

The Power of Habit

Award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg puts a whole new spin on human nature and its potential for transformation in this gripping book. Why habits exist and how they can be changed is at the centre of Duhigg’s thrilling scientific exploration of the human mind. In particular, we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seemingly remodel themselves overnight. One highlight includes discovering how the right habits equal success in case studies such as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. The book proves most helpful in the way it posits success as an outcome of understanding how habits work. With this knowledge, Duhigg endows us with the power to transform our habits and therefore transform our businesses, communities and lives.