We have specially hand-picked a range of books for your personal development and progression, which compliments our ethos, methods and the way we work at XYC-Life.

Our TOP PICK for men...


by Rod Boothroyd
Paperback £11.67

This exciting new book describes the male archetypes of Warrior, Magician, Lover and King in a way designed for a 21st century audience. The author explains the characteristics of each archetype in its balanced form, as well as the inflated and deflated forms which can result from the emotional wounding we experience during childhood.

If you've ever had difficulty understanding why you behave in the way you do, this book will provide you with clear answers. The book will also be a revelation for you if you feel like you have less control over your thoughts, feelings and emotions than you would like.

This book comes highly recommended as a practical, down to earth, and instantly usable manual for good emotional health. It is a book designed both for our times and for our current challenges.

Categories: Psychology & Emotions, Mental Health, Psychology


The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements, reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. The book offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

Categories: Health, Family & Lifestyle Self Help, Spiritual Thought & Practice


The Key to Living the Law of Attraction by Jack 

The Key  is a simple 'how to' guide for using the Law of Attraction to create the life you desire. It explains not only what you need to know but what you need to do in order to attract what you want in your life. It addresses important issues of clarity, purpose and action.

Categories: Popular Psychology, Practical & Motivational Self Help, 

The Master Key System by Charles F Haanel

"The Master Key System" is the only clear, concise, comprehensive, definitive, distinctive, cogent, and scientific presentation of the Creative Power of Thought ever formulated by any one person at any one time. It provides a system that teaches the ultimate principles, causes, effects, and laws that underlie all attainment and success.

Categories: Popular Psychology, Practical & Motivational Self Help

The Success Principles Workshop by Jack Canfield

The Success Principles Workbook focuses on the original book’s core 17 principles – from ‘Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life’ to ‘Surround Yourself with Successful People’ – and provides step-by-step instructions, incorporating self-discovery exercises, ‘Make-It-a-Habit’ worksheets and journalling, to keep readers on a path to success.

Categories: Assertiveness Management Skills, Stress, Self Help Stress Management

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.

Categories: Popular Psychology, Practical & Motivational Self Help


The Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier

“The Secret of the Ages”, was one of the earliest and most influential self-help books that popularized the power of positive thinking. The Secret of the Ages” encourages readers to use the newly emerging psychological tools of visualization, faith, and personal development, to make their greatest dreams and wishes come true.

Categories: Self Help Memory Improvement, Spiritual Inspiration

The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida

The Way of the Superior Man, explores the most important issues in men's lives - from career and family to women and intimacy to love and spirituality - to offer a practical guidebook for living a masculine life of integrity, authenticity, and freedom. Join the internationally renowned expert on sexual spirituality for straightforward advice, empowering skills, body practices, and more to help you realize a life of fulfillment, immediately and without compromise.

Categories: Psychology of Sexuality, Human Sexuality, Spiritual Disciplines & Techniques, 

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

We give up too easily. With a simple change of attitude, what seem like insurmountable obstacles become once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. 

Categories: Philosophy, Health, Family & Lifestyle Self Help

Telling the Story by Geoff Mead

Telling the Story shows how leaders affect our understanding of what is possible and desirable through the stories they tell. 

Categories: Business Management & Leadership, Business Leadership Skills, Business Motivation Skills

Dare to Lead - Brene Brown

In her #1 NYT bestsellers, Brené Brown taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. 

Categories: Business Management & Leadership, Assertiveness Management Skills, Business Leadership Skills

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich provides the reader with 13 principles in the form of a Philosophy of Achievement. The book maintains that desire, faith, and persistence can propel one to great heights if one can suppress negative thoughts and focus on long-term goals.

Categories: Business Motivation Skills, Personal Success, Practical & Motivational Self Help 

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

Discover the secret of how to get rich, starting from where you are, with what you have. 'The Science of Getting Rich' holds the secret to how economic and emotional security can be achieved in a practical, imaginative and non-competitive way, while maintaining a loving and harmonious relationship with all of life.

Categories: Accounting Audits & Auditing, Personal Finance Budgeting, Management Accounting

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabriel Bernstein

In The Universe Has Your Back, Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live.

