There’s no doubt about it: we’re living in a content-saturated world, where we can research literally anything from our couch while Netflix is on in the background. But is this always a good thing? While stuck at home for what seemed like endless months back in lockdown (I’m talking to you, Melbourne), we no doubt overdosed on more TV, news stories and general ‘noise’ than our poor old brains knew what to do with.
Yes, COVID pandemonium has knocked us around in so many ways – and continues to do so, if what we’re hearing from people is anything to go by. With that in mind, we thought you could benefit from some inspiring (non-Netflix-related) content to get you refocused and refuelled. The following are some of our favourite books, podcasts, articles and ideas that can give your mind and spirit the nourishment they need to get back on track.
- Principles for Success by Ray Dalio – Brought to you by the New York Times bestselling author of Principles: Life & Work, this illustrated guide to success teaches readers how to set goals, learn from mistakes and collaborate with others to produce amazing results.
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck – It’s fair to call the author of this brilliant book the mother of mindset; she’s been a pioneering researcher in the field of achievement and success for decades and is responsible for the terms ‘fixed mindset’ and ‘growth mindset’ that we hear so much about today. Here, she explains why it’s not just skill and talent that determine our chances of success, but rather the approach we take (or mindset we adopt) when reaching for our goals.
- Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington – As the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, this author knows all too well about the traditional metrics of success: money and power. However, in this book, she suggests a third metric is needed to achieve true success: one that encompasses wellbeing, wonder and compassion.
- Success, failure and the drive to keep creating by Elizabeth Gilbert – Watching this TED Talk by the author of Eat, Pray, Love may well be the best-spent seven minutes of your week. In it, Gilbert talks about the similarities between great success and great failure; how in both instances we feel lost, but can find our way back by holding on to whatever it is we love most.
- The You Project by Craig Harper – This fabulous podcast is just the ticket for your daily dose of inspiration. Tune in if you want to find out whether you’ve been breathing wrong all these years; learn the difference between talking and communicating; or generally hear from high-performers in sport, business, science, media and health.
- Crappy to Happy by Cass Dunn – Listen in as a clinical psychologist speaks to a range of guests – think Turia Pitt, Mark Manson, Kristina Karlsson, Clare Bowditch and Tiffiny Hall – to explore the psychological, physical and emotional ways to help you overcome personal barriers.
- The Science of Happiness by Dacher Keltner – Another podcast to check out, this time with tips for creating a happier, more meaningful life by drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness and awe.
- How to get better at the things you care about by Eduardo Briceño – This TED Talk is particularly useful for those of us who are working on something – career, family, hobbies – but not achieving our desired outcomes. The onus here is on a willingness to keep learning (there’s that growth mindset again).
- ‘The Surprising Science of Goal Setting (And Why You’re Probably Doing it Wrong)’ by Mark Manson – This is a great article that explains why most of us are probably setting goals in the completely wrong way. The author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck offers no-holds-barred advice regarding when and how to set goals, as well as how to know when to give them up.
Happy reading, listening and watching!
- The Coach Place team