Y’all know I *love* to read. I’m super passionate about recommending books that have had a positive effect in my life or the lives of those I’m lucky enough to jam with every day. That leads to a LOT of books.

For the purpose of organizing this goodness in support of a tour through the 100 days of the life-changing enoughness journey that is Get in Gear for the Next Tier, I’ve gotten specific about which books go best with each of the major pillars through which we navigate. (For details about our membership, head over here.)

MUST-reads are in bold.

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Mindset
At Left Brain Turn Right: An Uncommon Path to Shutting Up Your Inner Critic, Giving Fear the Finger, and Having an Amazing Life! by Anthony Meindl https://amazon.com/dp/0615534864/cricfeet-20
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin https://amazon.com/dp/0385348614/cricfeet-20
Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being by Shawn Achor https://amazon.com/gp/product/1524761532/cricfeet-20
Book the Fucking Job! by Anthony Meindl https://amazon.com/dp/0692545832/cricfeet-20
Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential by Amber Rae https://amazon.com/dp/0349420793/cricfeet-20
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath https://amazon.com/dp/1847940854/cricfeet-20
Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way by Steven Pressfield https://amazon.com/dp/1936719010/cricfeet-20
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown https://amazon.com/dp/0753555166/cricfeet-20
Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo https://amazon.com/dp/0593086309/cricfeet-20
Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor https://amazon.com/dp/0753539470/cricfeet-20
How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields https://amazon.com/dp/1781804109/cricfeet-20
Live Your Dreams by Les Brown https://amazon.com/dp/B004KAB6MM/cricfeet-20
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie https://amazon.com/dp/1400045371/cricfeet-20
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck https://amazon.com/dp/0345472322/cricfeet-20
The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins https://amazon.com/dp/1682612384/cricfeet-20
The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life by Todd Herman https://amazon.com/dp/0062959735/cricfeet-20
The Artist’s Journey: The Wake of the Hero’s Journey and the Lifelong Pursuit of Meaning by Steven Pressfield https://amazon.com/dp/1936891549/cricfeet-20
The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence, and Happiness by Steve Peters https://amazon.com/dp/039916359X/cricfeet-20
The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey https://amazon.com/dp/0679778314/cricfeet-20
The Joy of Genius: The Next Step Beyond The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks https://amazon.com/dp/1947637649/cricfeet-20
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan https://amazon.com/dp/1885167776/cricfeet-20
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg https://amazon.com/dp/081298160X/cricfeet-20
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield https://amazon.com/dp/1936891026/cricfeet-20
Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield https://amazon.com/dp/1936891034/cricfeet-20

The Core
Acting Is Everything: An Actor’s Guidebook for a Successful Career in Los Angeles by Judy Kerr https://amazon.com/dp/0962949663/cricfeet-20
Behind the Lines: What It Really Takes to Make It As an Actor by Jordan Ancel https://amazon.com/dp/0615860761/cricfeet-20
Book the Job: 143 Things Actors Need to Know to Make It Happen by Doug Warhit https://amazon.com/dp/0972626271/cricfeet-20
Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation by Sally Hogshead https://amazon.com/dp/0061714704/cricfeet-20
How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead https://amazon.com/dp/B00KFG48A2/cricfeet-20
Making It in Hollywood: Three Steps to Success, Three Steps to Failure by Scott Sedita https://amazon.com/dp/0977064115/cricfeet-20
Now, Discover Your Strengths by Donald O. Clifton and Marcus Buckingham https://amazon.com/dp/0743201140/cricfeet-20
Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business by Bonnie Gillespie https://amazon.com/dp/0972301968/cricfeet-20

