Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead by Nancy AncowitzSelf-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead by Nancy Ancowitz
This is an indispensable guide that helps introverts excel in an extrovert’s world. All professionals need to promote themselves to advance in their careers, and introverts face the unique challenge of overcoming their reserved natures to get their message out. But as Nancy Ancowitz explains in this essential resource, introverts need not battle against their natural tendencies in order to raise their career visibility. “Self-Promotion for Introverts(registered)” shows readers how to leverage their quiet skills and talk about themselves and their businesses, ideas, and accomplishments confidently and with minimal stress to get the recognition they deserve.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan CainQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The book that started the Quiet Revolution At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak that we owe many of the great contributions to society. In “Quiet, “Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, “Quiet “has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content.

 The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing GeniusThe Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett
Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob is today, at age twelve, working on extending Einstein’s theory of relativity. His story is remarkable, and all the more so because his prodigious mind and talents were almost lost after he was diagnosed with autism at age three. An extraordinary true story of what it is like to live with an exceptional child, Scattered Skills is a testimony to the power of hope, and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we keep our minds open and learn how to fuel the potential that exists in every child.

Life Makeovers: 52 Practical & Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time  by Cheryl RichardsonLife Makeovers: 52 Practical & Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time  by Cheryl Richardson
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller – featuring a powerful program that shows you how to reclaim your life one week at a time.Cheryl Richardson, the bestselling author of ‘Take Time for Your Life’, known to millions for her ‘Lifestyle Makeover’ series on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, recognises first hand how tough it can be to juggle the daily demands of living in a fast-paced world, and how easily you can become disconnected from your true self and what makes you happy.

 Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher Novel) by Lee ChildWorth Dying For (Jack Reacher Novel)  by Lee Child
A crime detective novel with good old Jack Reacher as the down and out detective making good.  Some good twists and angles.  An excellent holiday light read. – Allison
Has Jack Reacher finally met his match? 61 Hours ended with maverick loner Jack Reacher trapped in a desperate situation from which escape seemed impossible. Even for him. But Reacher has done the impossible before. Now there’s deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska… and Reacher walks right into it. Reacher – bruised and battered – should have just kept on going. But for Reacher, that was impossible.

My Life So Far By Jane FondaMy Life So Far by Jane Fonda
There are always regrets in life, among them things we’ve done that we wish we could take back and erase. I have significant ones that will haunt me forever and which I hope I have been brave enough to confront in this book.” Surprising, candid, and wonderfully written, Jane Fonda’s “My Life So Far” is filled with universal insights into the personal struggles of women living full and engaged lives. I was blown away by Jane’s honesty and openness and the amazing life she has had to date.  Her journey of self discovery and self development is very interesting.  She is an activist who has stood up for her beliefs and used her wealth to make a difference in the world.  An inspiring read. – Allison

Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost EverythingWomen Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth
The bestselling author of “When Food Is Love” helps overeaters find the underlying reasons for using food as an emotional buffer. Roth also provides seven basic guidelines for eating and other therapeutic self-help tools. Roth has taken the sum total of her experience and combined it with spirituality and psychology to explain women’s true hunger. Roth’s approach to eating is that it is the same as any addiction – an activity to avoid feeling emotions.
This book is loaded with insights about how we use food to manage our feelings rather than deal with the things that are really happening. Roth encourages us to pay attention to what we truly need – which cannot be found in the fridge or a supermarket. Ultimately she reveals how our relationship with food is the doorway to freedom and what we most want. – Allison

Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done - Today! By Brian TracyEat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracey
There just isn’t enough time for everything on our ‘To Do’ list – and there never will be. Successful people don’t try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get done. There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you’ll do all day. Using ‘eat that frog’ as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day – the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also probably the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life – Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

The Career Maze Guiding Your Children Towards a Successful Future By Heather CarpenterThe Career Maze: Guiding Your Children Towards a Successful Future by Heather Carpenter
Fantastic read for parents who want to know how to guide their teenagers through the maze of career choices – Allison
Every year thousands of young people become lost in the career maze and swamped in information overload. This results in career choices made for the wrong reasons, poor choices of training or study, and high rates of dropping out, failure and confusion at the time when young people should be inspired and motivated about the future. Young people need to develop the self-knowledge that guides them to the right career path.

