The intensity of our MOJO is directly proportional to the inspiration that feeds it. Inspiration comes in many guises including that of the most mundane and ordinary things.

What’s inspiring MOJO caffeine for one person, might be night-time cold medicine for someone else. Frustratingly, it can hit when you least expect it. However, there are ways you can increase your MOJO mobilising opportunities. Carve out some time to immerse your senses in the stories, experiences, tastes and sites that feed your soul and exhilarate your mind.

I’ve collected a few of my favourite MOJO mobilising books and videos to help release your own MOJO. Check them out and drop me a line if you’d like to discuss them or to suggest others to include.

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Inspiring Books:

  1. Join Me: The true story of a Man Who Started a Cult by Accident, Danny Wallace
  2. Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, William C. Taylor & Polly LaBarre
  3. Happier, Tal Ben-Shahar, PH.D
  4. Onward: How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing its Soul, Howard Schultz
  5. The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius, Nancy C Andreasen
  6. And What Do You Do?: 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career, Barrie Hopson and Katie Ledger
  7. Anyone Can Do It: Building Coffee Republic From Our Kitchen Table, Sahar and Bobby Hashemi
  8. The Art of Non-Conformity, Chris Guillebeau
  9. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work, Shawn Achor
  10. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise Your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment, Martin Seligman
  11. Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul, Stuart Brown M.D.
  12. Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
  13. Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands, Kevin Roberts
  14. Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, John Mackey and Raj Sisodia
  15. One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life, Marci Alboher

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Jack London

Inspiring Videos:

  1. Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html
  2. Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html
  3. Brené Brown: Listening to Shame
    http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame
  4. Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
    http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html
  5. Steve Jobs: 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
  6. Professor Mark Williams: The Science of Mindfulness
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GVwnxkWmSM
  7. Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness
    http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy.html
  8. Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation
    http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html
  9. Isabel Allende: Tales of Passion
    http://www.ted.com/talks/isabel_allende_tells_tales_of_passion?language=en
  10. Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days
    http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days?language=en