Practice
Acting Face to Face: The Actor’s Guide to Understanding How Your Face Communicates Emotion for TV and Film by John Sudol https://amazon.com/dp/1490561196/cricfeet-20
Actions: The Actors’ Thesaurus by Marina Caldarone https://amazon.com/dp/0896762521/cricfeet-20
Audition by Michael Shurtleff https://amazon.com/dp/0553272950/cricfeet-20
Auditioning for Film and Television: Secrets from a Casting Director by Nancy Bishop https://amazon.com/dp/1472526368/cricfeet-20
Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne https://amazon.com/dp/1591396190/cricfeet-20
Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk https://amazon.com/dp/B003QPYKMA/cricfeet-20
Drama: An Actor’s Education by John Lithgow https://amazon.com/dp/B0085S1AOY/cricfeet-20
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen https://amazon.com/gp/product/0143126563/cricfeet-20
How to Audition on Camera by Sharon Bialy https://amazon.com/dp/0884485250/cricfeet-20
How to Avoid the Cutting Room Floor by Jordan Goldman https://amazon.com/dp/1512334855/cricfeet-20
How to Make It in Hollywood by Linda Buzzell https://amazon.com/dp/0062732439/cricfeet-20
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk https://amazon.com/dp/006227306X/cricfeet-20
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei https://amazon.com/dp/1477800670/cricfeet-20
Mastering the Audition: How to Perform Under Pressure by Donna Soto-Morettini https://amazon.com/dp/1408160617/cricfeet-20
Next! An Actor’s Guide to Auditioning by Ellie Kanner and Paul Bens https://amazon.com/dp/0943728711/cricfeet-20
Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done by Charlie Gilkey https://amazon.com/dp/1683642635/cricfeet-20
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon https://amazon.com/dp/0761169253/cricfeet-20
The Actor and the Target by Declan Donnellan https://amazon.com/dp/1559362855/cricfeet-20
The Actor as Storyteller: An Introduction to Acting by Bruce Miller https://amazon.com/dp/0879103868/cricfeet-20
The Actor’s Audition Checklist by Doug Warhit https://amazon.com/dp/097262628X/cricfeet-20
True Acting Tips: A Path to Aliveness, Freedom, Passion, and Vitality by Larry Silverberg https://amazon.com/dp/1458413764/cricfeet-20

Relationships
Good in a Room by Stephanie Palmer https://amazon.com/dp/B0015KGWNI/cricfeet-20
Hollywood Insider Exposed by Nelson Aspen https://amazon.com/dp/1741106982/cricfeet-20
How to Make a Man Fall in Love with You by Tracy Cabot https://amazon.com/dp/0440145368/cricfeet-20
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie https://amazon.com/dp/0671027034/cricfeet-20
How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Savvy Socializing in Person and Online by Susan RoAne https://amazon.com/dp/0060957859/cricfeet-20
Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi https://amazon.com/dp/0385346654/cricfeet-20
Open Up or Shut Up: How to Talk Your Way into or Out of Anything by Barbara Deutsch https://amazon.com/dp/1463425848/cricfeet-20
Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency by James Andrew Miller https://amazon.com/dp/0062441388/cricfeet-20
The Actor Takes a Meeting: How to Interview Successfully with Agents, Managers, Producers, and Casting Directors by Stephen Book https://amazon.com/dp/1879505894/cricfeet-20
Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith https://amazon.com/dp/0470635495/cricfeet-20
Word Play: What Happens When People Talk by Peter Farb https://amazon.com/dp/0679734082/cricfeet-20
You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen https://amazon.com/dp/0060959622/cricfeet-20

Content Creation
Cast Yourself: The Actor’s Guide to Self-Producing by Kathi Carey https://amazon.com/dp/0578567547/cricfeet-20
Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants to Do This, and Other Lies from a Life in the Screen Trade by Bruce Beresford https://amazon.com/dp/0732284392/cricfeet-20
Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit: Why That Is and What You Can Do About It by Steven Pressfield https://amazon.com/dp/1936891492/cricfeet-20
On the Set: The Hidden Rules of Movie Making Etiquette by Paul J. Salamoff https://amazon.com/dp/0977291146/cricfeet-20
Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder https://amazon.com/dp/1932907009/cricfeet-20
Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business by Chad Gervich https://amazon.com/dp/0307395316/cricfeet-20
The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking: An Insider’s Guide to Making Movies Outside of Hollywood by Mark Polish, Michael Polish, and Jonathan Sheldon https://amazon.com/dp/0156029529/cricfeet-20
The First Time I Got Paid for It: Writers’ Tales from the Hollywood Trenches edited by Peter Lefcourt and Laura J. Shapiro https://amazon.com/dp/0306810972/cricfeet-20
Unsold Television Pilots: 1955-1989 by Lee Goldberg https://amazon.com/dp/B011CS19QM/cricfeet-20

