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As a lover of learning, I think it’s important to share the knowledge that we gain to others – Below is a personally curated list of materials below across a variety of topics.
Whilst the list is not exhaustive, I’ve tried to put a mini summary and/or a quote from the material that I believe may add value or pique your interest to delve in further.

Quick Jump: Personal Development | Training

Personal Development


The Code of the Extraordinary Mind

Vishen Lakhiani

The book includes methods and ideas to question previous beliefs passed on to you, and how you can go about rewrite and upgrade them for you and your future. It takes a different approach to goal setting. (means goals versus end goals.)

Extraordinary minds do not need to seek validation from outside opinion or through the attainment of goals. Instead, they are truly at peace with themselves and the world around them. They live fearlessly—immune to criticism or praise and fueled by their own inner happiness and self-love

Can’t Hurt Me

David Goggins

We are all human. We are all flawed in one way or the other. If you really want to truly be who you are meant to be, you have to face your demons. The challenges in this are great. Just because someone tells you, that some things are impossible, ask yourself…. “But what if….”

What I enjoyed this audiobook in particular was the format of the story itself, followed up with a podcast interview and challenge at the end of every chapter. I think many people can resonate with David Goggins. Maybe not from the perspective of his personal life, but we’ve all faced some sort of set backs and put in work to dig deep and overcome our limitations.

Make It Stick

Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel

A little dragged out, but if you can regularly apply the concepts presented in this book, it can help with understanding and retention of material for longer periods of time versus those who may not have considered these techniques. Not ground-breaking material, but definitely effective and useful.


Dr Carol Dweck.

It is not uncommon to hear the phrase(s) fixed mindset, and growth mindset. Can you understand the patterns that trigger one or the other to take over? Tom Bilyeu has said mindset is everything. Like Can’t Hurt Me, this book also contains questions and challenges at the end of each chapter, to help you dig deeper into your mindset and understand yourself on a deeper level.

People may start with different temperaments and different aptitudes, but it is clear that experience, training, and personal effort take them the rest of the way.


Triphasic Training

Cal Dietz

Easy to read book on how to improve your sports performance – bigger, stronger and faster. Whether you are a martial artist or dancer, there is something to say about the way you train. Does your training regime reflect specificity for your sport/passion?

“ Simply walking into a weight room every day to have an athlete perform ten sets of ten reps on the back squat, six days a week for six months straight will not make him a better athlete. A coach needs a periodization method that allows for the application of high levels of stress within a framework that gives optimal recovery time between workouts to ensure proper, continuous adaptation to stress.”

elitefts Bench Squat & Deadlift Manuals

Dave Tate and elitefts

I’m no powerlifter, but listening to Dave Tate give knowledge away selflessly in his table talk podcasts and other interviews over the years as part of his live, learn, pass on motto, I couldn’t help but not support his vision. Purchasing these books, allowed me to give back to Dave to keep planting seeds for future generations to grow. If you love lifting, there are gems of information in these manuals, that you could use to take you to your next PR or check your form.


Mel C. Siff and Yuri Verkhoshansky