Ahead of the holidays, we asked our clients and candidates to recommend their favourite books and why – here are our top picks. We hope you enjoy them and find some inspiration. Happy reading!

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

This brilliant and relevant fable has definitely played an impact in my career, I still read it regularly for some inspiration. The story is very simple, it is a fable about a shepherd who goes on a quest in search of a treasure. The story is about his journey and really gives the reader food for thought about self-discovery, following your dreams, and trusting your gut instinct. The more you read it the more philosophical messages you discover throughout the book and it really offers a positive outlook on taking risks and the path to finding happiness. Indeed, “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”.

Stop Playing Safe, Margie Werell

We can achieve so much more in life if we are driven by courage rather than by fears of various kinds – courage to go after what we really want, courage to be assertive, courage to communicate even when it’s challenging, courage to learn how to embrace uncertainty and how to handle risk. It all boils down to healthy self-confidence and being deeply convinced that we can (and will!) cope with anything that life can throw at us.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

I loved this book so much. It tells a story of a lonely young lady who hides behind a routine life, but hasn’t yet dealt with the demons of her past. It is both heart breaking and heart-warming in equal measures and reminded me that it is always so important to show small acts of kindness to others every day, as you just don’t know what their story is or what they might be dealing with.

Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them, Siimon Reynolds

Using simple yet powerful and convincing communicative style the author shares practical tips, proven techniques, and useful advice on how to make your life more meaningful and fulfilling by eliminating the 16 obstacles on the way to success.

The Art of Thinking Clearly: Better Thinking, Better Decisions, Rolf Dobelli

Amazon really sums it up perfectly:
“THE SECRETS OF PERFECT DECISION-MAKING
Have you ever… Invested time in something that, with hindsight, just wasn’t worth it?
Overpaid in an Ebay auction? Continued doing something you knew was bad for you?
Sold stocks too late, or too early? Taken credit for success, but blamed failure on external circumstances? Backed the wrong horse?
These are examples of cognitive biases, simple errors we all make in our day-to-day thinking. But by knowing what they are and how to spot them, we can avoid them and make better choices – whether dealing with a personal problem or a business negotiation; trying to save money or make money; working out what we do or don’t want in life, and how best to get it.”
Simply put – it’s a great book about how to improve our decision making process in everyday life by being more aware of factors that may influence it.

How to Stop Time, Matt Haig

“How many lifetimes does it take to learn how to live” is the question posed on the back of this book. Matt Haig has a unique way of seeing the world and offers a ray of sunshine in a sometimes-difficult world. This is one of those books that alters your perception, makes you think about life in a different way and stays with you long after you’ve read it.