Money
Chillpreneur: The New Rules for Creating Success, Freedom, and Abundance on Your Terms by Denise Duffield-Thomas https://amazon.com/dp/1788172035/cricfeet-20
Get Rich, Lucky Bitch: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First Class Life by Denise Duffield-Thomas https://amazon.com/dp/1478181494/cricfeet-20
Getting the Money: A Step-by-Step Guide for Writing Business Plans for Film by Jeremy Juuso https://amazon.com/dp/1932907645/cricfeet-20
I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi https://amazon.com/dp/0761147489/cricfeet-20
Inc. Yourself: How to Profit by Setting Up Your Own Corporation by Judith McQuown https://amazon.com/dp/1601633017/cricfeet-20
It’s Not Your Money: How to Live Fully from Divine Abundance by Tosha Silver https://amazon.com/dp/1401954731/cricfeet-20
Money and the Law of Attraction by Esther Hicks https://moneyandthelawofattraction.com
Survival Jobs: 154 Ways to Make Money While Pursuing Your Dreams by Deborah Jacobson https://amazon.com/dp/0767901509/cricfeet-20
The Actor’s Guide to Money Management by Miata Edoga https://abundancebound.com
The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn https://amazon.com/dp/0375752250/cricfeet-20
The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity: A Simple Guide to Unlimited Abundance by Edwene Gaines https://amazon.com/dp/1594861951/cricfeet-20

Self-Care
SMFA: The Ninja Within by Bonnie Gillespie https://amazon.com/dp/0972301909/cricfeet-20
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do by Sarah Knight https://amazon.com/dp/0316270725/cricfeet-20
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo https://amazon.com/dp/1607747308/cricfeet-20
Use Your Brain to Change Your Age by Daniel Amen https://amazon.com/dp/0307888541/cricfeet-20

Woo-Woo
A Year of Living Consciously: 365 Daily Inspirations for Creating a Life of Passion and Purpose by Gay Hendricks https://amazon.com/dp/0062515888/cricfeet-20
Ask and It Is Given Cards by Esther Hicks https://amazon.com/dp/1401910513/cricfeet-20
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert https://amazon.com/dp/1594634726/cricfeet-20
Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings by Lynn Grabhorn https://amazon.com/gp/product/1571747354/cricfeet-20
How to Get What You Really, Really, Really, Really Want by Wayne W. Dyer https://amazon.com/dp/1561705772/cricfeet-20
How to Rule the World from Your Couch by Laura Day https://amazon.com/dp/B005DIA39M/cricfeet-20
Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs that Hold You Back from Living a Better Life by Gabby Bernstein https://amazon.com/dp/1501168967/cricfeet-20
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength and Personal Growth by Iyanla Vanzant https://amazon.com/dp/0684841347/cricfeet-20
Power Thoughts: 365 Daily Affirmations by Louise Hay https://amazon.com/dp/1401905544/cricfeet-20
Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self by Sarah Ban Breathnach https://amazon.com/dp/0446677086/cricfeet-20
Spiritual Marketing: A Proven 5-Step Formula for Easily Creating Wealth from the Inside Out by Joe Vitale https://amazon.com/dp/0759614326/cricfeet-20
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Guide to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron https://amazon.com/dp/1585421464/cricfeet-20
The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks https://amazon.com/gp/product/0061735361/cricfeet-20
The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul by Danielle LaPorte https://amazon.com/dp/1622032519/cricfeet-20
The Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting Playbook by Lynn Grabhorn https://amazon.com/dp/1571746412/cricfeet-20
The Magic (The Secret) by Rhonda Byrne https://amazon.com/dp/1451673442/cricfeet-20
The Only Thing That Matters: Book 2 in the Conversations with Humanity Series by Neale Donald Walsch https://amazon.com/dp/1401941850/cricfeet-20
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff https://amazon.com/dp/0140067477/cricfeet-20
The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff https://amazon.com/dp/0140230165/cricfeet-20
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabby Bernstein https://amazon.com/dp/1781804257/cricfeet-20
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer https://amazon.com/dp/1572245379/cricfeet-20
Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want by Barbara Sher https://amazon.com/dp/0345465180/cricfeet-20

Niches
LA from A to Z: The Actor’s Guide to Surviving and Succeeding in Los Angeles by Thomas Mills https://amazon.com/dp/0325003971/cricfeet-20
The Sitcom Career Book by Mary Lou Belli and Phil Ramuno https://amazon.com/dp/0823028747/cricfeet-20
We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy by Yael Kohen https://amazon.com/dp/1250037786/cricfeet-20

The Hyph Life
Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television by Judith Weston https://amazon.com/dp/0941188248/cricfeet-20
I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It by Barbara Sher https://amazon.com/dp/0440505003/cricfeet-20
Nine Lives: From Stripper to Schoolteacher, My Year-Long Odyssey in the Workplace by Lynn Snowden https://amazon.com/dp/0393036731/cricfeet-20
Refuse to Choose! Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams by Barbara Sher https://amazon.com/dp/1594866260/cricfeet-20
The Eight Characters of Comedy: Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing by Scott Sedita https://amazon.com/dp/0977064107/cricfeet-20

