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Reading List 

Here is a list of the books I would recommend to everyone, however, they are especially relevant to coaches, athletes, teachers and educators.

These books changed by coaching philosophy, the way I communicate with my clients and gave me a better understanding of who I am and what my coaching means to me. They have shaped the trainer I am today. 

Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In. Brett Bartholomew
Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In. Brett Bartholomew

In the world of strength and conditioning, learning how to move others—not just physically, but also psychologically and emotionally—is paramount to getting the most out of them. People are the ultimate performance variable, and understanding how to effectively blend knowledge of proper training with the nuances of human behavior is integral to helping athletes achieve their ultimate goals.

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Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. (Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein)
Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. (Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein)

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet.

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The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups (Daniel Coyle)
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups (Daniel Coyle)

In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle, New York Times best-selling author of The Talent Code, goes inside some of the most effective organisations in the world and reveals their secrets. He not only explains what makes such groups tick but also identifies the key factors that can generate team cohesion in any walk of life. He examines the verbal and physical cues that bring people together. He determines specific strategies that encourage collaboration and build trust, he offers cautionary tales.

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Outliers: The Story of Success (Malcom Gladwell)
Outliers: The Story of Success (Malcom Gladwell)

Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

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How to Talk so Little Kid Will Listen (Joanna Faber & Julie King)
How to Talk so Little Kid Will Listen (Joanna Faber & Julie King)

For over 35 years, parents have turned to How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk for its respectful and effective solutions to the unending challenges of raising children. Now, in response to growing demand, Adele's daughter, Joanna Faber, along with Julie King, tailor How to Talk's powerful communication skills to children ages two to seven.

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Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning (Dan John)
Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning (Dan John)

Coach Dan John breaks down the most complicated concepts of strength training and high-performance athletics in his personal, no-nonsense, thought-provoking, and motivating style. Workout routines, Olympic lifting guidance, Highland games, track and field, and Strongman events are all covered, in addition to weight training philosophy for the general public.

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The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and the Truth About Success (David Epstein)
The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and the Truth About Success (David Epstein)

In this ground-breaking and entertaining exploration of athletic success, award-winning writer David Epstein gets to the heart of the great nature vs. nurture debate, and explodes myths about how and why humans excel.

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Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World (David Epstein)
Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World (David Epstein)

A powerful argument for how to succeed in any field: develop broad interests and skills while everyone around you is rushing to specialize. From the ‘10,000 hours rule’ to the power of Tiger parenting, we have been taught that success in any field requires early specialisation and many hours of deliberate practice. And, worse, that if you dabble or delay, you'll never catch up with those who got a head start. This is completely wrong.

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The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less (Barry Schwartz)
The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less (Barry Schwartz)

In the spirit of Alvin Tofflers' Future Shock, a social critique of our obsession with choice, and how it contributes to anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret. Whether were buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions - both big and small - have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented.

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The Little Black Book of Training Wisdom (Dan Cleather)
The Little Black Book of Training Wisdom (Dan Cleather)

The most important rule of effective training is to be consistent. However, it is surprisingly easy, and human, to break this rule. Training wisdom is about recognizing and prioritizing the most important training principles and not getting distracted by secondary issues.

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Attempts: Essays on Fitness, Health, Longevity and Easy Strength (Dan John)
Attempts: Essays on Fitness, Health, Longevity and Easy Strength (Dan John)

In this collection of essays, Dan John expands on some of his famous one-liners: How many rabbits are you chasing? Enough is enough; more is just more. Fit for what? must be part of your language. The greatest secret I know in every field of life is always obvious. Think through the wonders and pleasures of achieving your goal. Last throw, best throw! No fuzzy maxes in the weight room. Correct your weaknesses, but compete with your strengths. Most of success is just showing up.

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A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (William B Irvine)
A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (William B Irvine)

One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives.

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Bad Science (Ben Goldacre)
Bad Science (Ben Goldacre)

We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases, and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan Peterson)
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan Peterson)

Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers, with his lectures on topics from the Bible to romantic relationships to mythology drawing tens of millions of viewers. In an era of unprecedented change and polarising politics, his frank and refreshing message about the value of individual responsibility and ancient wisdom has resonated around the world.

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Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be U
Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be U

Do you ever think you’re the only one making any sense? Or tried to reason with your partner with disastrous results? Do long, rambling answers drive you crazy? Or does your colleague’s abrasive manner get your back up?

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Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success (Matthew Syed)
Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success (Matthew Syed)

Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

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Subvert!: A philosophical guide for the 21st century scientist (Dan Cleather)
Subvert!: A philosophical guide for the 21st century scientist (Dan Cleather)

Science has lost its way. Multi-national corporations profit from publicly funded research by restricting access to scientific publications. There is an epidemic of mental health problems among trainee scientists. Post-truth politics has destroyed public trust in scientists and many people think that science does little to improve their quality of life.In Subvert!, Dan Cleather demonstrates the practical importance of philosophy for the modern scientist.

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Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data (Charles Wheelan)
Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data (Charles Wheelan)

Once considered tedious, the field of statistics is rapidly evolving into a discipline Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, has actually called "sexy". From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism?

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