Your 21st Century Career New Paths to Personal Success By Heather CarpenterYour 21st Century Career: New Paths to Personal Success By Heather Carpenter
With valuable insights and self-assessment strategies, Heather Carpenter provides the practical framework necessary to achieve your best career, at any age – Allison
In this rapidly changing world of shifting economic markets, workers today are required to be flexible, creative and innovative in order to survive. This book provides valuable new insights and the practical framework to identify your best career for the workplace of the 21st century. Heather Carpenter has devised special exercises, strategies and self-assessment charts to help readers of all ages analyse their skills to find the career that is right for them. Knowledge is a prime asset of careers in the 21st century and the author delves into current research and career theory to provide readers with up-to-date knowledge and tools to analyse their career choices. This book provides powerful thinking; it will guide your career path to ensure you find satisfaction doing the work you enjoy, and discover new paths to personal success.

Lighten Up A New Healthier Way to Cook By Jill DupleixLighten Up: A New Healthier Way to Cook  by Jill Dupleix and Petrina Tinslay
Lighten Up is a refreshing new approach to modern healthy eating. It is not a diet book but a book for all food lovers who believe good food can be good for you. Containing over 100 recipes, there are chapters on sustaining breakfasts, scrumptious salads, nourishing soups, spicy food, veggo food, fast food that’s good for you, slow food that cooks itself, easy food, pure steamy food and fruity food to round off a meal, plus a selection of dishes for special occasions. The balance in Jill’s cooking has shifted away from meat meals and dairy produce towards fish, fruit, salads, grains and vegies. She still looks to provide big flavours, creamy textures and crisp edges, but without the cream, the pastry, refined sugars and animal fats.

Parent/Teen Breakthrough The Relationship Approach (Plume) By Mira Kirshenbaum, Charles FosterParent/Teen Breakthrough: The Relationship Approach (Plume)  by Charles Foster and Mira Kirshenbaum
A perceptive and helpful guide to building a respectful, loving, and effective relationship between parent and teen or pre-teen. With many sample dialogues and practical, concrete suggestions, the authors show how parents can offer help and guidance that a teenager will accept, and maintain a loving, non-combative relationship.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything  by Elizabeth Gilbert
I know many of you have already read the book Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything. I’ve only just read it and now it’s my turn to rave about this book. Eat, Pray, Love One Woman's Search for Everything By Elizabeth GilbertFor those of you who haven’t read it, it is a true story of Elizabeth’s climb out of a messy divorce and her trips to Italy, Bali and an Ashram in India to, in summary, find herself.The wonder of this book is that it is written in a delightful style which is honest, easy to read but very thought provoking. What has me raving is the many life gems within it, written in a sensible practical and easy to understand way. Today I will share with you from her book Eat Pray Love, her thoughts on the balance between destiny and action. Do we just let life happen and take the attitude that it’s all meant to be or should we “make” things happen, get out there and go do it?

Committed: A Love Story By Elizabeth GilbertCommitted: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage  by Elizabeth Gilbert
Gilbert tackled her fears of marriage by delving completely into this topic, trying with all her might to discover (through historical research, interviews and much personal reflection) what this stubbornly enduring old institution actually is. The result is Committed – a witty and intelligent contemplation of marriage that debunks myths, unthreads fears and suggests that sometimes even the most romantic of souls must trade in her amorous fantasies for the humbling responsibility of adulthood. Gilbert’s memoir – destined to become a cherished handbook for any thinking person hovering on the verge of marriage – is ultimately a clear-eyed celebration of love, with all the complexity and consequence that real love, in the real world, actually entails.

The Self-Esteem Workbook By Glenn R. SchiraldiThe Self-esteem Workbook  by Glenn R. Schiraldi
If your self-esteem is based solely on performance-if you view yourself as someone who’s worthy only when you’re performing well or acknowledged as doing a good job-the way you feel about yourself will always depend on external factors. Your self-esteem affects everything you do, so if you feel unworthy or your confidence is shaped by others, it can be a huge problem. With this second edition of The Self-Esteem Workbook, you’ll learn to see yourself through loving eyes by realizing that you are inherently worthy, and that comparison-based self-criticism is not a true measure of your value.

