It’s that time of year again – the daffodils are starting to peek their heads through the soil, the evenings are feeling just that tiny bit longer, and everyone is talking about books. Well, maybe not everyone, but at Metis Ireland, we love World Book Day. We are all avid readers and love getting lost in a novel or learning great new ways to succeed from a non-fiction title.


So, this World Book Day, we asked members of the team about the books that have had the biggest impact on them and have shaped them into the people they are today. We asked them specifically for books that inspired growth. Check out the titles below and get yourself down to Eason.


Carl Widger


Your One Wild and Precious Life by Dr Maureen Gaffney


This amazing book reminds us all about where we have come from and that life is not a dress rehearsal. It was the winner of the Audience Choice Irish Book Award last year and I can see why – it’s a must-read to inspire you to live your best life.


Heart Minded: How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love by Sarah Blondin


This book is packed with meditations. In our busy lives it can seem impossible to turn off our minds. Sarah Blondin helps you reset and accept that sometimes life will be stressful, but meditation can help to calm your mind and accept the rollercoaster of emotions that life can be.


Sinéad Dennehy


Rules of Life by Richard Templar


The Rules of Life are guiding principles that allow us to get more out of life, deal with adversity, and generally be a more fulfilled person. This book gives daily wisdom, thoughts and ideas so it is easy to pick and put down as you like.


Ronan Queally


The Diary of a CEO’ Podcast with Steven Bartlett (ok Ronan, we’ll forgive you that it’s not a book!)


I listen to ‘The Diary of a CEO’ podcast every Monday and it’s brilliant. The host, Steven Bartlett, is one of the Dragons on this season’s Dragon’s Den and each week he interviews a new person who has done something incredible with their life. Every week that I listen I learn something new and love hearing such successful people open up about their lives.


Happy Sexy Millionaire by Steven Bartlett


Written by the host of ‘The Diary of a CEO’, this book is titled referencing the things Steven thought he needed to be happy when he was younger. It’s a really inspiring read and has tonnes of nuggets of wisdom for the reader to talk away with them.


Cian Callaghan


Beyond Order: 12 More Rules of Life by Jordan Peterson


This second book by Jordan Peterson is great at teaching you to adapt in an ever-transforming world. It’s all about finding meaning in our chaotic modern lives and I loved it.


The Critical Thinking Project by Hugo Newman


Although not an actual book, The Critical Thinking Project is a great initiative set up by Hugo Newman teaching people how to critically think using a scientific method. Definitely worth a read or a Google search!


Susan Walsh


Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson


This is a simple guidebook of over 100 short essays with tips to help us stop worrying about everyday stresses. We all have hurried stressful lives and this guide provides pearls of wisdom to help us be calm and put things into perspective.


I love that you can dip in and out of this book at your leisure and learn something new each time. While some of the tips are certainly not unique, the aim of the book is to help us be more patient, compassionate, confident and empathetic with ourselves and others. Some of my favourites are: Look Beyond Behaviour, Learn to Live in the Present Moment, and of course, Become a Less Aggressive Driver.


Paddy O’Halloran


Bud, Sweat, & Tees: Rich Beem’s Walk on the Wild Side of the PGA Tour by Alan Shipnuck


This biographical book gives you a great insight into the world of golf and the relationships these golfers had with their caddies. It’s colourful and full of great, entertaining stories. Perfect for any golf lover.


Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

This book is a memoir by Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike. It’s a great reminder that the path to success isn’t always easy or straightforward. It’s a great read and really inspiring for any entrepreneur or person with a dream.


Have you got a favourite book you’d love to share with us? Let us know, we are always looking to expand our Metis Ireland library!



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