Categories: Personal Success, Practical & Motivational Self Help, New Age Thought & Practice

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

To make the journey into the now we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. From the very first page we move rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where we breathe a lighter air. We become connected to the indestructible essence of our Being, “The eternal, ever present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.” 

Categories: Personal Transformation, New Age, Education & Reference


Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.

Categories: Personalities, Military History of Prisoners of War, Military History of War Crimes, Philosophy

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R Covey

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for nearly three decades. It has transformed the lives of presidents and CEOs, educators and parents—millions of people of all ages and occupations. Now, this 30th anniversary edition of the timeless classic commemorates the wisdom of the 7 Habits with modern additions from Sean Covey.

Categories: Business Leadership Skills, Practical & Motivational Self Help, Business Management & Leadership

The Tao of Leadership by John Heider

This bestselling masterpiece of practical philosophy will guide you to enhanced interpersonal relationships and the cultivation of enduring leadership qualities. Heider provides simplest and clearest advice on how to be the very best kind of leader: be faithful, trust the process, pay attention, and inspire others to become their own leaders. The Tao of Leadership is a blend of practical insight and profound wisdom, offering inspiration and advice. 

Categories: Taoism, Organisational Theory & Behaviour Management Course in Miracles

The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday

The Daily Stoic is a wise, calming, page-a-day guide to living a good life, offering inspirational daily doses of classic wisdom. Each page features a powerful quotation from the likes of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or philosopher Epictetus, as well as historical anecdotes and thought-provoking commentary to help you tackle any problem, approach any goal and find the serenity, self-knowledge and resilience you need to live well.

Categories: Philosophy History, History & Survey of Philosophy, Business Management & Leadership

Nonviolent Communication - A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships by Marshall B. Rosenberg

What is Violent Communication? If "violent" means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate - judging others, bullying, having racial bias, blaming, finger pointing, discriminating, speaking without listening, criticizing others or ourselves, name-calling, reacting when angry, using political rhetoric, being defensive or judging who's "good/bad" or what's "right/wrong" with people--could indeed be called "violent communication."

Categories: Scientific Psycholog

Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery by Chögyam Trungpa

Many of us, without even realizing it, are dominated by fear. We might be aware of some of our fears—perhaps we are afraid of public speaking, of financial hardship, or of losing a loved one. Chögyam Trungpa shows us that most of us suffer from a far more pervasive fearfulness: fear of ourselves. We feel ashamed and embarrassed to look at our feelings or acknowledge our styles of thinking and acting; we don’t want to face the reality of our moment-to-moment experience. It is this fear that keeps us trapped in cycles of suffering, despair, and distress.

Categories: Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Philosophy of Buddhism

Atomic Habits by James Clear

People think that when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions: doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call.

Categories: Behavioural Sciences, Self-Help, Cognition & Cognitive Psychology

Listen to Money Isn't the Problem, You Are by Dain Heer, Gary M. Douglas

This book offers you "out of the box" concepts with money - Money Isn't The Problem, You Are is written for people who live in a constant state of difficulty around money, whether it's spending too much, not having enough, or having too much. In Money Isn't The Problem, You Are, Gary Douglas and Dain Heer share processes, tools, and points of view that you can use to change the way money flows into your life. 

Categories: Self-Help, Practical & Motivational Self Help, Popular Psychology

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

In 2006, a groundbreaking feature-length film revealed the great mystery of the universe - The Secret. Later that year, Rhonda Byrne followed with a book that became a worldwide bestseller.

Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religious and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.

Categories: Practical & Motivational Self Help, New Age Thought & PracticeSelf-Help

Courage Is Calling by Ryan Holiday

An inspiring anthem to the power, promise, and challenges of courage, the first in a series examining the timeless Stoic virtues from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ryan Holiday

Fortune favours the bold. All great leaders of history have known this, and were successful because of the risks they dared to take. But today so many of us are paralysed by fear.

Categories: History & Survey of Philosophy, Business & Economic History, Practical & Motivational Self Help

Man UNcivilized by Traver Boehm

There is an epidemic in the male world right now — that of unexpressed purpose and unacknowledged pain. Man UNcivilized will show you how to live your truth and stop running from your past hurts.

Know this, your pain is valid, you are not broken and you are certainly not alone. 