The Gabriel Method By Jon GabrielThe Gabriel Method: the Revolutionary Diet-free Way to Totally Transform Your Body  by Jon Gabriel
When Jon Gabriel’s life took an unexpected turn, he suddenly was awakened to the marvelous gift that he had been given — the opportunity to live — and was disgusted at how he had treated his body. At over four hundred pounds, walking, sleeping, and working was a struggle against gravity, and his life was a constant battle between emotional and physical satiation. He was slowly killing himself with food. Like the estimated 58 percent of Americans, and rising numbers in other countries, Jon was trapped in what he came to call the FAT – Famine and Temperature – trap. By studying biochemistry, Gabriel learned that your body has an internal logic that determines how fat or thin you will be at any given time.

 Business Wise: A Practical Guide to Success in Business By Fred StewartBusiness Wise: A Practical Guide to Success in Business  by Fred Stewart
I heard Fred speak recently and was very impressed by the research he had done for his book and his hands on knowledge of the NZ economy.  He has re-engineered many businesses and this book provides advice to business owners and operators on how to run a business well and where extra effort can pay off.  Written in easy every day language.  – Allison
Known as ‘The Company Doctor’ Fred Stewart has spent many years restoring sick and failing businesses back to profitable health. His list of successes includes; large international groups, major public companies and Government Agencies both in N.Z, Australia and the U.S.A. His work has seen him travel the world mixing with business leaders, senior bankers and politicians alike. As an actor for over 26 years, he has taken on numerous roles in television and feature films for local and overseas film production companies.

 The Money or Your Life: Finding Fulfilling Work in the New Millennium By John ClarkThe Money or Your Life: Finding Fulfilling Work in the New Millennium  by John Clark
For many people the career path proves to be a road to hell. Even those who have risen to the heights in their careers often feel frustrated, trapped, bored or isolated, although they may continue to present to the world an image of contented success. Their careers are an economic pursuit that offer external rewards like money and status, but little enjoyment or inner fulfilment. Such career angst is rife throughout the world of managers and professionals. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Work and joy can – indeed should – go hand in hand.

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What it Was By Barbara SherI Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What it Was by Barbara Sher
If you suspect there could be more to life than what you’re getting… if you always knew you could do anything if you only knew what it was, this extraordinary book is about to prove you right! A life without direction is a life without passion. This is a perfect book for new college graduates or anyone sick and tired of languishing in a dead-end job or relationship – yet reluctant to make drastic life changes due to uncertainty about what would actually inspire them. Barbara helps peel away the layers to reveal hopes and aspirations and overcome the barriers to success and happiness. Whether you’re looking to make improvements in your job or personal life, Sher will teach you how to determine what your goals are and how to successfully reach them.

 Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway By Susan J. JeffersFeel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Internationally renowned author, Susan Jeffers, has helped millions of people around the globe to overcome their fears and heal the pain in their lives. Such fears may include: Public speaking; Asserting yourself; Making decisions; Intimacy; Changing jobs; Being alone; Ageing; Driving; Losing a loved one; Ending a relationship. But whatever your anxieties, “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway” will give you the insight and tools to vastly improve your ability to handle any given situation. You will learn to live your life the way you want – so you can move from a place of pain, paralysis and depression to one of power, energy and enthusiasm.

I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This A Step-By-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work By Julie JansenI Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-By-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work  by Julie Jansen
Career coach Julie Jansen shows how anyone whether you re unhappy with your job, or without one can implement a real and satisfying transformation. Changing careers, conducting a job search, or starting a business is more complicated than ever before. Jansen has updated her classic guide to address the unique challenges of today s job market, from the ever-more important world of social media to new ways of funding your own endeavors online. Filled with quizzes, personality assessments, and real-life examples, this guide helps you identify the type of work you re best suited for and provides the know-how and the inspiration for transforming an uncertain time into an opportunity for meaningful change.

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