Cate’s Top 10 Current Career + Personal Breakthrough Books

Cate’s Top 10 Current Career + Personal Breakthrough Books

Here are my top 10 career and person breakthrough books that I highly recommend.

Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want

by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt and executive coach Daniel Harkavy show us how to do: to design a life with the end in mind, determining in advance the outcomes we desire and path to get there. In this step-by-step guide, they share proven principles that help readers create a simple but effective life plan so that they can get from where they are now to where they really want to be–in every area of life.


The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

by Gay Hendricks

In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.


The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own 


by Vishen Lakhiani

This book teaches you to think like some of the greatest non-conformist minds of our era, to question, challenge, hack, and create new rules for YOUR life so you can define success on your own terms.

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, a New York Times bestseller, is a blueprint of laws to break us free from the shackles of an ordinary life. It makes a case that everything we know about the world is shaped by conditioning and habit.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

by Marie Kondo 

This simple book helped me be in right relationship with my the stuff in my life. I've used the KonMari method of cluttering and organizing for 12 months. I just spent 2 days upgrading my space. My home is completely resonate with who I am now, and who I am becoming. If this isn't true for you… the objects in your life and pulling you backward, rather than propelling your evolutionary momentum. You've got to experience it to …. experience it!


The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months

by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington

I started using 12 Week year 18 months ago. My team adopted the planning strategy about 9 months ago. I insist all my career coaching clients implement the planning strategy in this immediately. The concept is very simple. The results are profound. Next time you run into me, you can ask me what my 12 Week Year goals are, and what % I've nailed. I'll know.

Body Thrive

by Cate Stillman

We use Body Thrive to dial in the 10 Body Habits from yoga and Ayurveda. Body Thrive – the course – is included in the Awake Living Course. We can't do both at the same time… so people take it before or after Awake Living to dial in the 10 body habits of yogis. I wrote this book because I found the peeps I work worth did NOT have these habits dialed, nor understand how to reverse engineer their habit evolution. This book puts that series of actions into order for simplicity and thrive.

Ego Is the Enemy

by Ryan Holiday

Ego Is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to his­tory. We meet fascinating figures such as George Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who all reached the highest levels of power and success by con­quering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.



Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

by Robert Cialdini Ph.D.

The author of the legendary bestseller Influence, social psychologist Robert Cialdini shines a light on effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn’t lie in the message itself, but in the key moment before that message is delivered.

What separates effective communicators from truly successful persuaders? Using the same combination of rigorous scientific research and accessibility that made his Influence an iconic bestseller, Robert Cialdini explains how to capitalize on the essential window of time before you deliver an important message. This “privileged moment for change” prepares people to be receptive to a message before they experience it. Optimal persuasion is achieved only through optimal pre-suasion. In other words, to change “minds” a pre-suader must also change “states of mind.”


The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven Pressfield

Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.

Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.


The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness 

by Bari Tessler

The Art of Money is the book your money-savvy best friend, therapist, and accountant would write if they could. Bari Tessler's integrative approach creates the real possibility of “money healing,” using our relationship with money as a gateway to self-awareness and a training ground for compassion, confidence, and self-worth. Tessler's gentle techniques weave together emotional depth, big-picture visioning, and refreshingly accessible, nitty-gritty money practices. Guiding readers through a step-by-step journey, The Art of Money will help anyone transform their relationship with money and, in so doing, transform their life. As the author writes, “When we dare to speak the truth about money, amazing healing begins.”


Cate Stillman
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