I created this page as a go-to list of my favorite resources for creating a life of meaning, purpose, and impact. I’ve included them here so that you may benefit from them as I have. I’ll regularly be updating the list, so keep checking up on it.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below may be affiliate links, from which I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. However, these are all resources I have tried myself or use personally. Please do not feel forced to purchase anything using these links.
DAILY PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER
Get a free copy of my 1-page Daily Productivity Planner that high performers use to focus on what’s important, achieve their goals faster, and make a bigger impact at work and at home.
FREE SELF-AWARENESS EBOOK: DO YOU KNOW YOU?
Do You Know You is a free ebook guide featuring 5 self-awareness exercises for figuring out who you are, what you want and why you’re here. In any journey, we cannot determine how to get to our destination if we don’t know our starting point.
OPTIMAL LIVING 101
Isn’t it a little funny that we grew up being taught how to do math, science, accounting and all that fun stuff but never really how to live? Brian Johnson’s Optimize program is the class we never had. Brian distills over 300 of the greatest books on optimal living and personal growth into easy-to-digest 6-page pdf’s and 20-minute mp3’s so we can get the core wisdom without the complicated jargon. I can’t recommend this highly enough.
Check it out here.
A Philosopher’s Notes: Brian Johnson is an awesome guy. He spends his life reading the best wisdom on creating an optimal life, then distills it all into easy-to-digest notes for the rest of us. This book is a collection of the best stuff he’s learned.
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts: If I had to describe it, I’d say Vagabonding is the universal guidebook for a simple & meaningful life and travel. Covers all things you may need to consider when planning any long-term travel experience. I used this before backpacking solo through South-East Asia.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: Quite simply, a must-read for everyone. In this great story, Santiago, a shephard boy, decides to pursue his dream and teaches us some powerful lessons along the way.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma: I don’t know how it took me so long to discover this absolute gem. As someone who reads slowly, I found this really easy to get through and consider it a must-read for everyone. The book shares the tools for creating an enlightened, fulfilling life via an entertaining story.
The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes: Lewis Howes has been a big inspiration for me personally and his book was no different. It features the top lessons he’s learned from interviewing dozens of guests who have achieved greatness in their respective fields.
MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES
Finding Joe: If you’ve never heard of the concept of The Hero’s Journey, it’s basically Joseph Campbell’s theory of how we all have our own journey in life of following our bliss. It can be seen in all the great movies of our time and this documentary does a great job in explaining it further. Prepare to be inspired!
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: I first saw this movie on the plane to South-East Asia and it was scary how accurate it was for me at the time. Walter goes through life on auto-pilot until he meets someone who encourages him to live a little. His life becomes an adventure in which he creates a life story worth telling.
Into the Wild: If you’ve ever considered getting up and running away from the confines of society, you’ll love this one. Based on a true story, the movie documents the journey of a boy who seeks more from his life.
Steve Jobs Commencement Speech: While not technically a move or documentary, this is one of the most powerful clips I’ve watched and has a big impact on my life. For more of my favorite inspirational videos, check out my Must See YouTube playlist.
Coach.me: Previously known as Lift, Coach.me features hundreds of personal goals, habits or behaviors you’d like to work on, and provides the support necessary to achieve those goals/stick to those habits. There is also the added feature of hiring a coach to help you along the way, of which I am one ? If you want to work with me or just check out the habits I coach, you can check out my profile here.
Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 & VIA Character Strengths: These are two really great online assessments of your strengths. You’ll get insights into how to use them more proactively, what jobs you could consider, what to avoid and more.
Five Minute Journal: Journaling is a great way to practice gratitude and recap what went right or wrong in your day. The Five Minute Journal makes this easy by having preset questions for you to answer, as well as a daily quote. It’s “the journal for people who don’t journal”. I love it and use the same format in my own journal each day.
F.lux: This little guy minimizes blue light exposure by applying a funky orange glow on your computer screen which automatically fades in with the sunset time of your region. This is great for when you need to work late at night as it minimizes the disruption of our natural circadium rhythm. This is actually something I want to get installed in university computer rooms for students working late at night.
Unroll.me: Unroll.me allows you to see how many email newsletters you’re subscribed to (scary!) and then gives you the option of unsubscribing from them, keeping them in your inbox or adding them to what they call a Rollup – a single email containing multiple newsletters. No more crowded inbox!
Boomerang for Gmail: On the topic of emails, Boomerang is another tool I love. It allows you to schedule email sending, return messages to your inbox at a later time to allow you to focus on more important work and much more, all from within your current Gmail.
Dropbox, Pocket, Delicious: Some tools I use to save content on one device and access it on all others. Pocket is without doubt my top choice here. Rather than allowing myself to get distracted by new articles and research, I simply use the Pocket browser extension to save them for reading later. The cool part is it allows you to read offline and creates a very minimalist reading experience, removing all ads and distractions.
IFTTT: These guys are wizards. IFTTT stands for If “This Then That” and allows you to create “recipes” which automatically play out when a trigger is activated. For example, you can set a recipe which automatically updates your Twitter profile pic when you change your Facebook profile pic. This is a tiny example, but the possibilities are endless! Give it a go.
LastPass: LastPass saves all your current passwords (as well as other sensitive information you want to save) into a vault and then requires you to only remember one master password. When filling in a login form, you can simply recall your passwords using the master password. There is also the option to generate random passwords which are stronger than those you would pick yourself.
Trello: It took me a while to start using, but Trello has been a game changer in terms of organising projects and increasing my productivity. Check it out.
FastKeys: OK, if you’re using Windows, you simply need to get this tool – it is hands down the best $10 I have ever spent. FastKeys allows you to create keyboard shortcuts to launch scripts, programs, files, etc. and also allows you to launch several programs at once with the click of a button. My description doesn’t do it any justice. Just get it and thank me later!