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21-Day Lockdown… 21 Empowering Books To Read

Nationwide lockdown is upon us. Which means we’ll be working from home, spending quality time with the fam, exercising in the lounge, decluttering… but probably also looking for something to feed our minds. So, here’s a selection of 21 books to see you through the next three weeks. Best part: They were all recommended to us by successful people and we guarantee they’ll make you feel much more empowered when we arrive on the other side…

1/ Soar by Bishop TD Jakes is recommended by entrepreneur, a social activist, singer/songwriter Leanne Dlamini. This is the ideal reading material if you’re looking for advice on how to make it in business without losing your faith.

2/ Tax professional Kate Dunjane, recommends The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation by Kelly McGonigal. Why it’s easier for the brain to lead you to self-criticism and how to re-channel that knowledge into self-compassion.

3/ Founder of dynamic image and beauty company, Anointed Beauty Za Zona Mpendulo recommends, Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of The Mind. A thought-provoking book to help you understand your own mindset. Get your thinking straight with this great guide.

4/ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is chock-full of valuable life lessons. Essential reading if you want to work on your self-development, no matter what your age, recommends Jena Goncalves, Founder of Alchemy Elixzar.

5/ Emi Grobbelaar, Founder of Alchemy Elixzar says her must-have read is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The book focuses on manifesting a successful and thriving business and lifestyle.

6/ Entrepreneur and Founder of the Galileo Open Air Cinema, Huenu Solsona says every entrepreneur should read The E-Myth and Blue Oceans Strategies. These two platforms help small business owners to envision their business as separate from themselves – a critical skill in changing the way your business operates for the better.

7. CEO of Green Terrace, Mbali Nwoko recommends A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. This was one of the books on Oprah’s Book Club list. If you enjoy offerings with anecdotes and philosophies, then this one’s for you.

8/ Art Curator Thembakazi Matroshe says Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes is a must-read. If you enjoy Shonda’s series, you’ll love delving into her head and discovering where her stories actually come from. Bonus: It’s also available as an audiobook, read by Shonda herself.

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9/ Every man and woman should own We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. By the end of it, you’ll have a real grasp of the importance of feminism. Tip: This is an investment to pass on from generation to generation says Art Curator, Thembakazi Matroshe

10/ Horticulturist Hildegard Witbooi recommends The 5am Club by Robin Sharma – dubbed “The Manifesto For Mastery”. This fave comes highly recommended by successful early birds.

11/  CEO of the HolGoun Group, Vanessa Gounden recommends Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. This is an excellent and wide-ranging work of history that’ll give you a deeper understanding of evolutionary development.

12/ Content Marketing Manager for IQOS at Philip Morris South Africa, Sibongile Bean says everyone should probably read Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. You may have read it as a young child, but the life lessons still apply as an adult in 2020. This one is classic Seuss, dishing up some of the best life advice you’ll ever read.

13/ Founder of Afari, a luxury South African skincare, Margaux Knuppe recommends Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The book offers perspective, insight and clear-eyed optimism for why and how each of us can and should meet one of the great moral and humanitarian challenges of our times. Bill Gates recommends this book too!

14/ Anthea Scholtz, DJ, and director of company Tové Experience recommends, the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. The book is about becoming aware of your now and embracing it to the fullest – kinda feels like it was meant for this time…

15/ Devote yourself to the ongoing journey of self-realisation with Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, advises Anthea Scholtz.

16/ Anthea Scholtz says The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**K by Mark Manson teaches us to improve our lives and find courage; it’s about perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity and forgiveness.

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17/ Media personality, radio DJ and businesswoman Fix Moeti says, Leap Frog – The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs by Nathalie Molina Niño will change your life, whether you are on an entrepreneurial path or just dreaming of taking the leap.

18/Architect and academic, Dr. Philippa Tumubweinee recommends adult colouring books. These have become a trend and Live Out Of Your Imagination, Not Your History by Stephen Covey falls in the same category. This daily motivation quotes sketchbook is perfect for personal writing, taking notes and doodling your way to inspiration.

19/ Every woman should own a copy of Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes says registered dietician Jessica Kotlowitz. The book links old cultures to the modern psyche of women.

20/ Are you a fan of autobiographies? Head of brand communications and strategy for local niche brand storyteller Idea Hive. Keletso Nkabiti recommends The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou. Angelou writes about both personal and societal turmoil in a way that few others ever could. 

21/ Regional Manager for Veeam in Afric, Kate Mollett recommends She Speaks: The Power of Women’s Voices by Yvette Cooper. In this book, Cooper introduces speeches by impactful women, demonstrating how powerful and persuasive oratory can be.

What’s on your booklist during this period?

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