Happiness is…

I hope you’re taking a few days off over Christmas and New Year. We need a little time to recharge and eat our bodyweight in cheese, right?

Zactly.Cartoon of girl hidden behind a giant pile of books

I’m planning on reading. Doing lots and lots of reading, because I bloody love to read and I have not done as much of it as I’d like recently.

Lots of tea, lots of cheese, lots of reading: that’s my plan.

On the offchance you might fancy doing a little reading, I’m sharing my highlights from this year. In no particular order and for your reading pleasure, I present:

  • Born Standing Up — Steve Martin (this is his autobiography and it is excellent)
  • The Talent Code — Daniel Coyle (a game changer if you think you “can’t” learn to be good at something)
  • Skyfaring — Mark Vanhoenacker (a poetic look at the world through the eyes of a pilot)
  • Daring Greatly — Brené Brown (another game changer if you’re troubled by guilt and shame)
  • London — Edward Rutherford (historic storytelling at its best — a rip-roaring ride through all the ages of London)
  • The 4-Hour Workweek — Tim Ferris (packed full of useful advice about how to work smarter)
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — Stephen Covey (just brilliant. I re-read this every now and then)
  • It — Stephen King (horrifyingly compelling)
  • Mindset — Carol Dweck (again, a game changer if you believe talent is innate. It’s not)

Would you share with me the best book you’ve read this year? I think, of all those, the one that’s made the biggest impact on me is The Talent Code. What’s yours?



Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.

PS Here’s another recommendation for you: my own book, Business For Superheroes. Buy yourself a copy and you’ll discover everything you need to put together a marketing campaign that could win you that dream customer in January…

Or, you know, you could carry on doing the same stuff you’ve always done – and keep getting the same results. Which, if you’re happy with that, is groovy. If you want more, though? Time to step up and make it happen 🙂

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