6 books to help inspire and motivate, in your course, work and life!

Rhys, Enterprise Manager gives you his low-down on the top 6 books to help inspire and keep you motivated, in your course, work and life…


Are you on a mission to have an amazing 2017?  Why not start with our alternative reading list designed to get you inspired and motivated! #ideastolife

The 4-Hour Working Week – Timothy Ferris

4hour work week

It sounds crazy I know, but lifestyle design could be your answer to claiming back some of your precious time. Ferris offers all the ingredients you need, like turning common sense upside down and how to ignore the unimportant. It’s an extreme philosophy but there are plenty of ideas to pick from which could help you turn stress into a thing of the past.

Follow the author @tferriss

A House for Mr. Biswas – V.S. Naipaul

A House for Mr Biswas

Storytelling is a powerful tool in innovation so why not dip into some Nobel Prize winning fiction.  Naipaul’s classic novel set in Trinidad about the life and plights of Mohun Biswas as he strives, fails and strives again for success in the hope of one day building a house to call his own.

Find out more about the power of storytelling from ‘Yamini Naidu’

How to Have Creative IdeasEdward de Bono

How to have creative ideas

De Bono is the grandfather of creative thinking theory. Amongst his many books this one is brimming with techniques to boost your creativity and change your perspective. If you’ve ever experienced a creative ‘block’ you really need a copy in your life.

Follow the author @Edward_deBono

Invisible Influence – Jonah Berger

Invisible Influence

Find your inspiration with a healthy dose of self-awareness. Berger’s book will help you get your head around social influence and the massive impact it has on our choices every day. By understanding social influence and persuasion you could apply this science to your practical problems.

Follow the author @j1berger


Start With Why – Simon Sinek

Start with why

Despite how things seem the ability to inspire others isn’t a gift that only a few people are born with. We can all learn behaviours and disciplines to inspire others and make us better leaders. To change the things that don’t work, Sinek’s advice is to begin asking better questions; and the very best one is Why.

Follow the author @simonsinek

Where Good Ideas Come From – Steven Johnson

Where good ideas come from

What sparks a good idea? Where do world changing moments of inspiration appear from? Johnson’s book explores some of the great innovations in history and reveals the patterns and commonalities that surround them. Not only is this an eye-opening read it provides a pathway to finding your own creative breakthroughs.

Follow the author @stevenbjohnson


Inspired? Get involved with Cardiff University Enterprise and Start-up

Do you have entrepreneurial inspirations and aspirations? Cardiff University Enterprise and Start-up could help you realise your full potential in business and entrepreneurship. It’s all about thinking creatively, spotting opportunities, making things happen and developing skills for life. It’s not just about business; it’s about helping you to make the most of yourself.

We run workshops, competitions and sessions to help you develop skills and knowledge. Find out about all our courses and sessions on the intranet, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, with #ideastolife, or email us at Enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk


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Best wishes,
Rhys, Enterprise Manager

Rhys Enterpirse

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