Fulfilling Life

If you are seeking inspiration to make 2018 one of the best years of your life, there are a wealth of career and personal development books, audio books and DVDs to choose from. So, how do you know what personal development resources are the best for you?

Clearly, we all have different tastes and it depends on what goal/s you are looking to achieve. Maybe you want to unlock and fulfil your potential, overcome barriers to achieve success in your life, find meaning in your career and life, find a fulfilling job or career, achieve your career and life goals or just become the best person you can be. There is something for everyone but here are some of my favourite career & personal development resources, with a short explanation of why:

Personal Development DVDs

World renowned (showcased and endorsed by Oprah) fascinating, illuminating and enlightening but often over hyped DVD featuring how the ‘Secret’ (the Law of Attraction) can help you to manifest what you want in your life:

  • The Secret, Rhonda Byrne

Personal Development Audio Books

Two brilliant audio books (of many enjoyable hours listening) from the master of making the complex seem simple and practical. My favourite personal development guru, the brilliant author, speaker and psychologist, Brian Tracy showcases how to achieve success in your life.

  • The New Psychology of Achievement
  • The Universal Laws of Success & Achievement

Joe Vitalie was featured in the ‘Secret’ but he makes the point that as good as it is, there was an important missing ingredient, which makes the difference, which this fascinating audio book uncovers.

  • The Missing Secret, Joe Vitalie

Personal Development Books

These are two very short but amazingly clever, easy to read and powerful books, using different metaphors to challenge your thinking around how to make change happen in your life:

  • Who Moved My Cheese – An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and In Your Life, Dr Spencer Johnson
  • Free the Beagle – A Journey to Destinae, Roy H Williams

Robin Sharma’s Monk Who Sold His Ferrari series is wonderfully inspirational. Through his powerful characters and storytelling, his books challenge you be the best person you can be and how to lead a fulfilling life:

  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
  • Leadership Wisdom From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
  • Discover Your Destiny With The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari The 7 stages of Self -Awakening

Personal Development – NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)

  • Change Your Life with NLP – The Powerful way to make your whole life better, Lindsey Agness

This is a ‘simple’ but highly effective, ‘no nonsense’ personal development book, turning the complex subject of NLP into a great read to help people overcome ‘roadblocks’ in their lives and bring about positive change.

Career Development Books

Of course, I might be somewhat biased but it would be very remiss of me not to focus on my three internationally acclaimed career & personal development books, now all available in paperback and Kindle versions:

Portfolio Careers

Ground breaking book written to challenge people’s thinking about the world of work, especially the need to have a ‘traditional job. Through a powerful cocktail of real life case studies and my own knowledge and experience, I showcase how you can take back control of your career and life, make a living doing different strands of work you love and lead the working lifestyle of your choice. Described as “Taking portfolio careers into a new era. Linking passion as a key element with pleasure and profit, has established an important new angle for portfolio careers

Career Change

Endorsed by Brian Tracy and featured by leading media in many countries around the globe. Due to demand, Winning Through Career Change was repurposed from my first book, to appeal to readers who choose to make a career change and unlock and fulfil their true potential. It is also based around my unique, highly successful 6 Step career Navigation Cycle process and has been described as “The definitive career change book to make the rest of your work life, the best of your work life”.


My first book (also endorsed by Brian Tracy) and still as relevant today as when published 4 years ago. It has helped hundreds of people around the world to bounce back from redundancy, change their perspective, resulting in new opportunities they never imaged possible. It has been described as “Much more than just a book about redundancy strategies but a practical guide to career and life management that will change lives”.

I could go on forever, as Career and Personal Development are great passions, being topics close to my heart. However, I would love to hear from you, what your personal favourites are and why?

Wishing you an inspirational and fulfilling 2018!

Steve Preston is known as The Career Catalyst ®. A leading Career Coach to professionals and executives, the Career Coach’s Coach, MD of specialist Consultancy SMP Solutions (Career & People development) Ltdmotivational speaker and Internationally acclaimed Author of Career and Personal Development books and products.