In 2015, I got divorced. And sober. One was like falling down the side of a cliff for a year. The other was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Categories: Self-Help, Practical & Motivational Self Help

The Millionaire Booklet by Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone wants to simplify the process of becoming a millionaire and, if you want, even super rich. This isn’t some pie in the sky, out of reach big claim. He knows it is attainable because he has used the information here and done it.

The eight steps Grant Cardone lays out is in a very simple to understand language that will allow you to get started today in creating the money you deserve. Let’s face it, your parents didn’t teach you how to get rich and the schools and colleges don’t even talk about it.

Categories: Personal Finance, Finance, Self-Help

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

From the Academy Award®-winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction.

I've been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.

Categories: Individual Directors, Theatre & Performance Artist Biographies, Actors & Entertainers Biographies

Eternal Echoes: Exploring Our Hunger To Belong by John O'Donohue

There is a divine restlessness in the human heart today, an eternal echo of longing that lives deep within us and never lets us settle for what we have or where we are. Now, in this exquisitely crafted, inspirational book, John O'Donohue explores that most basic of human desires - the desire to belong. It is a desire that constantly draws us towards new possibilities of self-discovery, friendship and creativity.

In Eternal Echoes John O'Donohue embarks upon a journey of discovery into the heart of our post-modern world - a hungry, homeless world that suffers from a deep sense of isolation and fragmentation. With the thousand-year-old shelter of divine belonging now shattered, we seem to have lost our way in this magical, wondrous universe.

Categories: Irish Poetry, Mystical Poetry and Course in Miracles (Books)

The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

Achieve "Massive Action" results and accomplish your business dreams!

While most people operate with only three degrees of action-no action, retreat, or normal action-if you're after big goals, you don't want to settle for the ordinary. To reach the next level, you must understand the coveted 4th degree of action. This 4th degree, also know as the 10 X Rule, is that level of action that guarantees companies and individuals realize their goals and dreams.

Categories: Career Guides, Strategy Management, Business Management & Leadership

The Secret to Attracting Money by Joe Vitale 

Bestselling author and The Secret co-star Dr. Joe Vitale teaches you how to attract money easily and effortlessly by harnessing the astounding power of the Law of Attraction! 

The potential to attract money and create abundant wealth doesn't reside in your job, your circumstances, or even the economy. It resides within you. Your mind is equipped with the natural ability to attract as much money as you want and need - at anytime, anyplace, in any financial climate, without struggle. You just have to know how to trigger it. 

Categories: Occult Spiritualism, Parapsychology, Popular Psychology




Divorceless Relationships by Gary M Douglas, Dr. Dain Heer. 

Narrated by: Max Zoulek
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins

Most of us spend a lot of time divorcing parts and pieces of ourselves in order to care for someone else. For example, you like to go jogging but instead of jogging, you spend that time with your partner to show him or her that you really care. "I love you so much that I would give up this thing that is valuable to me so I can be with you." This is one of the ways you divorce you to create an intimate relationship.

How often does divorcing you really work in the long run? A "divorceless" relationship is one where you don't have to divorce any part of you in order to be in a relationship with someone else. It is a place where everyone and everything you are in a relationship with can become greater as a result of the relationship.

Categories: Relationships, Parenting & Personal Development

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A New Earth - Awakening Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins

Building on the astonishing success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle presents listeners with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity. 

Tolle tells us there is good news, however. There is an alternative to this potentially dire situation. Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. 

In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are, which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are, and learn to live and breathe freely.

Categories: Politics & Social Sciences

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How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Narrated by: Brené Brown
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins

Every time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative, or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable. Most of us try to fight those feelings - we strive to appear perfect.

In a powerful new vision Dr Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability - from revealing our true selves - we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across every area of our lives including home, relationships, work and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees.

This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.

Categories: Business & Careers

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Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday

Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins

Throughout history, there's been one indelible quality that great leaders, makers, artists and fighters have shared. The Zen Buddhists described it as inner peace, the Stoics called it ataraxia and Ryan Holiday calls it stillness: the ability to be steady, focussed and calm in a constantly busy world.