Leading the New Hollywood
A Star Is Found: Our Adventures Casting Some of Hollywood’s Biggest Movies by Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins https://amazon.com/dp/B001PTGIKQ/cricfeet-20
Acting Qs: Conversations with Working Actors by Bonnie Gillespie and Blake Robbins https://amazon.com/dp/0972301917/cricfeet-20
An Actor Succeeds: Career Management for the Actor by Terrance Hines and Suzy Vaughan https://amazon.com/dp/057360603X/cricfeet-20
Bossypants by Tina Fey https://amazon.com/dp/0316056871/cricfeet-20
Casting Directors’ Secrets by Ginger Howard https://amazon.com/dp/1581150725/cricfeet-20
Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews by Bonnie Gillespie https://amazon.com/dp/0972301933/cricfeet-20
Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors by Hester Schell https://amazon.com/dp/1932907874/cricfeet-20
Confessions of a Casting Director by Jen Rudin https://amazon.com/dp/0062292099/cricfeet-20
Created by…: Inside the Minds of TV’s Top Show Creators by Steven Priggé https://amazon.com/dp/1879505827/cricfeet-20
Getting the Part: 33 Professional Casting Directors Tell You How to Get Work in Theatre, Films, and TV by Judith Searle https://amazon.com/dp/0879101946/cricfeet-20
How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life by Joanna Barsh https://amazon.com/dp/030746170X/cricfeet-20
How They Cast It: An Insider’s Look at Film and Television Casting by Rob Kendt https://amazon.com/dp/1580650619/cricfeet-20
Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale https://amazon.com/dp/1640950427/cricfeet-20
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek https://amazon.com/dp/1591845327/cricfeet-20
On Leadership by John Gardner https://amazon.com/dp/0029113121/cricfeet-20
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell https://amazon.com/dp/0316017930/cricfeet-20
Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead by Tara Mohr https://amazon.com/dp/1592409601/cricfeet-20
Secrets from the Casting Couch: On-Camera Strategies from a Casting Director by Nancy Bishop https://amazon.com/dp/1408113279/cricfeet-20
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show by Tara Bennett https://amazon.com/dp/1783293578/cricfeet-20
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek https://amazon.com/dp/1591846447/cricfeet-20
Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story by Peter Guber https://amazon.com/dp/1846685575/cricfeet-20
The Actor’s Encyclopedia of Casting Directors: Conversations with Over 100 Casting Directors on How to Get the Job by Karen Kondazian https://amazon.com/dp/1580650139/cricfeet-20
The Backstage Guide to Casting Directors: Who They Are, How They Work, What They Look for in Actors by Hettie Lynne Hurtles https://amazon.com/dp/0823088065/cricfeet-20
The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield https://amazon.com/gp/product/0062364286/cricfeet-20
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born; It’s Grown by Daniel Coyle https://amazon.com/dp/0099519852/cricfeet-20
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell https://amazon.com/dp/0316346624/cricfeet-20
Think Like a Stripper: Business Lessons to Up Your Confidence, Attract More Clients, and Rule Your Market by Erika Lyremark https://amazon.com/dp/1626521131/cricfeet-20
Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright https://amazon.com/dp/0061251321/cricfeet-20
Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss https://amazon.com/dp/1328994961/cricfeet-20
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes https://amazon.com/dp/1471157326/cricfeet-20

Surprise Me
Approval Junkie: My Heartfelt (and Occasionally Inappropriate) Quest to Please Just About Everyone, and Ultimately Myself by Faith Salie https://amazon.com/dp/0553419951/cricfeet-20
Fuck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way by John C. Parkin https://amazon.com/dp/1401927599/cricfeet-20
Heal: Discover Your Unlimited Potential and Awaken the Powerful Healer Within by Kelly Noonan Gores https://amazon.com/dp/158270712X/cricfeet-20
Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus https://amazon.com/dp/0809117541/cricfeet-20
The A-List Playbook: How to Survive Any Crisis While Remaining Wealthy, Famous, and Most Importantly, Skinny by Leslie Gornstein https://amazon.com/dp/1602392854/cricfeet-20

Please share additional books in the comments below! Y’all know I love learning from you as much as you love learning from me! 🙂

Rock on,

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Enoughness is an inside job… and sometimes you need a guide to find your way there. Let Bonnie Gillespie get you started.

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