100 best books to read to be a better coach ( and human)

No matter where you are on your life path, there's always room for improvement. Here's Sharon Pearson's top picks to find pathways and wise friends in inspirational books.

This list is hardly complete—it's an ever changing intellectual feast—but here's what I think of as some of the 100 best books to read to be a better coach (and human.)

I don't know what I'd do without books. They surround me at my home, at my beach house, in the office. I'm never without a few new intriguing titles next to the bed, and when I can I haunt bookshops—yes, I am that person who can spend an hour or two in a store corner breathing in the shelves' possibilities.

My library of books serves as a great model and has influenced my life in so many ways. It's like picking my favourite person's brains whenever I want, wherever I want, without an appointment.

From getting unstuck to trying out new ideas to upskilling myself when it comes to coaching, business, and life itself, books have been there through the journey and challenged my internal status quo for the better.

The following list of 100 best books is a medley of personal development, coaching, positive psychology, leadership and human behaviour from a business (and personal) perspective.

Of course, you'll find many of these books are an overlap in the categories, and they provide you a basic framework to navigate your own path.

If you haven't read them yet, I highly encourage you to start doing so now. It will be time well spent.

Books on Personal Development

1. Ultimate You By Sharon Pearson

2. The Power of Now: A Guide Spiritual Enlightenment By Eckhart Tolle

3. Managing Oneself By Peter F Drucker

4. Life in Half a Second: How to Achieve Success Before It’s Too Late By Mathew Michalewicz

5. Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long By David Rock

6. 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less By Richard Koch

7. Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity By Carson Tate

8. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ By Daniel Goleman

9. The Power of Intention By Dr Wayne Dyer

10. Feel the Fear… and Do it Anyway By Susan Jeffers

11. Radical Self-Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha By Tara Brach

12. Think Like A Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain By Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

13. The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master, Volume 1 By Seneca

14. We Learn Nothing: Essays By Tim Kreider

15. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work By Mason Currey

16. The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level By Gay Hendricks

17. Talk like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top MindsBy Carmine Gallo

18. The Fish That Ate The Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King By Rich Cohen

19. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing By Al Ries and Jack Trout

20. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference By Malcom Gladwell

21. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battlesd By Steven Pressfield

22. Good to Great By Jim Collins

23. A Short Story of Everything By Bill Bryson

24. Tao Te Ching By Lao Tsu

25. Awaken The Giant Within By Anthony Robbins

26. Eat That Frog!: Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Timey By Brian Trac

27. Civilization and Its Discontents By Sigmund Freud

28. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff At Work By Richard Carlson

29. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions By Dan Ariely

30. The 4-Hour Work Week By Tim Ferris

Books on Coaching

31. The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection and Courage By Brene Brown

32. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration By Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

33. Instant Rapport By Michael Brooks

34. Thinking Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman

35. Meta Dynamics Platinum Pack By Sharon Pearson

36. Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust By Chris Brogan

37. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens By Steven Covey

38. Start With Why By Simon Sinek

39. Co-Active Coaching: Changing Business, Transforming Lives By Henry Kimsey-House and Karen Kimsey-House

40. 50 Top Tools for Coaching: A Complete Toolkit for Developing and Empowering People By Gillian Jones and Ro Gorell

41. Coaching for Leadership: The Practice of Leadership Coaching from the World's Greatest Coaches By Marshall Goldsmith and Laurence Lyons

42. Coaching Questions: A Coach's Guide to Powerful Asking Skills By Tony Stoltzfus

43. Challenging Coaching: Going beyond traditional coaching to face the FACTS By John Blakey

44. The Five Minute Coach: Improve Performance Rapidly By Lynne Cooper and Mariette Castellino

45. Transformational Executive CoachingBy Ted Middleberg

46. Vision Board By The Coaching Institute

47. Guerrilla Marketing for Coaches: Six Steps to Building Your Million-Dollar Coaching Practice By Jay Levinson and Andrew Neitlich

48.The Prosperous Coach: Increase Income and Impact for You and Your Clients By Steve Chandler

Books on Positive Psychology

49. You Can Heal Your Life By Louise Hay

50. Meditations By Marcus Aurelius

51. Positive Psychology: A Practical Guide to Personal Transformation: Motivational Psychology: Gain Confidence in Every Area of Your Life (Applied Psychology) By Nathan Bellow and Johnny Bell

52. The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life By Don Ruiz and Janet Mills

53. Mindset: The Psychology of Success By Carol S Dweck

54. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose By Eckhart Tole

55. The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

56. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and Art of Battling Giants By Malcom Gladwell

57. The Art of Exceptional Living By Jim Rohn

58. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work By Shawn Achor

59. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experiencei By Mihaly Csikszentmihaly

60. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science By Norman Doidge

61. Learned Optimism: How To Change Your Mind and Your Life By Martin Seligman

62. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking By Malcom Gladwell

63. Your Success: 10 Steps to an Extraordinary Life By Sharon Pearson

64. Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work By Steven Pressfield

65. Outliers: The Story of Success By Malcom Gladwell

66. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion By Robert B Cialdini

67. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear By Elizabeth Gilbert

68. 48 Laws of Power By Robert Greene

69. The Art of War By Sun Tzu