Motivational books can get bad press, toting goals and life changes that can seem unreachable.
But whether you want to boost your productivity, do a career 180, nail the work/life balance, feel less anxious or make the most of your earnings, there’s a modern-day read brimming with attainable advice and inspiration.
Forget cringy self-help writing – these are the best non-fiction books to give you that get up and go in 2015.
100 Essays I Don’t Have Time To Write by Sarah Ruhl, £15.99
Striving to ‘do it all’ is an affliction that many modern-day women suffer with, so it’s likely you’ll relate to respected playwright and mother-of-three Sarah Ruhl’s book. Admitting she just “does what she can” instead of trying to ‘do it all’, she explores in this heartfelt tome that the juggling act of doing your best is not the most graceful one, but that you can make it work for you.
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer, £9.79
After one million Kickstarter-funded dollars and six million views on her 2013 TED Talk, it's clear that musician, artist, and provocateur Amanda Palmer knows a thing or two about the power of community. Her book (an expansion of said TED Talk) explores the role Palmer's fans played in her own artistic journey, from street artist to famed touring musician. Love her or hate her, there's a lot to learn from this powerful read.
Planning on starting your own business? Learn how to make it a household name with the help of Linzi Boyd, a serial entrepreneur who set up her first business at the age of 18 and whose glamorous communications agency has helped to elevate some of the country’s most famous high street brands. In this easy-peasy, step-by-step guide she teaches how to create that all-important recognition that ensures your business stands out above the rest.
Are you always busy, hurtling from one thing to the next, working hard to build a life you can enjoy ‘one day’, running yourself into the ground trying to do it all, get it all, and be everything to everyone? Then you seriously need a copy of Do Less Get More by your bedside. Written by leading entrepreneur and former busyness addict Shaa Wasmund, it explains why the key to being happier is to do a whole lot less, plus lays out practical steps to achieving this.