5 Books to Make 2018 the Year You Take That Leap


by WITHIN Cofounder Hannah Knapp

When I’m looking for personal growth inspiration, there’s nothing like a great book to open me to what’s possible.  Here are some of the books I turn to again and again.

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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Each time I pick up this book, I’m astonished again by the profound insights Tolle makes in such simple language. With a laser-sharp focus that cuts through all the excuses we can come up with for not being here, now, Tolle offers a radically different worldview from the one we’ve grown up with, one that is tremendously hopeful and inspiring.

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A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield

This is the book that first introduced me to the idea that my life could be measured not by how much success or achievement I racked up, but by the depth of meaning and - yes - love that I cultivated in it. Kornfield has a delightfully meandering style that weaves in many anecdotes from his own life as he offers guidance on how you might choose to live yours.

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The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks 

This book is the best I’ve found for jumpstarting your personal growth journey. With passion and humor, Hendricks offers simple ideas that will profoundly change the way you look at your time on this planet. Warning: this book may inspire radical change!

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Are YOU Ready to Succeed? by Srikumar S. Rao

Rao wrote this book based on a course he taught at Columbia Business School, as a Westernized approach to Eastern philosophy. Full of exercises that are designed to help you break free of the mindsets that have kept you small, this book is a great way to systematically shift your thinking and your actions into a much more positive - and fruitful - direction.

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Creating True Prosperity by Shakti Gawain

A gentler approach than Rao or Hendricks to similar territory: how to experience the life you’re living to the fullest. Gawain offers examples from her own life as well as exercises and philosophy to guide you as you shift yourself out of scarcity, and into abundance.

What books inspire you?  We'd love to hear them! Share your favorites in the comments, below.

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