Tribeca Top Ten: personal and professional development

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Best-selling author and “the Oprah of audio”, Tim Ferris

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With many of us reassessing our lifestyle and careers in 2020, we thought we’d focus on personal and professional development for our next Tribeca Top Ten list.

To do this we’ve recapped some of our favourite books and podcasts from previous lists, as well as added some websites into our Top Ten to give you plenty of food for thought.


Described as like “Hamish and Andy for your finances”, hosts Glen James and John Pidgeon put a light-hearted lens on discussing finances, covering topics from spending and tax though to side hustles and rewards points. A great mix of expert insights, practical money tips, humour and banter.


Ten years ago researcher/storyteller Brene Brown became an overnight sensation when her TEDx Talk exploded across the globe. Since then her ground-breaking research and learnings around vulnerability has seen her write bestselling books, consult to the likes of NASA, and now produce one of the most listened to podcasts in the world – Unlocking Us. Her purpose is to “explores the ideas, stories, experiences, books, films, and music that reflect the universal experiences of being human, from the bravest moments to the most brokenhearted.” 


Tim Ferriss is an icon among entrepreneur icons. The best-selling author recognised for The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim offers up plenty of his own gold while pulling nuggets of wisdom out of A-list guests, like Arnold Schwarzenegger and LeBron James. His purpose is to figure out what makes a true entrepreneur tick.



Having found early success, Holiday came to the realisation that ego can cloud ambition and hinder personal and professional growth, particularly when accomplishments are tied to self-worth. In fact he had the title of his book tattooed on his forearm as a daily reminder of its message. Armed with his own insights and those from historical and contemporary figures who conquered their own ego, Holiday writes, “You will be less invested in the story you tell about your own specialness, and as a result, you will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work you’ve set out to achieve.”


By the end of this book you should have a better idea of why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to be a badass all the time. Sound good? Described as 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, You are a Baddass is definitely a fun and practical read for helping transform your life.


In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work and in life. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talkthe third most popular TED video of all time. Start With Why shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organisations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.



Ecstra Foundation is a grant making charitable organisation committed to building the financial wellbeing of all Australians. They work as part of the ASIC led National Financial Capability Strategy, supporting people to manage their money and recognising that when more Australians are in control of their financial lives, everyone benefits. The site contains a wealth of resources (pardon the pun) spanning online learning, school programs, wellbeing programs and consumer advocacy services. Well worth (sorry again) checking it out.


Created by WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Inc.), Women Talk Money assists women in having healthier financial conversations with their partners. Through video storytelling, articles and quiz scenarios, this engaging site tackles subjects ranging from relationships and money, getting married, splitting up, and taking a break from work.


We couldn’t recommend websites focused on personal and professional development without including TED. If you haven’t heard of TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), the site features presenters covering topics (in under 18 mins) all grounded in the philosophy that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. The best place to start is the top 25 talks of all time. Believe us, you’ll want to keep coming back for more.

ted.com/playlists/the most popular talks of all

If you’re thinking or needing to take your career in a new direction, Coursera is a great place to start. Offering courses, certificates and degrees from universities and organisations across the globe, Coursera is one of the most popular online learning platforms for learning a new skill, adding to your expertise or preparing you for a career change. And the best part is many of the courses are free. You can even study a degree such as a Masters at a heavily reduced cost.


Stay tuned for our next Tribeca Top Ten, and please share with us any of your favourite recommendations by emailing us at marketing@tribecafinancial.com.au.

And if you missed our previous Top Ten lists, click here for unputdownable books, here for must-listen podcasts, here for binge-worthy TV shows and here for trending YouTube channels.

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