This quality, valued by every major school of thought from Buddha to Seneca, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, is urgently necessary today. And, Holiday shows, it is entirely attainable. Just as Winston Churchill used bricklaying as a time to recharge and reflect, or Oprah Winfrey learned deep empathy from her quiet childhood, we can all benefit from stillness to feed into our greater ambitions - whether winning a battle, building a business, or simply finding happiness, peace and self-direction.

Filled with wisdom and examples from historical and contemporary figures, this audiobook shows how to cultivate this quality in your own life. Because stillness is not merely inactivity, but the doorway to the self-mastery, discipline and focus necessary to succeed in this competitive, noisy world.

Categories: Business & Careers


The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - A Spiritual Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny by Robin Sharma

Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins

Now published in over 70 languages, this number one international best seller gently offers answers to life's biggest questions as well as a practical process to help you create prosperity, vitality, happiness and inner peace. 

This is the incredible story of Julian Mantle, a superstar lawyer whose out-of-balance lifestyle leads him to a near-fatal heart attack in a packed courtroom. His collapse brings on a spiritual crisis, forcing him to seek answers to life's most important questions. 

Hoping to find happiness and fulfilment, he embarks upon an extraordinary odyssey to an ancient culture, where he discovers a powerful system to release the potential of his mind, body and soul, and learns to live with greater passion, purpose and peace. 

Brilliantly blending the timeless spiritual wisdom of the East with the cutting-edge success principles of the West, this truly inspiring tale has shown millions of people around the world how to live with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy.

Categories: Literature & Fiction

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Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

Categories: Business & Careers


The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran

Narrated by: Paul Bazely
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins

The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord", is the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran's reliable and accessible version has consistently been the best-selling translation. Easwaran's introduction places the Gita in its historical setting and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. Chapter introductions give clear explanations of key concepts in that chapter. To listen to the scripture without the introductions, listeners should start at track 044. The Bhagavad Gita opens dramatically on a battlefield, as the warrior Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. But as Easwaran points out, the Gita is not what it seems - it's not a dialogue between two mythical figures at the dawn of Indian history. "The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita's subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage" to live a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, and worthwhile. This audio recording is a complete and unabridged reading of Eknath Easwaran's book The Bhagavad Gita. 

Categories: Religion & Spirituality

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The Hero's Journey - Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) by Joseph Campbell

Narrated by: David deVries, Patrick Lawlor, Emily Sutton-Smith
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins

Joseph Campbell, arguably the greatest mythologist of the twentieth century, was certainly one of our greatest storytellers. This masterfully crafted book interweaves conversations between Campbell and some of the people he inspired, including poet Robert Bly, anthropologist Angeles Arrien, filmmaker David Kennard, Doors drummer John Densmore, psychiatric pioneer Stanislov Grof, Nobel laureate Roger Guillemen, and others. Campbell reflects on subjects ranging from the origins and functions of myth, the role of the artist, and the need for ritual to the ordeals of love and romance. With poetry and humor, Campbell recounts his own quest and conveys the excitement of his lifelong exploration of our mythic traditions, what he called “the one great story of mankind.”

Categories: Biographies & Memoirs

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Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Narrated by: Brené Brown
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins

The physics of vulnerability is simple: if we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and Rising Strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom and hope.

Categories: Relationships, Parenting & Personal Development

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The Alchemist - A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
Length: 4 hrs

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a meditation on the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is art eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

Categories: Literature & Fiction


Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts: Discovering Your True Self Through Internal Family Systems Therapy by Richard C. Schwartz PhD

Narrated by: Richard C. Schwartz PhD
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins

Inside each of us, there are many distinct selves. “Though we’ve been raised to believe that healthy people have a single ‘self’”, explains Dr. Richard C. Schwartz, “acknowledging our multiplicity gives a far deeper awareness of how our minds actually work.” Dr. Schwartz’s pioneering Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy has become renowned in psychotherapy for its power to help us connect with and heal the many distinct facets - or parts - of our psyche. With Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts, he brings you a practical training course for using this method for your growth, well-being, and especially your spiritual journey. 

Categories: Psychotherapy & Clinical Psychology


Good to Great by Jim Collins

Narrated by: Jim Collins

Length: 9 hours and 58 minutes

Built to Last, the defining management study of the '90s, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.

But what about companies that are not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? Are there those that convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? If so, what are the distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great?

Categories: Business Development