Welcome back! If you are arriving on this post for the first time then I strongly recommend you head back and read Part 1 of this list, despite all the books being in no particular order.

Today we are going to dive straight in with the second and final part of the books that have changed my life…

Ellie Swift Life Success Coach

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

There are few people who have an interest in personal development that won’t have this book on their list. Brown is one of those writers whose words are filled with pure integrity, and you can’t stop nodding along with everything she says.

This book is about vulnerability, and how we can be better leaders and citizens by tapping into this vulnerability. I read this at the time I was starting to create a voice for myself online, and it allowed me to truly stop and consider how I wanted to share the REAL me. It’s also equal parts science and spirituality, which is my favourite sort of read!


The Big Leap by Gay Henricks

Many of my clients are going through huge transition periods in their lives and businesses. If you are someone who is going through a similar period where you are making a massive shift in your life that is bringing up a whole lotta fear, then you absolutely have to read this book.

Hendricks talks through the concept of ‘upper limiting’, and how we can smash the glass ceiling that we have created for ourselves to achieve more than we ever believed possible. It’ll have you realising that you really can achieve anything you want, and that usually the only person getting in the way of our success is ourselves.



The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

If you have read Part 1, you would have seen that my favourite book of all time is ‘Big Magic.’ On the topic of creativity, this book comes in at a very close second. It’s full of inspiring wisdom and guidance to help you live ‘an artist’s life’, whether that might be through writing, painting, building, floristry – you name it.

This is another book that I’d recommend you buy as hard copy rather than on Kindle, as its full of weekly exercises to help you tap into and reclaim your creativity.


The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

How do you want to feel in your life? So often we are asked what we want from our lives, but less often are we asked how we really want to feel. The Desire Map flips the method of finding how we want to spend our days on its head, and takes you through a process to determine your core desired feelings.

I have taken myself through this process for the last two calendar years, coming into both 2016 and 2017. Each time my core desired feelings have been slightly different because they have just evolved with where I’m at in my life. I’ve then taken these core desired feelings and ensured my goals for the year align with exactly how I wanted to feel. The result? A magic combination of alignment.


Wild by Cheryl Strayed

If you’ve followed me for a while, you will know I love hiking. Strayed helped cement why I love it so much by verbalising so many of the metaphors between the process of hiking and our ongoing inner quest to discover more about ourselves, as she sets off on a hike through the Pacific Crest Trail of Yosemite National Park after experiencing immense grief.

If you aren’t a nature lover, I still recommend this read. Strayed’s journey is terribly sad in parts, moving, empowering and inspiring. The movie is also brilliant (I love Reese Witherspoon!!) but – as I most often do – I highly recommend getting your hands on the book first.


Tribes by Seth Godin

This is for all the business owners building communities. Godin is a marketing god and totally genius, who has been a source of inspiration for me as a marketer for years. Tribes was first published in 2008, but remains somewhat timeless. Godin unpacks the concept that everyone has the opportunity to start a movement and bring people together to do amazing things.

Hot tip – if you want to find out a little more about the work of this man check out this episode with him on the Tim Ferris show. His brain is incredible!


Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Lamott is up there in my top five favourite writers of all time. It’s no wonder then, that I love this book that recounts her own personal experiences with the writing process and writing techniques.

If you write for work, for your business, or have any sort of fascination with the written word, I’m sure you will love this one as much as I do.


The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

So simple, yet so many ‘a-ha’ moments. Ruiz delves into the self-limiting beliefs that stop us from feeling joy and keep us all in suffering.

I read this book when I started my life coaching training, and it helped me fully understand the range of self-limiting beliefs we all have – many of which I had experienced myself. If you are a coach-in-training or new coach, I highly recommend this book to explore how to help your clients move through their own limiting beliefs.


Master Your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini

Choose love over fear. A very simple concept, but what does it really mean? If you haven’t read many books in the personal development non-fiction categories, this is an excellent place to start.

Ambrosini is so wonderful at unpacking complex concepts and making them incredibly simple. You will feel like you are reading a book from your bestie – complete with high-vibing positivity, a dose of a ‘can do’ attitude and a range of practical journal prompts and exercises to help you move through your fear.


Money and Mindfulness: Living in Abundance by Lisa Messenger

As a lover of ‘The Collective Hub’ magazine, I’ve followed the journey of its editor, Messenger, for years. She writes like (I imagine) she speaks. Her content is matter of fact, straight-talking yet thought-provoking.

Money mindset is so important, and it’s been something I’ve really had to work on in my own life. This book is a really great place to start if you want to focus on removing some of those blocks.


How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This is by far the oldest book on this list – it was first published in 1937! Despite having a few examples that don’t ring true anymore (like the old-fashioned New York shoe shiners on every corner), this book is gold. Simple manners and powers of persuasion have remained constant over the years, and this book has helped me both in my work and my personal life.

Warren Buffett has used all these principles to garner success in his own life – pretty powerful stuff!


Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Those who work in the corporate world might find this book particularly eye-opening. After a nasty accident, Huffington knew she needed to start looking at success differently.

As someone who has burnt the candle at both ends many times in my early and mid 20s, this book gave me permission to redefine my own version of success and really wake up to what I wanted to achieve in my life. This is another one that couples science and spirituality beautifully, with a lot of research around meditation, the benefits of a good night’s sleep, unplugging from technology and the power of giving.


There you have it: The complete list of books that have changed my life. I don’t doubt that this list will morph and grow over time, so I will keep sharing my latest reads regularly as time goes on.

I’d love to know – what books are on your life-changing list?

Ellie xo



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