Nicole’s Top 6 Books
by Nicole Darabi on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

NICOLE’S TOP 6 BOOKS: The Inspiration, Influence and Impact list

I always end each blog post with “Remember, it’s you vs. you” and nothing speaks to that more than seeing the progress I have personally made over the past ten years after listening/reading these six books.  I’m calling it my “Inspiration, Influence and Impact” list.  Most of the time when faced with a challenge, the answer can be found by looking inward and these books have helped me a great deal so I wanted to share this almighty list with you and spread the joy!    

I know most of you think I have my “ish” together 100% of the time. News flash… I don’t. I have to work really hard and make a conscious effort every single day to put into practice all the wonderfully helpful tools I’ve learned from the books that have inspired me. There are particular books I keep in my rotation for reference weekly and sometimes even daily and I’m sharing my list with you.

Any one of us can read a great self-improvement book and think, “okay life I’ve got this – I am ready to make the change to better myself.” But what happens after the excitement of the new philosophies you’ve learned has worn off? Will you go right back to your old ways? Most likely, the answer is “yes,” which is why I suggest keeping these books near at all times to re-read or re-listen to help to reignite your inner warrior anytime you’re feeling pulled back to your old mindset. 

The solution “finding time” to dig into that book you’ve been itching to read is to flip on the audio version and away you go! In the last year my husband and I have introduced this into our lives. HELLO easy! I mean realistically speaking not many of us have a million hours in the day to sit and “read” right? Audio versions are a fantastic way to integrate all those books on your must read lists into your life.  I also find myself feeling eager to go on walks or listen to my audio books while I’m at the gym too. Problem solved! If you are on-the-go, but prefer the written word, grab all six books on Kindle

I hope you find some inspiration within the list of my favorites I’ve put together for you below. Re-read or re-listen to them as many times as you need, I know I do! 

“The most successful people learn something new each day. Knowledge is endless and personal growth is contagious. Always seek more” -Brooke Griffin 

Indulge my friends.

#1) You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero is without a doubt one of my heroes! If mushy koombaya self help books are not your thing never fear. Jen is here to kick your ass in gear and help you learn to stop doubting your greatness and start living the life you’ve always yearned for.  This was the single book that changed the course of my life forever.  IT’S FUNNY and she cusses! I go through times of self doubt just like any normal human and when those feeling creep up all I have to do is pick up this book or listen to any part of it on audio and I am back the saddle of creating my own baddasery.

I suggest getting this book in paperback and audio form… it’s that good!  NOT KIDDING!

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Be sure to check out her second book You are a Badass at Making Money and yes it’s just as good as the 1st book!

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#2) Loving What Is by Byron Katy

Want to start undoing all the daily stressful thoughts that come in and out of your head?  In “Loving What Is,” Byron Katie teaches “The Work” which are four basic questions to ask yourself about any stressful thought you encounter.  Is it true? Can you absolutely know it’s true? How do you react/what happens to your body when you believe that thought? Who would you be without that thought?

Mind blown!

Can it really be that simple?  It can and I’ll tell you, every time I do the work it’s like I’m doing it for the very first time.  Because of “the work” I’ve learned to question everything. Because of it my assumptions about myself and others have lessened. What a freeing experience. I feel everyone must give this book a spin!

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#3) The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

Sorry Grandma about the title of this one! Haha!

I know I’m all about thinking positively and optimistically but I also believe the key to true happiness is having a realistic attitude about what life throws our way. And let’s face it, sometimes life throws us majorly sucky curveballs more often than not. How we cope with those adversities is the true test of resilience.

From the back Cover:

Manson makes the argument—backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes—that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to better stomach lemons. Human beings are flawed and limited—as he writes, “Not everybody can be extraordinary—there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. This, he says, is the real source of empowerment. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties—once we stop running from and avoiding, and start confronting painful truths—we can begin to find the courage and confidence we desperately seek.

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#4) Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

“When we shut ourselves ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.” Can I get an AMEN!

Oh Brene Brown you area true pioneer in the vulnerability movement and have helped me find the courage over the years to let my true self be seen.


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The first book of Brene’s I read is called The Gifts of Imperfection (not pictured because I must have loaned it out to a friend..anyone out there have it?)

Again, another life changer for me. 

‘Brown… urges us to expose and expel our insecurities in order to have the most fulfilling life possible. Her latest is a guidebook for pilgrims on the journey to wholehearted living, which she defines as containing courage, compassion, deliberate boundaries, and connection.’ —Publishers Weekly

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#5) The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg

You all know I’m a lover and promoter of cultivating healthy habits with nutrition and fitness right?   This book is one word “fascinating” as it explores the scientific reason behind habits and why we do what we do. 

Since reading this book I finally have solidified my “why” behind how approach each of my nutrition clients and work around limiting factors they encounter on their path to living a healthier lifestyle. Habits are crucial!  I encourage anyone struggling with inconsistency in any aspect of their lives to pick this book up and give a read or listen while you’re sitting in traffic.

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#6) The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Profound yet so simple.  Never in a million years would I have ever thought four simple truths could leave such a lasting impact on the way I live my day to day life.  This is a great one to whip out and re-read every year to remind yourself that making even the tiniest adjustments in how you view the world and others can change your mindset and bring you inner peace.



The Four Agreements are:

Be impeccable with your word

Don’t take anything personally

Don’t make assumptions

Always do you best


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Remember, it’s YOU vs. YOU!  NOT KIDDING.  Now get to work on being the best version of yourself.  YOU CAN DO IT!

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