Emily Kristofferson

Looking for a good read?

I’d like to share three of my favourite books, which have helped me succeed in business and life. Maybe you might find them helpful too.

1. Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Start with Why by Simon Sinek  |  emilykristofferson.comI first heard about Simon after watching this video of his Ted talk titled, “How great leaders inspire action”. I encourage you to watch it if you haven’t already seen it! You just have to! I was so inspired by his message that I wanted more. The video is like a summary of this thought-provoking book for leaders.

My favourite quote is “People don’t buy what you do; people buy why you do it.” It explains that business is really all about relationships and sharing your story of “why”. I have found it’s much easier to share my story of “why” than the traditional way of doing business, which is selling/in your face/competition. His message is simple but powerful.

Do you know why you do what you do?


2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz  |  emilykristofferson.comOkay, this is not a business book but the lessons for life translate so well into business too.

The Four Agreements are:

Be Impeccable With Your Word
Don’t Take Anything Personally
Don’t Make Assumptions
Always Do Your Best

I believe business is so very much about the relationships we are involved in and nurture. This book helped me find a lot of freedom in all of my relationships. It helps me to remember I am always doing my best, and to let go of that drive for perfection. It’s the very best self-help book I have read. I even have Four Agreements cards, which have thoughts/quotes on them; kind of like flash cards. I sometimes use these to help get myself back on track. In my business, it helps me to stand in my own truth.


3. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath  |  emilykristofferson.comI recently took the StrengthsFinder test, which is an assessment to help uncover your top five talents. The book comes with an access code to the online test (which only takes about 20-25 minutes to complete). The results not only list your top five strengths, but also provide descriptions, insights and ideas for each. There are also examples of how the particular strength can be used to help you achieve your goals.

I have found great confidence in knowing what my own strengths are. Knowing them has helped me communicate effectively to others what I am excel at. It has also helped me learn more about myself. I hope you too can incorporate your unique strengths more into your business; they can give you an advantage and really help you stand out.

I haven’t read this book entirely yet but I wanted to include it because I found the assessment to be so valuable. The book describes all of the strengths and you can read them before or after you take the test to see how they are for you.

As an interesting side note, my five strengths are Empathy, Futuristic, Individualization, Relator and Significance.

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to know your favourites. Please let me know in the comments below.


I am having a giveaway! I am giving away these three books to one lucky winner. I am calling it my recommended reading! All you need to do is…

  1. Listen to the recording of my training call, “3 Myths of Launching and Filling an Online Program”. Sign up here to get instant access.
  2. Email info@emilykristofferson.com with the 3 myths I shared in the call and your biggest a-ha.
  3. I will randomly select a winner and send them the three books. Deadline to respond is August 19th, 2013 at midnight Eastern.


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