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WHAT'S ON

MY BOOKSHELF?

Do you want to know what I'm currently reading and what I've read that's inspired, challenged or changed me? These books, blogs and websites are about connection and the impact of loneliness and competition.

 

For a minimalist, the books have made the transition from Kindle to hard copy and occupy space on my bookshelf. High praise.

WHAT I'M READING NOW*

(as at 7 July 2020)

I'm reading two books:

'Lost Connections: Why you're depressed and how to find hope' by Johann Hari. This book is so good! It's taking me such a long time to read as it feels like almost every paragraph makes such a good point.

'Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From The Best In The World' by Tim Ferriss.

Have you read either one of these? Let me know your thoughts.

* I neither solicit nor receive remuneration for what I read or my comments.  

**IMPORTANT MESSAGE**

Before you scroll down to see what writing and podcasts influence me, please read this:

If you feel like things could be different in some part of your life and change is needed, reading books (including my book), listening to podcasts and watching TED Talks are great places to start if you're seeking inspiration and want to increase awareness within yourself.

​I've read, and continue to read, many self-improvement books and listen to self-improvement podcasts. But all the change in my life has come from me doing something differently. This was hard. It was scary and I tried my hardest to negotiate an easier way forward. There isn't one. I needed help to make those changes meaningful to me, and I got that help from a coach and mentors.

The same applies to you: Nothing changes until you change what you do.

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BOOKS THAT INFLUENCE ME

BLOGS
The Loneliness Guy

I write another blog on loneliness. At The Loneliness Guy I work to de-stigmatise loneliness and promote authentic connection for gay men globally.

Mark Groves - Mark Groves podcast

Groves' work makes me feel like I can do anything so long as I remain true to who I am. I recommend this work to so many people. His Instagram page (@createthelove) is extremely follow-worthy and has a knack for posting exactly what I need to see at exactly the right time.

Mike Campbell - Man Coach

I first discovered Mike's work through his blog. It really resonated with me. Now he's my friend, coach and mentor. I also do some coaching work with him in his School of Personal Mastery.

Thrive Global

Thrive Global is all about the importance of connection to self - chiefly through self-capacity management - as a way to put ourselves into the world in a sustainable way.

Gretchen Rubin

This was the first blog that I ever followed and I found Rubin's work insightful. I have my own thoughts on happiness as a goal. I like to think that I have a choice to be happy in any given situation and have a goal to be content with life. Perhaps this is something for me to investigate further in an article...

PODCASTS
Tandem Nomads - Tandem Nomads

This is the podcast hosted by the incomparable Amel Derragui. Amel has writtten a blog and appeared on my podcast at The Lonely Diplomat. On Tandem Nomads podcast show (online radio) you will be able to discover inspiring stories from expat spouses around the world and find practical advice to reinvent your career and become a successful global entrepreneur. Fully recommend this podcast.

Brene Brown - Unlocking Us

Dr Brown is my intellectual crush. She has spent that last two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers. A life goal is to sit and have a good chat with her.

The Minimalists

‘The Minimalists’ are the rockstars of minimalism and are often people’s entrée into the concept. Their blog, books, podcasts and movie have been accessed by millions.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Co

I love this podcast so much. So many interesting people having a real conversation about themselves and sharing their stories.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Th

This is a special series on how to find community and connection amidst coronavirus - and the importance of community and connection in general. It's hilariously funny, too.

Tim Ferriss - The Tim Ferriss Show

An extremely popular podcast from the bestselling author and human guinea pig. His fear-setting exercise helped me come out (see episode #422).

Mark Groves - Mark Groves podcast

Mark Groves, a Human Connection Specialist, explores the complex world of relationships and connection. What underlies our connection with ourselves and others? Why do we show up the way we do in our romantic relationships, professional life, friendships, our own health and wellness and more? How do we maintain long term connections that thrive? Mark has a fun, no holds barred, no BS approach to exploring the human condition and the fundamentals of all our human connections.

Monocle - The Globalist

Daily news bulletin for a European perspective

Oprah Winfrey - Super Soul Conversations

Do you even listen to podcasts if you don't listen to this? A life goal is to be interviewed by Oprah under those trees...

GOT ANY SUGGESTIONS?

You know a book, blog or podcast that you think will be helpful for me and others?

 

Let me know!

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